With the passage of laws in Georgia and Alabama, the abortion debate has exploded again. Additional laws are on the horizon. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, has even signaled he will pass a so-called “heartbeat” bill when it crosses his desk.
It seems most of the ad hominem attacks and logical fallacies coming from the pro-abortion crowd push the idea these laws are an attempt by men, also known as The Patriarchy™, to control women. I am not sure how Leftists and Feminazis came to the conclusion that guys are really sitting there thinking, “I know! I’ll knock her up, make her have the baby and then she will be under my control!”. That idea is as dumb as it sounds.
It is also a complete fabrication. In 2018, Gallup did a very thorough study on abortion views in America. It clearly demonstrated gender parity in the positions taken in the debate over abortion. It also shows the population is split nearly down the middle on the subject.
Even more interesting is the view on the morality of abortion. A survey of polling data from 2013-2017 shows that while only 20% of Americans believe it should be illegal, 48% believe it is amoral. This is probably what leads to a very nuanced position among people who identify as pro-choice. It is absolutely not a binary choice for many Americans.
So, nearly 3 in 10 Americans held the position that abortion should be legal under some circumstances but was morally wrong. They will now be faced with a decision. Will they side with restrictions that may be a little narrower than simply the first trimester? Or will they side with the current position of Planned Parenthood which is free, on demand, without apology, throughout pregnancy? I’m betting on the former, especially in those states that make exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother. But the reality is the life of the mother is addressed by delivery of the infant in the third trimester. Not abortion.
It should come as no surprise, that dividing line between positions on abortion is geographic more than it is gender-based. The South and the Midwest identified as pro-life by margins of more than 10%. The East and West of the country went in exactly the opposite direction. These are the dividing lines of nearly every battle in the culture war.
However, I will assert the abortion lobby has overplayed its hand. In addition to being very sensitive to trimesters, approval of abortion is also very sensitive to the reason for having one. Public sentiment for preserving the health of the mother and victims of rape and incest was very high during the first trimester. These situations account for less than 1.5% of all abortions.
What they don’t approve of, is abortion “for any reason”. These convenience abortions make up the vast majority of procedures. They do not even receive majority support in the first trimester. Only 45% of respondents support abortion for convenience during the first twelve weeks.
Democrats couldn’t vote for a ban after 20 weeks, which included all of the standard exclusions. They have gleefully passed and unabashedly pushed policies that allow the procedure up to the point of delivery for reasons as abhorrent as sex selection. They could not even find their shriveled up little souls and vote to provide medical care to infants that survive the procedure.
Republicans and the President are absolutely correct to point out the extreme positions Democrats hold on the issue. Even better to point out how they differ from the national attitudes of those who identify as pro-choice. And states like Georgia, Ohio, and Alabama are correct to challenge the extreme laws of New York and other states with an answer and force the issue.
A society should be judged by how it protects the most vulnerable among us. And it would seem if you look at the nuance of the pro-choice position and make the correct argument, the majority of Americans will believe the pro-life movement is offering a better alternative.