75% of Americans Oppose Democrats’ Agenda for Abortions Up to Birth at Taxpayer Expense

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 26, 2019   |   4:52PM   |   Washington, DC

A new ad by March for Life Action exposes just how out of touch Democratic presidential candidates are with voters on the abortion issue.

The ad, “Consensus,” highlights a recent poll showing strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, something every major Democratic presidential candidate supports.

According to the 2019 Marist Poll, 75 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions abroad, including 56 percent of Democrats. Additionally, 54 percent said they oppose all taxpayer funding for abortions.

The six-figure ad will run starting Wednesday on MSNBC ahead of the Democratic primary debate, according to a news release from the organization. It plans to run digital ads as well.

“Over a decade of research demonstrates how out of touch the Democratic Party establishment has become with Democratic voters when it comes to abortion,” said Jeanne Mancini, March for Life Action.

As the Democratic debates begin tonight, March for Life Action will set the record straight on America’s pro-life consensus. pic.twitter.com/3ObyRTR1W7

— March for Life Action (@MFLAction) June 26, 2019

All of the top Democratic presidential candidates want to force taxpayers to fund abortion, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden – who recently flip-flopped on the issue.

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The Democratic Party platform also now calls to end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded elective abortions in Medicaid. The amendment once had strong bipartisan support, and continues to have strong support from voters. Researchers estimate the amendment has saved about 2 million unborn babies from abortion, but the new Democratic Party platform calls for it to be repealed.

Polls consistently show that the public does not support taxpayer-funded abortions. In 2016, when Hillary Clinton campaigned on taxpayer-funded abortions, a Harvard University poll found that only 36 percent of likely voters supported her position.

Interestingly, the poll also found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are the ones most opposed to it.

Even Slate, a liberal news outlet, ran an article earlier this month titled “Abortion Funding Isn’t As Popular As Democrats Think,” which questioned why Democratic candidates support the issue when so many voters oppose it.

“These polls aren’t close,” Slate’s William Saletan wrote, referring to five different polls on the issue. All of them showed strong opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions. “The average gap between the pro-funding and anti-funding positions is 19 percentage points.”

Mancini said the polling numbers are clear, and most Americans do not support Democrats’ radical pro-abortion agenda. She urged the candidates to listen to what voters want, not the abortion industry.

“The Democratic establishment would do well to listen to the American people – or even just their base – instead of caving into the pressure of the abortion lobby,” she said.