2019 has seen the passing of extreme abortion bills by Democratic politicians throughout the country. In a time where as many Americans identify themselves as pro-life as they do pro-choice, New York has passed legislation which decriminalizes abortion (including fetal homicide) and guarantees abortion as a legal right. Illinois has passed a bill allowing abortions during all 40 weeks of pregnancy and up until the moment of birth. Maine now allows non-doctors to perform abortions. This onslaught of pro-abortion bills has left a tidal wave of opposition in its wake—but perhaps not from the people Democrats were expecting.
While Democrats continue to push for expanding abortion—even up to the day before birth—polling shows that the majority of Americans support limiting abortion. According to a new Marist poll, 75% of adults, both Republican and Democrat, support limiting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy. Only 28% of Democrats support allowing abortion at any time during a woman’s pregnancy. Overwhelmingly, 75% Americans said they opposed using tax dollars to pay for abortions in other countries, 54% oppose using tax dollars to pay for women’s abortions in the United States, 62% oppose aborting children with Down syndrome, and 59% supported banning abortion after 20 weeks except to save the life of the mother. Over half of Americans polled also believed that doctors and nurses who had moral objections to abortion should not be legally required to perform them.
If most Americans support abortion limitations, why is the Democrat party so intent on expanding it? This month, Democrats rejected the Born Alive Survivors Act—an act that would protect and provide medical treatment to newborns born alive after botched abortions—for the 72nd time. This is not healthcare, and this is not about “reproductive rights.” This is infanticide. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently defended his comments that a baby born alive after an abortion should be kept comfortable while a “discussion” ensues about whether or not that infant gets to live or die. Democrat politicians have clearly exposed that they see the preborn as disposable and unworthy of human rights. Again, they are out of touch with Americans, 42% of whom believe that life begins at conception and 56% of whom believe the preborn to be a unique, individual life.
While Democrats are busy expanding abortion, 10 States have passed significant restrictions on abortion. The extreme bills passed in states like New York and Illinois have served to rally Americans to defend the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Alabama passed a complete ban on abortions with the only exception being the life of the mother. Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio have passed bills banning abortion once a heartbeat is detected. Several other states have passed bills that greatly limit abortion. Many of these bills have been blocked by liberal federal judges, despite support from the States.
The message is clear—the majority of the American people do not want expansive abortion on-demand. Democrat politicians are sorely misguided if they believe that their extreme stance on abortion is going to win over the American people. Americans are no longer buying the lie that the preborn are no more than a “clump of cells.” We have too much knowledge and technology today to deny the humanity of the preborn. It is clear to anyone who is willing to take them time to truly learn and understand. Americans are seeing the truth about the humanity and dignity or the preborn—and it’s time for the Democrats to catch up.