As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on a ban on late-term abortions Wednesday, recent polling shows the American people support such a measure. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) would ban abortions after 20 weeks into the pregnancy.
A Marist poll conducted in January found that 84 percent of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion. This statistic included 7-in-10 who consider themselves “pro-choice.”
A Huffington Post poll taken in 2013 garnered similar results, finding that Americans oppose abortion after 20 weeks, 59 to 30 percent.
Additionally, the Marist poll found that Americans, by a margin of over 20 percent, consider abortion to be “morally wrong” (60 to 38 percent). Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe the abortion rate is higher than it should be in the United States.
Despite their views about the morality of abortion, respondents to the poll were evenly divided between identifying themselves as “pro-life” (45 percent) or “pro-choice” (47 percent).
The poll also found that most Americans–84 percent–think laws “can exist which protect, both, the health and well-being of a woman and the rights of the unborn.”
The House originally planned to vote on the Pain-Capable Act in January to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Instead, today’s vote will fall on the second anniversary of the conviction of the infamous Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist who was found guilty on multiple counts of murdering babies who had survived late-term abortions.
House leaders pulled the Pain-Capable Act in January when several members expressed concern that the legislation only permitted a rape exception to the ban on late-term abortions if the victim reported the rape to the police within 48 hours of its occurrence.
House Republican women, led by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., stepped in to craft a compromise that takes into account the emotional toll rape has on women. The Pain-Capable Act now requires physicians to ensure women have access to counseling or medical care 48 hours prior to any decision to undergo an abortion.
“I would have voted for the bill with no exceptions. I’m a no-exceptions person. But there were legitimate concerns,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who is a registered nurse. With the changed provision, “We recognize that if a woman has a violent act such as rape, we need to be compassionate.”
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