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New SFLA/SFLAction YouGov Poll Shows the YOUTH VOTE Open to Pro-Life Perspectives; Supports Services for Mothers; & Rejects the Biden Administrations’ Radical Agenda 

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Kristi Hamrick - 16 Jan 2024

LESS THAN 1 IN 10 HOLD THE SAME VIEWS AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERSHIP 
MORE THAN 9 IN 10 REJECT THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATIONS’ RECKLESS CHEMICAL ABORTION POLICIES 
MORE THAN HALF (54%) SAID LEGAL RIGHTS BEGIN IN THE WOMB 

“Reaching the key voting bloc that is the Youth Vote doesn’t mean running away from the issue of abortion. It means talking specifically about how to protect Life in law and in service and about plans to help women survive their exposure to an abortion industry that profits from death,” said Students for Life of America (SFLA) and the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement (IPA) President Kristan Hawkins. “The Youth Vote, like most Americans, rejects the late-term abortion extremism seen in numerous state ballot initiatives, Biden Administration regulation, and Pelosi-pushed policies.” 

WASHINGTON D.C. (01-16-2024) — Now five years running, Students for Life of America (SFLA) & the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement (IPA) examine again the political and policy views on the LIFE issue held by a critical demographic – the Youth Vote. Reportedly more than one-third of the electorate and headed toward majority status, the Youth Vote is a key cohort for those looking for traditionally less engaged voters. But as SFLAction has written, they are becoming an important swing vote in races across the country.  A more generally liberal, less partisan cohort to be sure, there are still strong places for connection on the human rights issue of our day – abortion, as identified by this year’s YouGov poll that explored the most current of the abortion issue debates engaged today. 

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“Changing hearts and minds on the human rights issue of abortion means being specific,” said SFLA President Kristan Hawkins. “In light of ballot initiatives, misinformation on protections in place for women’s lives, and radical abortion policies pushed by those who don’t care about what happens to mothers and their preborn children, we wanted to explore just what the Youth Vote – Gen Z and Millennials – are thinking. Far from being lock-step for abortion, many are open to conversation and willing to consider pro-life policies.” 

TO READ THE ENTIRE EXECUTIVE REPORT AND FOR POLLING DETAILS, CLICK HERE. 

THE YOUTH VOTE CARES ABOUT WOMEN EXPOSED TO CHEMICAL ABORTION PILLS AS WELL AS THE ENVIRONMENT: Once again, the Youth Vote rejects the Biden Administration’s reckless No Test, Online Distribution of Chemical Abortion Pills, which expose women to Injury, Infertility, Death, and even Abusers, who use the drugs against women without their knowledge or consent. Once again, more than 9 in 10 rejected the Biden Administration’s FDA policy that got rid of health and safety standards protecting women’s lives and fertility. However, the intensity of that rejection went UP. Asked about the importance of conducting studies on the potential environmental impact of waste and drugs related to abortion, more than 9 in 10 (91%) said that it was somewhat to extremely important to have environmental testing, with 37% saying extremely important – up from 30% last year. 

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OTHER KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE 10-PAGE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 

EVEN AFTER MASSIVE MEDIA MISINFORMATION ON ABORTION, A CLEAR MAJORITY WANTS LESS ABORTION. Once again, more than 6 in 10 (65%) of the Youth Vote support limits on abortion, in all or some circumstances

EVEN POST-ROE, LESS THAN 1 IN 10 SUPPORT THE VIEWS OF DEMORATIC PARTY LEADERSHIP.  Once again, only 9% supported the Democratic Party’s radical agenda of abortion through all 9 months without limits, up to and including allowing infanticide — the death of a baby born during a botched abortion. (To learn more about the Democratic Party’s agenda as seen in support for the “Women’s Health Protection Act” — better called the Women’s Health Endangerment Act — as well as support for infanticide as seen in their refusal to sign onto the Born Alive Infants Protection Actclick here.)  

EVEN WHEN A BABY SURVIVES AN ABORTION, REFUSING TO PROTECT THOSE BORN DURING BOTCHED ABORTIONS IS WILDLY UNPOPULAR AS MORE THAN 9 IN 10 WANTED LIFE-SAVING EFFORTS TO BE GIVEN TO A BABY WHO SURVIVED A BOTCHED ABORTION. 72% supported emergency measures including calling 911 with 19% desiring care, not including 911. Mirroring the same level of radical support as for the Democratic Party’s abortion views, only 9% picked: “Nothing should be done since the mother was trying to have an abortion done.” 

EVEN BEFORE A BABY CAN LIVE OUTSIDE A MOTHER’S WOMB: ABORTION LIMITS BEFORE VIABILITY HAVE BROAD SUPPORT. Half of respondents said abortion should be restricted to either in the first trimester or at 4 months (15 weeks).  

