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New Poll: Majority of Women Support National Ban on Late-Term Abortion

11:39 AM, Jun 26, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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A new National Journal poll on late-term abortion is somewhat biased against the pro-life side: The poll's question claims the bill passed last week in the House of Representatives only contains exceptions in the cases of rape or incest without mentioning that there is also an exception for when a physical health condition puts the life of the mother at risk. Despite the biased question, the poll still finds that a majority of women support the bill (50 percent to 44 percent), with Americans overall backing the bill 48 percent to 44 percent. Independent voters back the bill by 14 points (53 percent to 39 percent).

Gallup polls that ask more straightforward questions find that only 27 percent of Americans support second-trimester abortions and only 14 percent support third-trimester abortions.

Strong opposition to late-term abortion is often ignored by journalists. For example, last night Democratic state senator Wendy Davis filibustered a bill in Texas banning most abortions later than 20 weeks into pregnancy. Her filibuster was treated as a popular uprising by many in the press, but a Texas Tribune poll found that 62 percent of Texans supported the restriction on late-term abortions.

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