Stacey Abrams: “Anti-Abortion is Not the Will of the People.” But Polls Show Americans are Pro-Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 24, 2019   |   9:14AM   |   Washington, DC

Stacey Abrams, yet another failed Democratic candidate turned abortion activist, said pro-life laws are not “the will of the people” Wednesday during a national progressive conference.

Last year, Abrams lost to pro-life Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who recently signed a law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

“Anti-abortion is not the will of the people,” Abrams responded Wednesday at the Center for American Progress conference, according to the Atlanta Voice.

She slammed the heartbeat law as an “aggressive and deeply unfortunate forced pregnancy” measure.

“Less than 25 percent across the country believe that we should overturn Roe v. Wade, and yet in Kentucky and Ohio and Indiana and Missouri and Mississippi and Georgia and Alabama we see these bans moving forward, and it is not a reflection of the will of the people,” Abrams continued.

Abortion activists frequently refer to polling data on Roe v. Wade because it appears to show strong support for abortion on demand. However, research also suggests that most Americans do not know what Roe v. Wade is, and, when asked more specific questions about abortion, they lean pro-life.

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Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions and want to see them more restricted than what Roe allows.

For example, a new Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive.

Earlier this year, a Marist University poll found that just 13 percent of Americans support a New York law that legalized abortions for basically any reason up to birth in January.

Through the years, Gallup polling consistently has found similar results. A majority of Americans oppose most or all abortions. In 2018, 53 percent of Americans said abortions should be legal in only a few or no circumstances, compared to 43 percent who said abortions should be legal all or most circumstances, according to Gallup.

Abrams’ position on abortion is out of touch with the mainstream. And even though she could not win the Georgia gubernatorial race, the Atlanta Voice noted that she is considering running for president in 2020.