As National Journal reported Wednesday — while “Democrats have lampooned House Republicans for passing a measure this month that would virtually outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy as the latest shot fired in the “war on women” — the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll shows that the measure is supported by a majority of Americans 48 percent to 44 percent.
The survey’s 1,005 adult respondents “were told that the legislation included exceptions in cases of rape and incest that were reported to authorities.”
They were also told supporters say the bill was necessary because a fetus can feel pain at that point in pregnancy and that opponents say the measure undermines abortion rights granted by the Supreme Court in 1973.
The survey results came the day after Fort Worth Democrat Sen. Wendy Davis stood for over eleven hours to filibuster a similar measure in Texas, which would have imposed a state ban on abortions after 20 weeks and placed new restrictions on abortion clinics.
As Business Week reported Wednesday, Davis– “had planned to speak until time ran out on the special legislative session, blocking a vote.”
“Controversy ensued” after Texas Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst ruled that her comments regarding a 2011 abortion law weren’t relevant to the bill, forcing her to end the filibuster.”
The crowd of pro-abortion advocates “many wearing orange shirts to back her attempt to block the bill,” chanted: “Let her speak, let her speak.”
At three a.m. – “amid a din of jeers and catcalls” from pro-abortion advocates who were “angered by the prospect of tighter abortion restrictions” — the lawmakers voted to accept Dewhurst’s ruling and passed the bill by a vote of 19 to 10.
However, because Democratic senators said the vote occurred after the session’s midnight deadline, the vote was reversed.
“We had an unruly mob of hundreds, if not 1,000 people,” Dewhurst told reporters after the vote.
An angry mob using Occupy Wall Street strategies tried all day to derail legislation that was trying to save the lives of women and babies.
Before Dewhurst stopped Davis’ filibuster, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, told reporters that the Republican effort to ban late-term abortions was “the dirtiest political fighting” she had “ever seen.”
As pro-abortion advocates in the gallery jeered and disrupted proceedings — in an effort to assist the Democrat maneuver to block the measure — President Barack Obama tweeted his support of the endeavor.
Something special is happening in Austin tonight.
The National Journal survey showed that support for the 20-week abortion ban was greatest among Republicans, with 59 percent in favor. Among those Americans “not affiliated with either major party,” 53 percent “sided with the GOP-backed measure.”
Only Democrats — 59 percent of them — opposed to the ban.
Most notable, the poll showed that – while 46 percent of the men surveyed supported the measure – 50 percent of women supported the Republican bill to ban late-term abortion.
“Among all age groups,” National Journal noted that “it was young Americans – who have regularly sided with Democratic priorities in the age of Obama – who most strongly supported the measure” by a healthy 52 percent.
Overall, the National Journal survey simply confirms that Democrats — not Republicans — are out of step with the current national opinion of late-term abortion.
A January Gallup pollhttp://www.gallup.com/poll/160058/majority-americans-support-roe-wade-decision.aspx found that — while 53 percent opposed overturning Roe v. Wade – 52 percent also said abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances.”
While 61 percent said abortions should be legal during the first trimester, 64 percent said abortion should be illegal in the second trimester. An astounding 80 percent said abortion should be illegal during the third trimester.
Gallup’s May survey – released as now convicted Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell awaited the jury’s verdict on his first degree murder trial — showed that 52 percent still thought abortion should only be legal under certain circumstances.
Gallup’s survey also showed that the majority of women agreed that abortion should only be legal under certain circumstances.
Still, after House Republicans passed Rep. Trent Franks’ (R-Ariz.) “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” by a vote of 228-196 – a measure supported by the American majority and six congressional Democrats — Lindsay Siler, the national director of issue campaigns for Organizing for Action (OFA) — formerly known as President Barack Obama’s reelection squad, Obama for America — sent out an email condemning the legislation as “one of the most unbelievable, unconstitutional attacks on women’s health in a long time.”
Pat Dollard noted June 19 that Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill’s passage “yet another Republican attempt to endanger women.”
It is disrespectful to women. It is unsafe for families and it is unconstitutional.
On June 18, The Associated Press reported that:
In the short term, the bill will go nowhere. The Democratic-controlled Senate will ignore it and the White House says the president would veto it if it ever reached his desk.
Pro-abortion groups “argued that the 20-week ban, in addition to being unconstitutional, would affect women just at the point of learning of a fetal anomaly or determining that the pregnancy could put the mother’s life in danger.”
As Examiner noted June 19, “fetal anomaly” is another way of saying “birth defect,” and liberals have consistently made it clear how they feel about children with birth defects and women who choose not to abort them after finding out they aren’t physically perfect.
Also, since the bill allows exceptions to the 20-week ban in cases “when a physical condition threatens the life of the mother” and for “instances of rape and incest,” how does this measure “endanger women?”
As Examiner noted further, “Democrats even want to have the right to kill a child that isn’t the right gender.”
On May 31, 2012, Life News reported that – “after President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood came out in opposition” of the measure — House Democrats “voted overwhelmingly” against a bill that would ban sex-selection abortions.”
The ugly truth is – despite the altruistic claims by Democrats — most women don’t have abortions for health reasons, or to terminate a pregnancy that occurred due to rape or incest.
In 2004, the Alan Guttmacher Institute concluded from its study — “Why Women Have Abortions” — that the top three reasons why women said they got an abortion were:
Having a baby would dramatically change my life – 74 percent
Can’t afford a baby now – 73 percent
Don’t want to be a single mother or having relationship problems – 48 percent
Only 12 percent said they got an abortion for a “physical problem with my health,” one percent said they were “a victim of rape,” and only 0.5 percent said they received an abortion because they “became pregnant as a result of incest.”
Nearly ten years later, a July 2013 report by The Guttmacher Institute, revealed that the majority of women are still having abortions for the same reasons.
In addition to the ban on abortions after 20 weeks, the Republican-sponsored bill in Texas would also have “required abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers by doctors with admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (50 kilometers).
As “most state clinics would have to alter their facilities to meet the requirements,” Business Week also noted Wednesday that abortion-rights advocates also reject this measure because — ironically — “many couldn’t afford it.”
It’s also worthy to note that – as Life News noted Sept. 6, 2011 — the Guttmacher Institute was founded by Alan F. Guttmacher, the former president of America’s number one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and the former Vice President of the American Eugenics Society.