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Poll finds large majority of Texans in favor of law protecting unborn children at 20 weeks

by | Jul 9, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Lifers23This is the last post of the day, but it is by no means the least important. In fact, it may rank #1.

NRL News Today has written about this before, but I’m afraid it may have gotten lost in all the coverage of the situation in Texas.

There are multiple provisions in the omnibus pro-life measure being considered in the Second Special Session.

One provision would spare unborn children capable of experiencing pain from abortion, conservatively established at 20 weeks fetal age (it could be earlier in pregnancy). A University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found that a whopping 62% said they would support “prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.” Popular opinion is solidly behind this.

To protect the mother the law also requires that abortions are performed at an ambulatory surgical center and the abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, in case there are complications. In addition, abortionists must administer chemical abortifacients in person, rather than via videoconferencing where he is never in the same room with the mother.

As far as I can tell, these specifics were not asked in this poll, the results of which were reported in a June 20 Texas Tribune story. But it is significant that even though the story’s author sought to minimize how pro-life a state Texas is, we learn that “Laws restricting abortion should be stricter, according to 38 percent of the respondents, while 26 percent said the laws should be less strict and 21 percent said they should be left as they are now.” By a 3-2 margin, Texas want stricter abortion laws.

Given how hostile local and state coverage has been, that is a remarkable response.

Categories: Polling