A new survey from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony list found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose Democratic efforts to change abortion laws to allow for the procedure late into a woman’s third term.
According to the survey of 1,000 adults, 77 percent of respondents said laws should be enacted to protect babies who survive abortion procedures.
Specifically, voters favor providing those babies with the same supportive, life-saving care given to other babies that are born prematurely, the Free Beacon reported.
In addition, the survey of likely 2020 voters found that 62 percent were against legislation allowing late-term abortions up to the point of labor.
What’s more, the survey showed wide bipartisan support for protecting babies who survive abortion procedures.
The Free Beacon noted further:
Likewise, 86 percent of Republicans, 70 percent of Democrats, and 75 percent of independents endorsed protecting children who survive abortion. On the topic of late-term abortion, however, there was some division along partisan lines with 71 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of Democrats, and 70 percent of independents opposing efforts to make late-term abortions more accessible.
The results really aren’t surprising, given Americans’ historical preference for limiting abortions to the earliest points in a pregnancy. Last year, Gallup found just 28 percent of respondents believe that abortion ought to be legal in the second trimester of pregnancy while just 13 percent thought it should be allowed during the third trimester.
“Americans overwhelmingly reject the Democratic Party’s extreme agenda of abortion on demand through birth and even beyond,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, SBA List’s president, said in a statement.
“Three in four voters agree babies born alive during a failed abortion should be protected in law, and nearly two-thirds oppose efforts to allow late-term abortion even at the moment of delivery, like those in Virginia and New York,” she added.
The survey comes after New York Democratic majorities in the state legislature passed a bill allowing for very late-term abortions ‘if the health of the mother’ was at stake. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo quickly signed it.
Critics see the legislation as opening the door for more late-term abortions based on the premise that a woman’s health is at risk when it really isn’t. The law also allows non-physicians to perform the procedure.
Similar legislation has been considered by Democrats in Virginia and Massachusetts.
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