By Dave Andrusko
If you haven’t already, please immediately read “New poll shows 58%-27% support for replacing District of Columbia’s current abortion-until-birth policy with pending Congressional ban on late abortions.” Doing so is important not only for the specifics that you’ll find but also for it tells us about the difference specificity (as opposed to gauzy pro-abortion rhetoric) can make.
As the headline makes clear, it’s not close. When people find out that abortion is legal for any reason up until the moment of birth in the District of Columbia, by a margin of more than 2-to-1 (58% to 27%) they would be more likely to vote for a lawmaker who would bar abortion in the nation’s capital after “22 weeks of pregnancy” (equal to 20 weeks fetal age). NRLC is backing just such a bill, H.R. 3803, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.). The bill currently has 214 House cosponsors and is scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee on July 18.
What about not permitting abortion anywhere “after the point where substantial medical evidence says that the unborn child can feel pain,” unless it is “necessary to save a mother’s life”? In response to that question, 1,010 adults said that abortion in those cases should not be permitted by a 3-to-1 margin over those who said it should be permitted (63% to 21%).
Note also that in answer to both questions, a lot more women than men took the pro-life position. On the first question, 62% of women versus 53% of men said they were more likely to vote for a Member of Congress who would not allow abortion in the District of Columbia after 22 weeks of pregnancy.
Likewise, on question two: 70% of women as compared with 55% of men do not believe abortion should be permitted after the point where substantial medical evidence says that the unborn child can feel pain, unless an abortion is necessary to save a mother’s life.
If you are looking for evidence that documents the capacity of these unborn children to experience great pain, go to www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/index.html. If you’ve ever asked yourself what abortion method is most often used at this stage, go to www.nrlc.org/abortion/pba/DEabortiongraphic.html where the “D&E” method is depicted in a medical illustration.
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