Analysis

Rasmussen poll: More Americans support Texas Heartbeat Act than oppose it

Texas

Despite claims to the contrary, Americans largely support the Texas Heartbeat Act banning abortion after a heartbeat can be detected, at approximately six weeks gestation.

A new Rasmussen poll in which likely voters were asked, “The Supreme Court has refused to block a new Texas law that effectively prohibits most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Do you support or oppose the Texas law?” found that 46% of respondents (a plurality, or most of those polled) agreed with the Texas law, while 43% opposed it.

The abortion industry has been frantically peddling desperate myths about the Texas Heartbeat Act, claiming that most Americans are outraged by it, and claiming that there is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks gestation (the embryonic heart begins to beat approximately three weeks after fertilization). A recent tweet from Planned Parenthood Action tried to argue that nearly all Americans support widespread abortion, and that the Texas law is, therefore, extreme.

“It’s not controversial: Abortion is safe, essential health care,” the tweet read. “80% of Americans support the right to abortion. Don’t let certain politicians control the narrative.”

The argument is similar to the #7in10 claim made in 2015, for the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. While abortion advocates consistently claim that abortion enjoys widespread, unyielding support, the reality is much more nuanced. While polling has found that most Americans support the idea of legal abortion, only an estimated 12% agree with taxpayer-funded abortion on demand — which is the abortion industry’s extreme position. Polling has repeatedly found that Americans want abortion to be legal, but heavily restricted, usually to the first trimester.

READ: First trimester babies aren’t blobs of tissue — they’re amazingly complex

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose responded to the news on Twitter, urging pro-lifers not to let the abortion industry control the media narrative. “Despite the insane media bias & lies, more Americans support banning abortion after the baby’s heartbeat can be detected than support it. America is trending pro-life!” she wrote, adding, “It is still a great tragedy and a consequence of the extreme propaganda coming from the pro-abortion side that 43% of Americans support the ‘right’ to kill a child in the first several weeks of his or her life. Many are well-intentioned & have been misled. Education is key.”

Rose further offered support to pro-life business owners, writing, “Do not let the media or random accounts on Twitter intimidate you. More Americans side with Texas’ Heartbeat law than against it. The radical pro-abortion support of some of your misled colleagues WILL backfire. Be brave. Stand up for life.”

Meanwhile, the science of prenatal development only further erodes support for abortion, which is likely why the Texas Heartbeat Act has garnered support from a majority of Americans in the Rasmussen poll. Even in the first trimester, the preborn child is a living human being. Though the abortion industry repeatedly says otherwise, this does include a beating heart, detectable by six weeks gestation (four weeks after fertilization).

It’s no surprise that Americans aren’t comfortable with a procedure that stops a beating heart, and deliberately takes a human life. These polls prove that it isn’t pro-life laws that are extreme; it’s the abortion industry.

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