By Dave Andrusko
It’s hardly news to pro-lifers that pro-abortionist and their compliant compatriots in the media weaponized polls on abortion to reach the “right” conclusion. That is, that the public is firmly and decidedly in their corner.
To summarize from a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday, we’re told the public supports Roe v. Wade; does not want “limitations” on abortion; and (stop me if you’ve heard this before) believes “whether to have an abortion should be left to the woman and her doctor.”
But is that all there is? A Marquette University Law School poll offers a fascinating result that I’ve not seen highlighted anywhere else.
On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. At issue is Mississippi’s “Gestational Age Act” which prohibits abortion after the 15th week with narrow exceptions.
What does the public think about this? According to the Los Angeles Times’ David Savage, a poll conducted by the Marquette University Law School asked respondents “if they would favor or oppose a ruling to ‘uphold a state law that (except in cases of medical emergencies or fetal abnormalities) bans abortions after the 15th week of a pregnancy,’ 37% said they favored upholding it, while 32% said they would oppose such a ruling.”
Savage added, “It is a result that pollsters have long observed if respondents are asked several questions about their views on abortion.” The Marquette University Law School poll put it this way: “This is in line with much national polling on abortion over the years, which consistently finds support for maintaining Roe and a right to an abortion but accepts including on the timing of abortions, as in this case.”
That is precisely why, year after year, the Movement is able to pass legislation “restricting” abortion. There are a host of measures already passed and other categories of protective legislation that will pass when the public is fully informed about the sweep of Roe.
Let’s take a step back. The Marquette University Law School poll also found more than twice as many opposed to “striking down” the 1973 decision [47%] then ending it [21%].
But note this. In a nationwide survey of 1,004 adults in the period November 1-10, the poll also found
Despite the intensity of political arguments over Roe for nearly 50 years, 32% say they haven’t heard anything or haven’t heard enough about this issue to have an opinion.
Keeping the public in the dark about how radical Roe v. Wade is a key weapon in the pro-abortionist’s arsenal. To this day, polls on abortion not infrequently frame Roe as “legalizing abortion in the first trimester.”
With the Justices about to hear the Mississippi abortion law, we have an unprecedented opportunity to clear away long-standing ignorance about Roe v. Wade.
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