This week, Americans were horrified when Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran spoke about a new bill she introduced, which she said would allow abortion even when a woman has begun the process of labor. Tran’s statements were so outrageous that even the bill’s co-sponsor, Dawn Adams, said she regretted co-sponsoring the bill and admitted she did not even read it before signing on. “I made a mistake, and all I know to do is to admit it, tell the truth, and let the chips fall where they may,” she wrote in an e-mail to her constituents. “I did not read a bill I agreed to co-patron and that wasn’t smart or typical. I will work harder and be better for it.”
Adams, who is a pro-abortion nurse practitioner, claimed she only expected the bill to do away with “onerous” abortion restrictions put in place by Republicans; however, the bill “sought to do so much more,” she admitted. “None of this,” however, “changes that I believe women must have safe legal options for abortion….” In other words, the bill went too far, even for her. And it goes too far for the overwhelming majority of Americans.
In the shocking exchange, Delegate Tran discussed the bill with Virginia House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, who asked her if the bill would allow abortion even at 40 weeks pregnant, when the mother was already dilating and showing signs of being in labor. Tran affirmed this, replying, “My bill would allow that, yes.”
Tran herself also backtracked, releasing a video on Twitter trying to explain the bill. It has since been reported by multiple sources that the bill has been tabled, but still managed to garner the support of half the Democratic caucus despite its extremism. And disturbingly, Virginia is not the only state looking to pass such extreme abortion laws. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill into law removing virtually all protections for preborn babies from law, and legalized abortion at any point in the pregnancy, meaning there are now eight states, plus Washington, D.C. that allow abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy. New Mexico, where late-term abortion is legal, also recently began working to overturn an old abortion ban, in case Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.
The problem with this raft of pro-abortion bills is that the American people do not support them — and they don’t actually support Roe v. Wade. In 2018, on the 45th anniversary of Roe, abortion advocates celebrated by insisting that 7 in 10 Americans support it — when, in fact, this is false. It has been shown that most Americans don’t even know what Roe v. Wade actually is — so polls claiming public support for it hold little weight. It is true that most Americans support abortion remaining legal, but only 12% of people want it legal, on demand, and available at any time throughout pregnancy (which means that a whopping 88% of the public disagrees with the Democratic Party’s position on abortion).
When polled by agencies including Gallup and Marist about when they would restrict abortion, a majority of Americans affirm that they support heavy restrictions — such as limiting it to the first trimester and banning it after 20 weeks. This includes young Americans, only 7% of whom want it taxpayer funded with no restrictions.
The public should be aware that the extremism behind the New York law and Tran’s bill in Virginia is exactly the kind of extremism that Roe allowed for:
The combination of Roe and Doe v. Bolton meant that abortion was not only legalized throughout the entire country, but that it also could be committed for virtually any reason. Doe’s text reads, “… We agree with the District Court, 319 F. Supp., at 1058, that the medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age – relevant to the wellbeing of the patient. All these factors may relate to health…..”
Because of Doe’s vague language regarding health, that means Roe and Doe together leave no restrictions on abortion whatsoever. And this is something Americans do not support, as countless polls have shown.
Abortion activists continue to push these extreme bills, but the truth is, Americans don’t want them.
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