Youth voters more pro-life this election

Saturday, November 3, 2012
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Young people will have an impact on Tuesday's election, according to a poll commissioned by Students for Life of America.

Seventy-seven percent of 18- to 24-year-olds plan to vote on Tuesday, compared to the 49-percent youth turnout in the 2008 election.

Hawkins, Kristan (Students for Life)Students for Life president, Kristan Hawkins, says, "The HHS mandate -- that mandate that forces employers of faith and conscience to have to provide abortion causing drugs for their employees -- carries negative political currency for two-fifths of young voters."

Hawkins adds that the plurality of young Americans, including those in every major demographic and geographic group, said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supports forcing institutions to pay for procedures that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.

The survey indicates youth are paying attention to the issues, including pro-life issues.

"Forty-nine percent, one half of those we surveyed, graded Obama's tenure as fair or poor, which gives a lot of room for pro-life advocacy groups and pro-family advocacy groups to really step up and talk about where Barack Obama stands on these issues," she says.

Those statistics include young people's reaction to Obama's position on the issue of infanticide. When presented with the facts about Obama as an Illinois senator voting and speaking out against bills to protect infants born alive during abortions, 34 percent said they were less likely to favor Obama. Seventy-four percent of surveyed youth support making sex-selective abortions illegal in the United States.

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