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Public strongly supports pain-capable legislation, protection for right of conscience, new poll shows

by | Oct 18, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

Let’s put together some recent NRL News Today posts and see what a new McLaughlin & Associates poll tells us about the “acceptability” of pro-life initiatives and Trump Administration executive actions that protect the rights of conscience.

First, we’d talked about how the narrative that says bills such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act are somehow out of the mainstream has it exactly backwards. The public strongly supports measures that prevent aborting children capable of experiencing pain.

The McLaughlin & Associates poll, the results of which were released Monday, asked about just such a law. A whopping 62% supported “legislation that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks” with exceptions for rape and incest while only 25% opposed.

Likewise NRL News Today wrote about how NRLC applauded HHS’ announcement last week of interim final rule changes to the Affordable Care Act and HHS coverage mandate that would protect moral and religious rights of conscience.“Rights of conscience are extremely important to the right-to-life movement to protect medical professionals, religious institutions and employers from being forced to participate in abortion,” said NRLC President Carol Tobias.

In that vein the McLaughlin & Associates poll asked, “Do you support or oppose giving certain employers freedom not to comply with this [HHS] mandate if they have moral or religious objections?” Of the 1,000 likely voters, 52% supported this while only 36% opposed.

As a follow-up, on Tuesday NRL News Today reported on a decision by the Trump Department of Justice which gave additional weight to the protection.

As you recall, the HHS mandate had sparked a deluge of lawsuits, including one group of more than 70 organizations represented by the law firm Jones Day.

Yesterday the National Catholic Reporter informed its readers that the Department of Justice had reached a settlement so “that plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally unacceptable’ products and procedures.”

The Archdiocese of Washington, DC was one of the plaintiffs. Cardinal Donald Wuerl said, “While the Trump administration’s executive order on religious liberty and new guidelines and regulations are extremely helpful,” the settlement of the lawsuit “adds a leavening of certainty moving forward.”

Conclusion? We are the “mainstream.”

Categories: Legislation