Asked which most closely resembled their view on abortion limits, HEARTBEAT OR BETTER PROTECTIONS WERE A WINNER with 37% supporting17% said abortion protection for preborn life should begin at conception and another 20% said that protection from abortion should begin when a child’s heartbeat is detected   while 15% would limit at 3 months of pregnancy (12 weeks) and 7% said they would limit at almost 4 months/15 weeks.  

EVEN FACED WITH BIDENOMICS, ABORTION IS A KEY VOTE MOTIVATOR: 55% said that abortion ranked among their top 3 issues. 

EVEN THOUGH THIS DEMOGRAPHIC IS SUPPOSED TO WANT MORE ABORTION-LOVING POLITICIANS:  4 in 10 (40%) wanted to support political candidates who support abortion limits with 16% wanting to support someone fighting “strongly in favor of abortion restriction.” 

EVEN THOUGH THIS GENERATION IS TOLD TO TRUST THE MATH FROM CORPORATE ABORTION, THEY WANT A FACT CHECK: After learning that there is no National Abortion Reporting Law to verify what Planned Parenthood et al has really been up to, almost 6 in 10 (57%) supported a National Abortion Reporting law that included tracking complications from abortion, with 25% strongly supporting. Only 10% didn’t want to know what abortionists aren’t telling them. 

ON BALLOT INITIATIVES: As noted in the poll: A number of states have advanced ballot initiatives for state constitutions to include support for abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy and limit a state’s ability to make future laws related to abortion. If passed, these initiatives will have the following effects: 

  • Abortions can be performed at any point up to the birth. 
  • Future abortion-related laws would be much more difficult to pass since they would need to over-ride the state constitution. 
  • Minors are able to have an abortion without input or help from their parents/guardians (adult engagement laws) 
  • Abortions would be funded, in part, by taxes.

A plurality of the Youth Vote did not support the radical implications of such measures, indicating that better educational campaigns need to be engaged in future initiatives. The Youth Vote, by 37%, did not want abortion legal through all 9 months of pregnancy with no limits; 36% supported parents/guardians being involved in a minor’s abortion decision; 24% opposed taxpayer funding; and 21% did not want state legislators to lose their ability to pass laws that relate to abortion. 

ON CONCERN FOR MOMS:“One of the findings that will motivate the pro-life movement to even more education and outreach is the negative impact media misinformation of having on Americans’ fears post-Roe,” said Hawkins. 

Currently, no issue has seemed to occupy headlines more than whether a woman in danger of losing her life can receive the medical care she needs in a nation where more states protect life earlier in pregnancy. Ironically, the laws of all 50 states require life-saving care, but we found that too few knew that the talking points they are fed are false.  

Only 14% knew that all states protect women’s lives in the law, with 35% believing most protected mothers, while 49% believed only some or a few protected pregnant mothers. Shockingly, 2% believed women’s lives were not protected at all.  

The Youth Vote overwhelmingly said – 64% in fact – that over the last two years, they are more concerned than ever that women’s lives are at risk, while 58% said that media reports had raised their concerns. 

Concern for mothers’ needs was also high this demographic. Asked a series of questions about the kind of programs they would support, in general by margins of about 7 in 10, the Youth Vote wanted to see more help for families.  

In fact, more than 3 in 10 said they would be more willing to accept limits on abortion IF there were more services, a true call to action for pro-life legislators moving forward on protecting LIFE in law AND in service. 

ON REJECTION OF PRO-ABORTION FEMINIST DOGMA: In a series of question, almost half of Youth Vote said that a reason was needed to get an abortion, and that it was a horrific experience. In fact, 97% aid abortion was emotionally painful, and 97% said it was physically painful.  

“On the human rights issue of our day – abortion – the fine print matters,” said Hawkins. “Those urging GOP politicians to ignore this vital issue are making a mistake and should take a look at these findings to develop concrete plans and policies. The humanity of the preborn matters to many people, and support for the practical policies that help young families builds good will with young voters. A swing in the pro-life/pro-family  Youth Vote voter participation rate can become a game changer in this election.” 

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), make up the nation’s largest, pro-life youth organization, managing a political and policy operation engaging Americans of all ages but with a special emphasis on the largest segment of voters — the Youth Vote. Together they provide political, legal, educational, and community support for women and children, born and preborn. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,400 groups on middle, high school, college, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. SFLA and SFLAction have more conversations with this generation targeted by the abortion lobby than any other pro-life operation in the world, each week reaching more than 4 million across social media platforms and averaging 1.3 million video views. SFLA has also launched multiple initiatives to lead and serve  the future of the pro-life movement including the Campaign for Abortion Free CitiesStanding With You, and the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement . Over more than 17 years, President Kristan Hawkins has grown SFLAction/SFLA and the Pro-Life Generation into a nearly $20M organization, now preparing for an abortion-free America. 

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