Support for Repeal of Pro-Abortion ObamaCare Bill Hits Highest Mark Since May
by Steven Ertelt
September 20, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Support among likely voters for the repeal of the health care bill that contains massive abortion funding hit its highest mark since May. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Americans have shifted towards repealing the bill with the 2010 midterm elections in full focus.
Sixty-one percent of likely voters now at least somewhat favor repeal of the new national health care law, including 50% who say they strongly favor it.
Thats up eight points from a week ago and the highest level of opposition measured since late May, when 63 percent of Americans said they wanted the pro-abortion health care bill reversed.
The new Rasmussen Reports survey finds only 33 percent of Americans say they oppose repeal of the bill President Barack Obama and his pro-abortion Democratic allies in Congress pushed through the House and Senate.
"Since the passage of the bill in late March, a majority of voters have consistently favored repeal of the new law, with support ranging from a low of 53% to a high of 63%," Rasmussen indicated.
Only 33% say the health care plan will be good for the country, the lowest level measured since late July. Fifty-six percent of Americans disagree and believe the new law will be bad for the United States.
The poll comes as Congressman Bart Stupak, who pro-life advocates say betrayed the movement when he and other pro-life Democrats traded their votes for the health care bill for an executive order that didn’t actually ban abortion funding, claims the bill has been successful in stopping abortion funding.
In remarks to the Washington Times, Stupak said he "remains adamant" that the deal he made with Obama to vote for the bill — and bring enough of his coalition along with him to pass it — in exchange for the disputed executive order was worth it.
However, pro-life groups say the health care bill allowed funding of abortions in three states before they blew the whistle and placed enough pressure on the Obama administration that it relented.
The National Right to Life Committee exposed the abortion funding and the Obama administration responded at first by claiming the executive order Obama signed prohibits the funding NRLC uncovered.
Then, Obama officials revised the statement to say they promised the high risk insurance programs would not fund abortions in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Maryland or any other states.
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews.com in July that the dustup proved the point his organization and other pro-life groups made that the health care bill funded abortions, the executive order was insufficient to prevent that, abortion funding would have happened without NRLC exposing it, and the public will have to take the Obama administration at its word that abortion funding will not occur in the future.
Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From LifeNews.com
Daily Pro-Life News Report Twice-Weekly Pro-Life
News Report Receive a free daily email report from LifeNews.com with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.