Mon Jun 10, 2019, 09:39 AM

Second Poll confirms, Democrats Abortion position Deeply Unpopular

Maybe listening to Alyssa Milano not a smart move

Yet another poll confirms that the Democratic Party is abandoning the American middle on the abortion issue.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that only 18% of Americans support third-trimester abortion, very close to the 13% result from an earlier Gallup poll. A plurality of the country, nearly 3 in 10 Americans, believe abortion should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest, and to save the mother's life, followed by 23% who support legal abortion up until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy, or about 13 weeks.

The same share of Americans who support abortion up until the point of birth support making abortion illegal either without exception or only to save the life of the mother. In short, Alabama's much-reviled abortion bill is just as popular nationwide as Democratic officials' abortion stance of choice.

clear, not all Democratic officials have embraced the extreme on abortion. After all, it was a Democratic governor who signed one of the nation's strictest abortion restrictions into law. But between the party's presidential contenders' posturing and the party's abandonment of pro-life Democrats such as Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, the party's leaders have made it clear that they're leaving the average American behind.

Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate wants not only to repeal the Hyde Amendment, the provision barring the use of federal funds for abortion that nearly 6 in 10 Americans support, but also to pass laws such as the one in New York that effectively legalize abortion up until the point of birth. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke have both directly backed third-trimester abortion. Every single senator running for president voted against a bill that would have required doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive during a failed abortion, and all have refused to state which restrictions they support on abortion.

The average American views abortion as somewhere between an important last resort and a necessary evil. They don't share the Democratic field's and the prevailing media view that it is a positive good in liberating women.

Most interesting from the Marist poll is a question that ought to be asked of every presidential candidate: When does life begin? 60% of Republicans say it begins at conception, whereas half as many Democrats do. But a plurality of Democrats, 40% of them, believe life begins at some point within the first eight weeks of pregnancy and the point of fetal viability.

This variance demonstrates an important point: Regular Americans aren't arguing the abortion debate in bad faith. For the majority of Republicans, opposing abortion is genuinely the matter of an independent human's right to life, not about controlling women's bodies. The majority of Democrats who support abortion do not believe it ends a human life.

On the national debate stage, politicians constantly impugn the motives of their opponents on this issue, but regular Americans aren't so cynical.

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