Opposition to Pro-Abortion Health Care Law, Barack Obama Holds Steady in Poll
by Steven Ertelt
April 19, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With four weeks having passed now since Congress approved and President Barack Obama signed the pro-abortion health care bill into law, the strong opposition to it from across the country remains steady. Americans also oppose the job Obama has done as president, with many strongly opposing.
The newest Rasmussen Reports poll released today finds support for repeal of the recently-passed national health care plan is proving to be just as consistent as opposition to the plan before it was passed.
Rasmussen finds 56% of likely voters nationwide favor repeal, while 41% are opposed. Those figures include 48% who strongly favor repeal and 29% who strongly oppose it.
Over the past four weeks, support for repeal has remained in a very narrow range from a low of 54% to a high of 58% while opposition to repealing the pro-abortion health care law has never reached higher than 42 percent.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans and 55% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor repeal. Sixty-two percent (62%) of Democrats are opposed.
Forty percent (40%) now believe repeal is at least somewhat likely, up two points from a week ago while 49 percent say its not likely.
Meanwhile, the daily presidential tracking poll shows 48% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance while 51 percent disapprove.
That numbers includes 40 percent who strongly disapprove and just 29 percent who strongly approve of the way Obama has done his job as president.
Obama signed the pro-abortion government-run health care bill into law in late March and later signed an executive order that claims to ban abortion funding under the bill but that pro-life groups almost unanimously condemned as flawed and insufficient in doing so.
Under the health care law, 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 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 Senate 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 Senate bill does not contain language needed to offer full conscience protection for pro-life medical workers and facilities and it contains health care rationing components pro-life groups oppose.
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