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Finally, an acknowledgement there is widespread support for pain-capable legislation among women

by | Oct 5, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Sometimes–not often, but sometimes–if you beat a truth into the media’s collective head long enough, they might actually see that the pro-life position is not some outlier but often supported by substantial majorities of Americans. And–gasp–acknowledge it.

To be sure this rarely occurs on the three networks. Following Tuesday passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 237-189, Katie Yoder of Newsbusters informs us

During their Oct. 4 morning news shows, ABC, CBS and NBC didn’t mention the vote once. But they found time for others topics like fall fashion deals (NBC Today), a new drama starring Actress Connie Britton (ABC Good Morning America) and puppy-related infections (CBS This Morning).

But then there was this headline from the October 4 Washington Post, “Most GOP lawmakers support banning late-term abortions — and so do a lot of women.”

To his credit, after quoting the pro-abortion line that it’s just “politicians playing politics with health care,” Eugene Scott (who, we are told “writes about identity politics for The Fix”) observes, “But it’s not just social conservatives who want it to be illegal for women to have what antiabortion activists call a ‘late-term abortion.’ A large percentage of women share that view.”

(By the way a pro-abortion writer recently complained that her side also talks about “late-term abortion.” They do because it makes sense.)

In a November 2014, a Quinnipiac poll found that in a nationwide poll, 60% would support a law such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 59-35% in support of such a law, while independent voters supported it by 56-36%. Almost exactly as many Democrats (46%) supported the bill as opposed it (47%). Such a law had majority support in all age groups, including 57% of those 18-29.

In January 2017, the Quinnipiac poll completely rewrote the question, most significantly eliminating the exceptions for rape and incest that were included in the 2014 poll. Still 42% of women said they would support the ban as did 51% of men.

Scott also acknowledged a Marist Poll released in January. In that survey of 2,720 adults, 59% supported banning abortions after 20 weeks, including “nearly half — 49 percent — of Democrats.”

Had he dug a little deeper Scott would have found that exactly the same percentage of women as men–59%–supported the ban.

There is widespread public support for a ban on abortions performed at 20 weeks and beyond, the age at which science has shown the unborn child is capable of experiencing pain as she is aborted.

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