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US to Democrats: No, Really, We're Okay with Some Abortion Restrictions


A recent WSJ/NBC news poll has some data that might shock Democrats: Wendy Davis and her sneakers aside, a plurality of Americans support 20 week abortion bans of the kind passed in Texas. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would support the ban, with 37 percent opposed. And the numbers get more interesting the further down you dig. WSJ:

The Journal/NBC poll showed a complexity of views on the bans. More women than men supported the state bans, 46% to 40%. Even college-educated women, a group that strongly supports abortion rights, tipped toward favoring the 20-week restrictions.

And, of course, when you expand the field of questioning from 20-week bans to late-term restrictions in general, the support gets even higher. As Gallup found, “One of the clearest messages from Gallup trends is that Americans oppose late-term abortion.”

In our post on the Texas abortion controversy we noted that “to many voters this will look like a law aimed at making abortion ‘safe, legal and rare.'” It seems we were right. While a lot of abortion policy is contentious and divisive, there is a clear plurality of Americans who both support keeping abortion legal under some circumstances and also support bills that impose some late-term restrictions and improve the safety of abortion centers.

[Image of Pro-Choice Texas Protest from Getty]

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  • bpuharic

    Would that Texans were as comfortable regulating exploding fertilizer plants as they are with regulating women’s sex lives.

    Funny they don’t see the contradiction in ‘big govt regulation’ when it comes to the groin.

    • Parker O’Brien

      Big government? More like government playing its properly limited role of protecting the individual… The sad part is that you rail against an industrial accident as evidence to support no restrictions on the willful termination of millions of lives. (Which by the way isn’t regulating a ‘women’s sex life’, but the results of her sex life)

      • bpuharic

        OOOH!! Let me try! Regulating fertilizer plants is protecting the individual. How do we know that?


        Yeah….no comparison there…

        • Bruce

          The fertilizer plant was covered by 7 federal laws, yet it still exploded. You need to come up with better platitudes.

          • bpuharic

            And you need to stop listening to Rush (PBUH).

            The number of OSHA inspectors has been cut by fifty percent in the last few decades. THe right gutted the law by gutting the inspection agency’s budget.

            Betcha they won’t skimp on abortion clinic inspectors!!

          • cubanbob

            Well Zero hasn’t proposed increasing the number of inspectors in the 4 and a half years he has been nominally in charge either. But there is plenty of money for his vacation expenses.

          • bpuharic

            Gee. Federal spending has gone down under Obama…just like the right wanted…and he’s supposed to be the socialist.

            ANd we know, of course, neither Bush nor the idiot Reagan ever took vacations.

            You right wingers are museum quality nuts.

          • Jeff Jones

            > Gee. Federal spending has gone down under Obama.

            Only you would say that with a straight face.

          • bpuharic

            What’s funny is how illiterate the right wing is while it thumps its chest telling us it’s always right


          • Edward Royce

            Talking Points Memo? ROFLMAO!

          • Ritchie The Riveter

            Again, you cite WHAT … but not the “how much”, let alone the WHY? Tell us what Obama did to cut that spending … as opposed to fight against cutting it?

            Perhaps it was the sequestration … that he was for, before he was against it.

          • bpuharic

            What he did was grow the economy. The economy’s been growing for several years, no matter what Rush (PBUH) says.

            Sorry to present the facts.

            And sequestration is a failure. No one except delusional right wingers thinks it works. In fact most CONSERVATIVE economists think it will shave 0.4 to 1 percent off GDP growth


          • Ritchie The Riveter

            You call this “growth”? This makes the 1970’s look good. That’s the facts.

          • bpuharic

            Yep it’s growth. The fact Wall Street did such heavy damage that it’s taking years to repair?

            Take that up with your right wing masters

          • cubanbob

            Who to believe? You or my lying eyes?

          • Jeff Jones

            Look for the letters ‘Rush (PBUH)’ as an indicator that bpuharic has lost the argument.

          • Guest

            Heh. Indeed.

      • Fred

        Definitions aren’t b’s forte. Slogans and sound bites are more his speed.

  • teapartydoc

    Americans are against murdering babies? Astounding.

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