Senate Democrats Plan All-Out Assault on Bill to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 26, 2014   |   11:41AM   |   Washington, DC

When they take over the Senate next year, Republicans will promote legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and protect unborn babies who are capable of feeling intense pain in abortions. Although they will be int he minority in both the House and Senate, Democrats are preparing an all-out assault on the pro-life legislation.

Sen. Patty Murray, a pro-abortion Democrat from Washington state, has been one of the leading abortion activists int he Senate for years and she will be the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will finally hold a hearing on the bill next year now that pro-abortion Senate Democratic Leader won’t be controlling the upper chamber any longer. Murray plans to lead the pro-abortion crusade to keep late-term abortions legal.

Here’s more from Murrary’s interview with the pro-abortion Huffington Post, where she tries to deflect Democrat opposition to killing babies in late-term abortions:

ultrasound4d37“It’s really disappointing that Republicans who ran on a very different economic agenda, one of the first things they’re going do is go after a woman’s right to have a constitutional choice when it comes to their own health care,” she said. “We are of course going to fight back hard, and we’ll need women’s voices across the country to join with us. And we will need men to join with us as well.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to bring up the 20-week abortion ban in the Senate when he becomes majority leader in January.

“They’re already making noises that that’s going to be a priority for them in the Senate,” Murray said. “I think that will be a huge disappointment to women who are counting on the people they elected to focus on the economy.”

“I think a lot of women probably listened to some these Republican candidates that they’re not going focus on this, and I really hope so,” Murray said. “But we’ll see when they get back. If their first priority is to introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, or if they push to do, as Sen. McConnell has said, extreme unconstitutional abortion bans, I think women are going to rise up and say, that is not what you told me in this election.”

Although Murrary couches her opposition to banning late-term abortions in language about women, polling data shows women support banning abortions after 20 weeks because babies feel pain.

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As political science professor Michaal New notes:

The results of the National Journal poll indicate that 50 percent of women support the 20-week abortion ban. Similarly, individuals under 30 supported the ban by a 52-39 margin. Unfortunately, the media typically gives little attention to the demographic breakdown of abortion surveys. After all, they do not want to disrupt their narrative that young people and women support legal abortion.

Although most polls have shown a strong majority of Americans favor banning late-term abortions new Rasmussen poll showed a plurality favor it on a 44-41 percentage point margin. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. Forty-one percent (41%) oppose such a ban. Another 15% are undecided.

“Interestingly, there is little difference of opinion between women and men on the new abortion laws. Forty-five percent (45%) of women support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, as do 43% of men,” Rasmussen indicated.

A recent national poll by The Polling Company found that, after being informed that there is scientific evidence that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at least by 20 weeks, 64% would support a law banning abortion after 20 weeks, unless the mother’s life was in danger.   Only 30% said they would oppose such a law. Polling from Texas also shows support for the legislation.

Even a Huffington Post poll found a majority of Americans support banning late abortions — on a 2-1 margin.