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Support for abortion is at a two-year high since a Nov. 27 shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, according to the first national abortion poll and The Washington Post.

The approval of legal abortion went from 51 percent to 58 percent this year between January and December, according to the Associated Press-GFK poll.

Both Democrats and Republicans’ support rose as well. The most support came from independents, in January, 43 percent of independents said they believed in abortion and that it should be legal all or most of the time. The support then rose from 11 percent to 54 percent by December. Support from the Democrats rose to 76 percent, which went up by seven points and support from Republicans rose five points to 40 percent.


While this may be true, in July, the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released a video purporting to show a Planned Parenthood official discussing the illegal sale of fetal tissue, the video did not consist of any explicit discussion of that matter. Despite this matter, Planned Parenthood denied this incident and any wrongdoing.

This poll was conducted a few days after an armed gunman barged into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and killed three people, while another nine were injured. The suspect used the phrase, “no more baby parts,” to explain his actions, according to The Washington Post. The poll included 1,007 adults chosen at random by phone or mail and then interviewed online. The margin of sampling error is 3.4 percent.