On the same day President Barack Obama issued a veto threat against a pro-life bill that would ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks, he said in his State of the Union address tonight that Americans can “disagree about abortion.”
“We may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely we can agree…that every woman should have access to health care she needs,” Obama said, invoking the standard code words for abortion. He also mentioned the recent decline to historic lows in terms of the number of abortions in the country.
“While pointing to a decline in the number of abortions, he failed to mention that the taxpayer funding of abortion within Obamacare, which violates the conscience of millions of Americans, threatens to reverse this decline,” he said.
He told LifeNews.com: “The President hailed the freedoms we hold as Americans, even as the religious liberty that we have long enjoyed is being chipped away with each rap of the gavel of an activist judge. A government able to bankrupt people for standing by their beliefs, on marriage, life, or any other matter of conscience, is a government of unbridled power and a threat to everyone’s freedom.”
The White House today issued a veto threat indicating that President Barack Obama would veto a bill to ban late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because unborn children feel intense pain in abortions.
A veto of the bill, which is already state law in 10 states, would put Obama at odds with public opinion on abortion once again.
A 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.
A November 2014 poll from Quinnipiac found that 60 percent of Americans support legislation limiting abortions after 20 weeks, including 56 percent of Independents and 46 percent of Democrats.
Meanwhile, pro-life Senator Joni Ernst, in the Republican response, tackled pro-life themes and said, “We will defend life because protecting the vulnerable is an important measure of any society.”
Her remarks came despite attacks from pro-abortion groups calling her “window dressing” because she is a pro-life woman.