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Poll: Pro-Choice Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Late-Term Abortion

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Seventy-seven percent of pro-choice Americans oppose removing medical care for a child who could survive outside the womb. Sixty-six percent oppose abortion in the third trimester.


A new poll by the non-partisan firm YouGov found that two out of three Americans who self-identify as “pro-choice” oppose abortion in the third trimester, abortion the day before an infant is born, and removing medical care for a viable infant.

This national survey was conducted the first week of February, just two weeks after New York state passed its controversial bill allowing abortions until birth, and Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide.

The survey found that 53 percent of Americans identify as “pro-choice” while 47 percent identify as “pro-life.” Of the “pro-choice” survey respondents, 66 percent said they oppose abortion in  the third trimester, which begins at week 28 of a pregnancy and lasts until the mother gives birth at around 40 weeks of gestation. It also found that 77 percent of “pro-choice” Americans oppose removing medical care for a viable child, a policy that Senate Democrats recently voted down when blocking the “Born-alive bill.” The bill simply requires hospitals to give the same medical care for any infant born alive after an attempted abortion that they would to any other patient.

Americans United for Life President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster said politicians who support abortion up until birth are out of step with their constituents.

“This survey vividly reveals both the American people’s common-sense appreciation for the sanctity of life and the widespread horror, even among self-identified pro-choice Americans, of new laws like New York’s that effectively allow abortion up until the moment of delivery,” she said in a statement.

Abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood and Virginia Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran insist that abortion is a health-care service. “Since the bill hearing, I’ve heard from many women in my district and across Virginia who support my efforts to make sure that politicians don’t get between a woman and her healthcare decisions,” Tran said.

According to this new survey, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Northam, and Tran might be surprised to find a majority of their constituents do not support the types of “health care” policy sanctioned in their pro-abortion legislation.