Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, refused Thursday to name any limits on killing unborn babies in abortions up to birth that she supports, despite polls showing strong public support for a 15-week abortion ban.
At a press conference, Murray dodged multiple questions from Fox News about her pro-abortion position. She and other Democrat leaders organized the event to criticize a new pro-life bill that would protect unborn babies by banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
When asked if she supports any limits on abortions, Murray told Fox News, “I supported what was the principle in this country for 50 years, and that is the Roe decision, which was rejected by the Supreme Court and has now put our country into chaos.”
The Roe v. Wade decision forced states to legalize abortions up to viability and allowed abortions up to birth. As a result, more than 63 million unborn babies were aborted in the U.S.
In a follow-up question, Murray again refused say if she supports any limits on abortions, according to the report.
“We want to put in law protections for every woman in the country, no matter where they live, or how much money they make, or where they come from [to give them] the ability to make their own health care decisions as they had under Roe before it was overturned,” the Washington state Democrat said.
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The legislation that she likely was referring to is a radical pro-abortion bill nicknamed the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act, which would force every state to legalize the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason through all nine months of pregnancy and force taxpayers to pay for their deaths.
Polls consistently show most Americans, including many Democrat voters, oppose such extreme measures. And most countries across the world protect unborn babies from abortion after 15 weeks.
However, Murray “deflected when asked about Republicans’ argument that a 15-week limit is consistent with many other developed countries, including most in Europe,” according to the report.
“They can debate weeks and countries and everything else,” she responded. “I know what my constituents want. I know what the women and men of America want in vast numbers. And that is the ability to make their own health care decisions with their family, their faith, their doctor, depending on what they need. I am not in that doctor’s office with them, neither should any other politician be. That is their decision.”
But Americans want strong legal protections for unborn babies.
LifeNews recently highlighted 14 polls showing support for pro-life laws. One recent Wall Street Journal poll found 48 percent of Americans support banning abortions after 15 weeks while just 43 percent oppose it. Another poll by the Associated Press found even stronger support for such legislation, with 65 percent saying most or all abortions should be illegal in the second trimester and 80 percent in the third trimester.
The Republican-led bill, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, would protect approximately 55,800 unborn babies annually by prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the mother’s life.
At 15 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies can suck their thumbs and yawn. Their hearts pump about 26 quarts of blood every day, and they show a preference for their right or left hand. Growing scientific research also indicates unborn babies can feel pain by this point.