Abortion isn't the main reason most opponents of Democratic health care reform dislike the proposals currently before Congress, Pew finds in a new survey. In fact, only three percent of opponents listed abortion as their main reason for opposing them, though 56 percent of those opponents list abortion as a "major reason" they oppose Democratic reforms.
It's important to note, however, that the House and Senate bills deal with abortion differently, whereas Pew lumped them together, asking respondents why they opposed "the health care proposals being discussed in Congress."
When this poll was taken (Nov. 12-15), the House had passed its bill, which includes Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-MI) pro-life-supported amendment banning federal subsidies from being used to pay premiums for health care plans that cover elective abortions. The Senate Finance Committee had passed a bill that was less restrictive, and now (after the polling) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has unveiled a bill with language similar to that offered in the House by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), which creates an accounting firewall so that subsidy money doesn't pay for abortions but lets women use subsidies to buy plans that do cover them.