By Dave Andrusko
Every few weeks someone in the media will channel the impatience pro-abortionists feel with what the Biden administration is allegedly doing on abortion. He “barely even uses the word abortion,” they complain, according to the AP’s Colleen Long and Zeke Miller.
To “prove” that speaking on abortion is good politics, “There is support for protecting Roe,” Long and Miller write. “In 2020, AP VoteCast found 69% of voters in the presidential election said the Supreme Court should leave the Roe v. Wade decision as is; just 29% said the court should overturn the decision.”
However, if you peruse that poll for even two minutes, you’ll discover from the AP’s Hannah Fingerhut that the public wants limitations that Roe doesn’t allow:
After the first trimester, though, most Americans say there should be restrictions on abortion rights. While many still leave room for abortion in some cases, especially in the second trimester, majorities say abortion in the second or third trimester should usually or always be illegal.
In the second trimester, about a third say abortion should usually — but not always — be illegal, and roughly as many say it should always be illegal. About a third say abortion should always or usually be legal.
A majority — 54% — said abortion in the third trimester should always be illegal, and another 26% said it should usually be illegal. Just 19% said abortion in the third trimester should be legal in all or most cases.
Long and Miller do concede that other administration officials talks up abortion a great deal:
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has used the word multiple times, saying recently of Biden: “He’s committed to working with Congress to codify the constitutional right to safe and legal abortion, as protected by Roe and subsequent Supreme Court precedent.”
Moreover “the recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ease up on restrictions for the abortion pill is a great start. ” This illustrates perfectly how taking shortcuts with women’s health is nothing new for the abortion industry, indeed it is its stock and trade. Those “restrictions”—seeing the abortionist in-person— before swallowing mifepristone, are crucial.
As Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon has written, the screening
determine gestational age (the pills effectiveness drops the farther along the child’s development), check for ectopic pregnancy (the pills do not work in circumstances where the child has implanted outside the uterus), or other contraindications (allergies, other conditions that might make use of the pills particularly dangerous).
Also remember the President’s job approval numbers are terrible: most polls have them at 41%-43%, meaning his numbers are “under water” by double digits. “Two thirds of Independents disapprove,” according to Matt Loffman. “Support among Independents alone dropped eight points in a week.”
Clearly going full-bore on abortion is a risky proposition for a President who is already floundering.