Yesterday, another poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood was released claiming the majority of voters in three battleground states are opposed to defunding them even though there is ample evidence showing they alter abortion procedures to obtain fetal organs for harvesting and then sell aborted babies’ body parts to the highest bidder.
As LifeNews previously reported, Planned Parenthood just shared the results of a poll they conducted that found that 64% of voters still want federal funding to go toward their organization.
The Hill reports that their new poll found that 7 in 10 voters in New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania said they disagree with Republican’s campaigns to cancel their government funding. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of people in those states said they opposed shutting down the government in an attempt to cancel their funding.
Geoff Garin, the President of Hart Research Associates, said the following about the poll: “The idea of shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood would be a political debacle for the Republican party brand and for the Republican candidates in 2016 who are running for re-election.” Fun fact: Garin was hired by Planned Parenthood to conduct the poll.
It is difficult to take these polls seriously since Planned Parenthood is behind them both. Instead of relying on their statistics, it is probably important that we look at the facts. In a USA Today/Gallup poll only 27% of Americans said they supported abortion in the second trimester, unless the life of the mother is at risk or the woman is a rape victim. According to National Right to Life, the most common form of abortion on an unborn baby at 20-weeks is a dismemberment abortion or the D&E method, which involves using a long steel tool to tear off the baby’s arms and legs and to crush the child’s skull.
However, Planned Parenthood is at the forefront of fighting for late-term abortion and they condemn any politician who doesn’t support it. In other words, even before the five undercover videos were released, Planned Parenthood’s views were barbaric and only aligned with a small population of Americans. This also means that when pro-life lawmakers point out how extreme their views actually are— it’s likely their popularity will continue to decrease drastically.
The poll found that about two-thirds of voters said they would be less likely to support their Republican incumbent candidates — Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Rob Portman (Ohio) — if they supported the defunding campaign.
Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president and chief experience officer of Planned Parenthood’s political arm, Federation of America and the Action Fund, touted the data as proof that the Republican tactic will end up harming them at the polls.
“[Voters] definitely want to see Sens. Portman, Toomey and Ayotte take a strong stand right now,” Laguens said.
Planned Parenthood has been in a political firestorm for the last month. It has been targeted by five secretly recorded videos that attempt to show the organization’s officials engaging in illegal activity, specifically profiting from fetal tissue donations.
Dozens of Republicans in Congress have seized on the video controversy as a potential opening to eliminate federal funding for the healthcare provider.
Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million each year from the federal government, though none can legally be used for abortions.