44% of “Pro-Choice” Voters Oppose New Law for Abortions Up to Birth

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 11, 2019   |   7:28PM   |   Albany, New York

Though it should come as no surprise to pro-lifers, a new poll indicates that even many “pro-choice” voters oppose New York’s radical new abortion law.

A new Rasmussen poll found that just 21 percent of likely U.S. voters support the law, which allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A full 66 percent oppose the law, including 44 percent who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

The New York law is an attack on unborn babies’ rights. It goes beyond Roe v. Wade, allowing unborn babies to be aborted even when the U.S. Supreme Court has said states may restrict abortions. Late-term abortions, which once were illegal in New York, now are allowed, and non-doctors are allowed to perform them.

The law redefines a “person” as “a human being who has been born and is alive,” and describes abortion as a “fundamental right.” It also strips abortion from the criminal code. As a result, a New York City man is not facing any charges for allegedly killing an unborn baby last week in a gristly murder case.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ratings also fell sharply after he signed the law and then celebrated by lighting state landmarks in pink. A new poll found his favorability rating is 43 percent, down from 51 percent last month.

This should not surprise pro-lifers who follow the news. Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions.

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According to a national poll by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most of those who identify as Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

A May 2018 Gallup poll found that 53 percent of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Even most European countries prohibit or heavily restrict abortions after the first trimester.