A new Rupublican National Committee (RNC) survey shows that 85% of American voters are opposed to policies permitting abortion on demand at any time during pregnancy. The extreme view of “abortion rights” is the one being pushed by Washington Democrats following the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion that would overrule Roe v. Wade.
The Democratic Party has been aggressively promoting its abortion bill titled as the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) in response to the likely reversal of Roe. If Roe is set aside, the question of abortion regulation or prohibition will be returned to the states to decide individually.
The WHPA would override virtually all state regulations and would enshrine the legal right to abortion in federal law. Under that bill, there would be an absolute right to abortion through viability and thereafter all that would be required for elective abortion up until live birth would be a certification from a single “healthcare provider.” That certification could be made by non-physicians and could be justified if the pregnancy only affects a mother’s mental or emotional condition.
In a failed vote in the Senate last week, Democrats saw 49 of their 50 senators vote in favor of the WHPA. Only Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) refused to support the measure.
The RNC press release of the survey indicated that when voters are asked about the specific provisions in the Democratic proposal, the overwhelming 85% majority rejects their position.
The survey also indicated that only 27% of voters who self-identify as “pro-choice” agree with the WHPA position. Abortion after fetal viability is supported by only 23% of voters, and only 30% of respondents said abortion should be legal after either 15 weeks of pregnancy or the point when an unborn child is able to feel pain.
Asked if abortion should be legal when a couple has been approved as adoptive parents of an unborn child, only 43% of voters agreed that it should.
Many polls are framed in such a way to show that a majority of Americans are in favor of keeping the holding of Roe v. Wade in effect. However, a Fox News poll recently indicated that most Americans favor some restrictions to abortion. That poll showed that 54% of American voters favor state laws prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, and 50% favor a ban beginning at six weeks.
A Rasmussen poll found recently that 65% of Americans prefer the result that would happen with a reversal of Roe. That is, they would rather see abortion decided on a state level by citizens and elected local representatives. Only 18% of Americans said they wanted abortion decisions to be made by the judicial system.