Acknowledging that pain-capable legislation is strongly supported by women and men

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This editorial appeared on page 2 of the October digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please read the issue cover to cover and share with friends using your social media contacts.

Of all the pro-abortion myths recycled by a compliant media, few are as egregiously off the mark and as damaging as the insistence that the pro-life position is some outlier. If you were silly enough to believe what you read in the Washington Post and the New York Times, you would think pro-life legislation, such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is widely opposed by substantial majorities of Americans.

The truth is the exact opposite!

Which may be one reason that when the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House of Representatives 237-189, for the major television networks it was like the proverbial tree in the forest that none of them heard fall. As Katie Yoder of Newsbusters informed us

During their Oct. 4 morning news shows, ABC, CBS and NBC didn’t mention the vote once. But they found time for others topics like fall fashion deals (NBC Today), a new drama starring Actress Connie Britton (ABC Good Morning America) and puppy-related infections (CBS This Morning).

There the usual hit pieces in the Post and the Times and the rest of usual suspects. But then, miracles of miracles, there was this story that appeared in the October 4 Washington Post under the headline, “Most GOP lawmakers support banning late-term abortions — and so do a lot of women.”

To his immense credit, after quoting the pro-abortion line that it’s just “politicians playing politics with health care,” Eugene Scott (who, we are told, “writes about identity politics for The Fix”) observes, “But it’s not just social conservatives who want it to be illegal for women to have what antiabortion activists call a ‘late-term abortion.’ A large percentage of women share that view.”

(By the way a pro-abortion writer recently complained that her side also talks about “late-term abortion.” They do because it makes sense.)

In a November 2014, a Quinnipiac University poll found that in a nationwide poll, 60% said they would support a law such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33% opposed such legislation.

Women? Women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it by 56-36%. Almost exactly as many Democrats (46%) supported the bill as opposed it (47%). Illustrating how widespread is support for such a law, there was majority support in all age groups, including 57% of those 18-29!

In January 2017, the Quinnipiac poll completely rewrote the question, most significantly eliminating the exceptions for rape and incest that were included in the 2014 poll. Still 42% of women said they would support the ban as did 51% of men.

Scott also acknowledged a Marist Poll released in January. In that survey of 2,720 adults, 59% supported banning abortions after 20 weeks, including “nearly half — 49 percent — of Democrats.”

Had he dug a little deeper Scott would have found that exactly the same percentage of women as men–59%–supported the ban in the Marist Poll.

There is widespread public support for a ban on abortions performed at 20 weeks and beyond, the age at which science has shown the unborn child is capable of experiencing pain as she is aborted. And why not? Most Americans understand that aborting children who can experience horrific pain is beyond the pale.