Americans Want Pro-Abortion Health Care Law Repealed, Hope GOP Will Do It

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 25, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Americans Want Pro-Abortion Health Care Law Repealed, Hope GOP Will Do It

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 25
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Two new national polls show Americans want the pro-abortion health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law repealed. They also show voters want Republican lawmakers to keep fighting against the government-run health care system and to promote legislation to repeal it.

Just before the House passed and Obama signed the health care bill that funds abortions, Americans opposed it on a 54-41 percentage point margin, according to Rasmussen.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey, conducted on the first two nights after the president signed the bill, shows 55 percent want the law repealed whiled 42 percent oppose that. Those figures include 46% who strongly favor repeal and 35% who strongly oppose it.

Republicans overwhelmingly favor repeal while most Democrats are opposed. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 59% favor repeal, and 35% are against it.

There is little divide between older and younger Americans as both favor a repeal of the pro-abortion health care law. Most senior citizens (59%) favor repeal but 58% of those 18 to 29 also support repealing it.

And when it comes to the November congressional elections, 52% say they’d vote for a candidate who favors repeal over one who does not. Forty-one percent would cast their vote for someone who opposes repeal.

Several states are already challenging the health care law in court and an earlier poll found 49 percent of Americans, a plurality of those polled, favor the lawsuits.

Meanwhile, CBS News poll released Wednesday finds 62 percent of Americans want Congress to repeal at least part of the health care law.

"The poll finds that 62 percent want Congressional Republicans to keep challenging the bill, while 33 percent say they should not do so. Nearly nine in ten Republicans and two in three independents want the GOP to keep challenging," CBS indicated.

The poll found even 41 percent of Democrats support continued challenges.

Under the health care bill, there is no ban on abortion funding. While some states can opt out of funding abortions under the plan, taxpayers in other states will be forced to pay for them.

The bill also contains other pro-abortion problems that are concerns for pro-life advocates.

It requires that at least one health care plan be promoted across the country that pays for abortions, more abortion funding would come via the affordability credits, and many of the so-called limits on abortion funding in the Senate bill are temporary and could expire or be overturned at a later date.

The health care bill also pays for abortions under the Indian Health Service program.

And it contains the Mikulski amendment that would allow the Obama administration to define abortion as preventative care and force insurance plans to pay for abortions.

Finally, the new law does not contain language needed to offer full conscience protection for pro-life medical workers and facilities.

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