By NRL Political Department
Editor’s note. This appears in the December issue of NRL News. Please share with your prolife family and friends.
In a recent interview on UnivisionNoticias with Enrique Acevedo, former President Donald Trump defended his record on abortion and his nominations of Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The three Trump-appointed justices, all of which came down on the pro-life side in the historic Dobbs vs. Jackson case, were the tipping point for the Court to finally overturn Roe v. Wade and return to the American people and their elected representatives the ability to set abortion policy.
President Trump also called out Democrats for their support of late abortions and their opposition to measures like the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would ensure that babies born alive during failed abortion attempts are afforded the same degree of medical care as any other baby born at the same gestational age.
“We stopped a very radical agenda, and something will be worked out now because of what we were able to do. That was a tremendous thing when we did it. But, you know, if you look at the agenda, the radicals are really the Democrats because they’ll kill babies in their eighth and ninth month and they’ll kill babies after birth,” Trump stated.
Trump is right. The Democratic Party’s position in favor of unlimited abortion for any reason throughout pregnancy is radical. The refusal by Democrats to adequately protect born-alive infants who survive abortions is radical.
Despite the portrayal of pro-life candidates as “extreme” by pro-abortion groups and their allies in the media, it is really pro-abortion Democrats who are out-of-touch with voters. Just 34 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal under any circumstances, according to a July 2023 Gallup poll. The same survey found only 37 percent of Americans supportive of abortions in the second trimester and just 22 percent supportive of abortions in the third trimester.
A NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted in April 2023 found that even among rank-and-file Democrats, only 39 percent believe abortion should be available throughout pregnancy. Three quarters of Independents in the survey said they would limit abortion to just the first three months of pregnancy.
Polling shows broad public support for protections for unborn children and their mothers. They also indicate support for programs and policies that provide assistance and support to pregnant women in need. For example, 70 percent of Americans support requiring parental notification for minors, including 57 percent of self-described Democrats, according to a 2022 Pew Research poll.
60 percent of Americans oppose their tax dollars being used to pay for abortions, according to a January 2023 Marist poll. The same survey found that 91 percent support the work of pregnancy help centers.
Yet, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Congressional Democrats have doubled down on their support for a nationwide policy allowing unlimited abortions for any reason throughout pregnancy and using taxpayer dollars to fund them.
The White House and Congressional Democrats continue to push the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, which would enshrine unlimited abortion in the federal law and strike down state-level protections for unborn children and their mothers, including parental involvement and informed consent laws. To date, the bill remains an exclusively partisan venture with not a single Republican cosponsor in the House or Senate.
The White House and Congressional Democrats remain almost unanimously opposed to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (The exceptions being just Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas.) This commonsense legislation would ensure that infants born alive during abortion attempts are afforded the same degree of medical care as any other infant born at the same gestational age. It passed in the Republican-controlled House earlier this year.