The Hill recently declared, “Poll: Nearly half of Americans say Supreme Court should uphold Roe v. Wade.” This article caused a little stir in the abortion debate because if “nearly half” of those polled think Roe v. Wade should be upheld, the majority must believe otherwise. And, that’s exactly what the poll says.
According to the Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, 46% say the Supreme Court should affirm Roe v. Wade, 36% say they should modify it, and 18% say they should overturn it. So, 54% of those polled believe Roe v. Wade should be either modified or overturned. The important question: what do people mean by “modify?” Thankfully, polling doesn’t leave that question to mere speculation.
Primarily, the poll found that a supermajority – 70% – believe abortion should be illegal after the first trimester. More specifically, a whopping 41% believe that abortion should only be legal in cases of rape and incest while the other 29% believe it should only be legal in the first trimester. Furthermore, only 17% believe abortion should be legal in the second trimester, only 8% in the third trimester, and only 6% up until birth.
This is huge news for the pro-life movement as it shows just how out of touch modern-day Democrats are with public opinion. A few Democrats running for president in 2020 have already signaled their support for third-trimester abortions with similar rhetoric from the others. So, according to this poll, they’re connecting with a whopping 14% of voters!
In addition to 2020 Democratic candidates being out of touch, states like New York and Illinois have followed suit and passed radical bills allowing later abortions. The CAPS/Harris poll actually included something for that, too, posing a question that asked if a mother and doctor could decide to end a baby’s life if it was born with deformities. 70% of the respondents said they should not be able to.
And, naturally, this extremism has caused some backlash, with several states passing bills to profoundly reduce abortions. Many of them being abortion bans when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
These are great numbers for the pro-life movement because they show just how big the gap is on abortion between the public’s opinion and modern-day Democrat rhetoric and legislation. At the least, it shows that a solid amount – 41% – of those polled think abortion should only be legal in cases of rape and incest while only 6% think it should be legal up until birth. And, when you consider that 70% of those polled believe that abortion should be illegal after the first trimester, it really helps you visualize who the radicals are in the abortion debate.
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