If this doesn’t help the GOP grow a spine on this issue, nothing will.
Today, the Huffington Post released new national polling showing that by a margin of 59 percent to 30 percent, Americans favor a federal law prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks. (You wouldn’t think that from the media coverage of the Texas bill, would you?)
Those feeling strongly about the issue in the poll in favor of laws restricting late-term abortion over those against them is still 2 to 1. Yup. The Democrats just soiled themselves. The country is not with them on this and they have absolutely no wiggle room on this. They have sold their soul to the abortion industry and absolutely can’t give in to any restriction whatsoever. None.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said:
“Including a strong variety of people in favor of abortion, against it, or undecided, Americans overall agree two to one that federal law should at least protect babies past the twenty week (five-month) mark, when they are fully formed and capable of feeling pain. This is a point of great consensus for Americans across the country that has now been reflected in numerous state and national polls. The U.S. House has already voted in favor of protecting children past the 20-week mark and we now call on the U.S. Senate to do the same.”
And let’s make sure there’s none of those b.s. “health of the mother” provisions that essentially make any law meaningless.
I’ll be honest, the incrementalist approach worries me a bit because say by some miracle, the GOP mans up and really begins restricting abortion after 20 weeks, what do we do after we get it? Because on the one hand, pro-lifers would likely lose some support afterwards because a number of people would feel that it was restricted enough now. In truth, one of the reasons the pro-life community is so strong in this country is because our abortion laws are so radical and absolute. If we win some headway, we likely lose at least some support, I think.
On the other hand, having people recognize the humanity of the unborn at 20 weeks might make them wonder why that same baby isn’t human a few days before.
But anything that saves at least some unborn babies, I’m for.