By Dave Andrusko
As I’m waiting for Gallup’s annual series of abortion polls to begin, and in light of congressional Democrats refusal to allow debate on any abortion proposal, I’m looking ahead by looking back at some of what we’ve written.
Writing for Gallup, Lydia Saad offered this summary:
[T]he finding that 70% of Americans either oppose abortion or favor limits on it rather than having it legal under any circumstances is echoed in the large majorities of Americans who have consistently said it should not be legal in the second (65%) and third (81%) trimesters.
Two points. First, it’s goes beyond “favor[ing] limits.” A majority [55%] says either that abortion “should be illegal in all circumstances” [20%] or “legal in only a few circumstances” [35%]. Emphasis added.
Second, on the topic of later abortions, writing for Vox, Anna North once opined
“While a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal under at least some circumstances, some polls have found that abortions in the third trimester are more controversial.”
Well….yes. Is there a poll anywhere in the known galaxy that doesn’t agree, including the Gallup poll from which we quoted above? Respondents
have consistently said it should not be legal in the second (65%) and third (81%) trimesters.
A 2018 Marist poll, according to the Catholic News Service, found
overwhelming opposition to later-term abortions. By a nearly three-to-one margin — 71 percent to 25 percent — respondents said abortion generally should be illegal during the third trimester of pregnancy.
What about after 20 weeks? That same poll found
About 66 percent of adults said abortion should be banned after 20 weeks except to save the life of the mother, while 18 percent said abortion should be allowed any time until birth.
We could pull out any number of examples, but the point is made. The question remains…
Is North that deluded, that blinded by abortion advocacy, that caught up in the any-abortion-for-any-reason-whenever mentality that now binds (and blinds) pro-abortion Democrats together that she doesn’t grasp that most Americans are queasy about abortion to begin with, an uneasiness that mounts massively the more developed the baby is?
Small wonder pro-abortion Democrats (a) do not want an up-or-down vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and (b) are desperate to avoid being held accountable for a vote against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
After all, who wants the public to know you’re indifferent to slicing apart babies capable of experiencing pain beyond imagination or that you are so in thrall to the abortion lobby that you can stomach passive infanticide?