Polls Show Voters in Pennsylvania, Arkansas Don’t Want Abortion in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
March 11, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — New polling data from Congressional districts in Pennsylvania and Arkansas shows voters there don’t want abortion funding in any health care bill. The pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List released the new polling results as a followup to polls in other states including Ohio and Indiana.
The polling tracked voters in the Arkansas district of Mike Ross and the Pennsylvania districts of Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-3) and Mike Doyle (PA-14).
In all three districts, strong majorities of voters wanted Congress to either start from scratch on a new bill, not pass a health care bill this year or make major changes to the existing bill.
Just 15 percent in Arkansas, 20 percent in PA-3 and 32 percent in PA-14 support the current pro-abortion health care bill with minor changes.
Some 72 percent in Arkansas and 79 and 65 percent in the respective districts oppose funding abortions while just 29 percent said they favor abortion funding in Doyle’s district, 13 percent in Dahlkemper’s and 8 percent in Ross’.
And when it comes to the health care bill, 84 percent in Arkansas, 78 percent in PA-3 and 63 percent in PA-14 said they don’t want abortion funding in the bill.
When it comes to their votes on the Senate pro-abortion health care bill, 72 percent of Ross’ constituents want him to either vote against the health care bill or only support it if it bans abortion funding. The SBA List poll found 72 percent said the same thin in Dahlkemper’s district, and 56 percent said the same thing in Doyle’s.
The poll has 65 percent saying it was less likely they would vote for Ross or Dahlkemper if they back the pro-abortion health care bill and 44 percent would be less likely to support Doyle.
The earlier Susan B. Anthony List poll surveyed congressional districts in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio represented by pro-life Democrats who voted for the Stupak Amendment, which prohibited abortion funding in the House version of the bill. https://www.lifenews.com/nat6073.html
At least three-in-five voters in these eight congressional districts agreed that Abortion and abortion funding have no place in healthcare legislation. Additionally, more than 70% of voters agreed in four of the districts surveyed (Ohio-06, Ohio-16, Indiana-08, and Indiana-09).
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com these polling results have serious implications for the health care bill.
These pro-life Democratic representatives face a stark choice: either they are heroes in the face of tremendous pressure, or they are the ultimate betrayers, she said.
In these districts, voters reflect national pro-life trends, and they expect their values to be translated into public policy. This intensity will translate on Election Day," Dannenfelser continued.
"That means pro-life members must vote no on the senate bill, or any bill that allows abortion funding under the guise of healthcare. The Susan B. Anthony List will be there to back up pro-life members who maintain their principled stand. If they don’t, we will make sure the voters know before Election Day," she said.
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