Have you seen this?
NARAL, Center for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood Action, and other abortion-choice advocacy groups are touting the “fact” Americans, especially American women of childbearing age, support access to abortion. Specifically, these groups claim the majority of women do not want to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Is the abortion lobby’s narrative of what women want actually what women want, or are they twisting the truth and overstretching their claim to women’s opinions? The latter seems to be true.
Abortion lobbyists are citing a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll which took place June of this year. The study included results from “a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,492 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.”
The question asked of poll respondents was, “As you may know, the 1973 Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade established a woman’s [sic] constitutional right to have an abortion. Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its Roe v. Wade decision or not?” The results showed 67% of respondents said they would like to see Roe upheld, while 74% of women ages 18-44 would like to see it upheld. Seems pretty straightforward, right?
Not so much. In reality, there is absolutely no doubt the majority of Americans support restrictions on abortions — restrictions which Roe v. Wade banned! Knights of Columbus/Marist and Gallup polls conducted in much the same manner as the KFF poll found very different results: the majority of women support common-sense abortion limits!
51% of women say abortion should be restricted to only cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother; 62% support banning abortions after 20 weeks; and 52% say abortion does more harm than good. Why are these results conflicting with the narrative the abortion lobby is trying to force?
One reason may be many Americans don't know what Roe v. Wade says or does or how it affects abortion access. Many Americans who do know Roe v. Wade deals with abortion wrongly think overturning the case would ban abortion instead of sending the decision back to the states.
This ignorance is apparent in the fact most Americans support abortion limits which Roe v. Wade deems unconstitutional. This ignorance would be capitalized on by asking a leading question like the one in the KFF poll instead of a direct question as in the Gallup and Marist polls. In this way, the abortion lobby assumes they know the will of the women in America, when nothing could be further from the truth.
“The abortion lobby's narrative claiming to speak for women — and that virtually all women are pro-abortion — is patently and demonstrably false, and that we're not going to stand for being misrepresented anymore,” stated Lauren Enriquez, Public Relations Manager at Human Coalition, in an interview with Human Defense Initiative.
“I think the growing sentiment among American women is that we're tired of being co-opted by the abortion movement against our will. The abortion movement is constantly making claims like, ‘trust women,’ and ‘women need abortion access,’ and ‘abortion is women's healthcare’ when, in reality, many American women don't agree with those assertions. Having a pro-life woman on the court would bring us a step closer to showing the abortion movement and the general public that we speak for ourselves, and we're not going to let the abortion lobby lump us in with their deadly and unjust ideology anymore. “
Furthermore, Enriquez made a call to action: “Knowing what we do about American women's views of abortion, we say: why not ask the President to nominate someone who identifies with the majority of American women?”
This is the reasoning behind the official White House NextNominee petition, created by the president of Secular Pro-Life Kelsey Hazard and endorsed by Rehumanize International, New Wave Feminists, and Pro-Life San Francisco.
By signing the petition, you can let our President know you support his choice of one of the currently six pro-life women on his short list of judge nominations. You can also find out more about each of the well-educated and experienced pro-life women currently on the list.
As Kelsey pointed out, “a majority of American women support significant abortion restrictions — including the 20 week ban (very likely to end up before the Court) and bans on abortion other than ‘hard cases.’
The will of American women cannot become law without first overturning Roe v. Wade.”
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