Democrats “Oblivious” as Pro-Life Laws Save Thousands of Lives After Dobbs
New data compiled by pro-abortion researchers suggests that at least 10,000 lives were saved from abortion in the two months immediately following the Dobbs decision. “If these trends persist, there could be at least 60,000 fewer abortions in the next year as a result of the Dobbs decision.”
Pro-life laws work – on this much we agree. SBA Pro-Life America has been tracking life-saving state laws and their potential impact for months.
Ushma Upadhyay, a pro-abortion professor at the University of California, San Francisco, complains that “there were more than 10,000 people who ‘felt they had no options.’” This is a good occasion for a reminder that community-based health clinics and pregnancy centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 14 to one nationwide (nine to one in California) and provide holistic care and material support that the abortion industry at large never has. After the Dobbs decision, in fact, the owner of the abortion facility at the center of the case decided to pack up, close its doors and move out of state.
While 10,000 lives saved is a huge victory, there is plenty more work to be done. We will continue working vigorously to pass the most ambitious laws we can at the state level. As pro-abortion states like California target women from out of state and further expand abortion in any way possible, there is a clear and urgent need for federal limits.
Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Babies as a Presidential Issue
Speaking to USA Today, Senator Graham made it clear that the strategic vision behind legislation to protect pain-capable unborn babies goes well beyond 2022:
“If you're running for president as a Republican in 2024, it’s not enough in my view to attack extremism Democrats on abortion. You need to lay out for the country where you would be as president. There'll be some running for office in 2024, for president, that probably would want to be more restrictive. I understand that. But I'm hoping this becomes the consensus position, because it puts us in line with the majority of Americans on a very difficult topic.”
Our friend Ralph Reed of the Faith & Freedom Coalition adds, regarding the Democrats:
“I don't think we can afford to unilaterally disarm and say that we're not going to have a federal solution, when they're pushing a federal mandate.”
Harris Poll Chair: Pro-Abortion Democrats Are “Oblivious”
Mark Penn is chairman of the Harris Poll and has advised both Bill and Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In a recent op-ed titled “Democrats oblivious to rising tide of unhappy voters may be shocked by Republican midterm wins,” he wrote (emphasis ours),
While 40% of voters in the Harris Poll say the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe makes them more likely to vote Democratic, 37% now say it has made them more likely to vote Republican – up 5 points from last month. Democrats may have squandered their advantage by wasting time advocating for a controversial expansion of abortion rights, rather than for a bill that enshrined the rights allowed under Roe – which could likely have gained enough bipartisan support to pass.
The problem is arguably one of perception; the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act (better-named the Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act) goes even further than Roe v. Wade in mandating abortion on demand in all 50 states, yet Roe was still plenty radical. This merits ongoing voter education. Nevertheless, it is a perception that works against the Democrats.
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley got the issue exactly right on Fox News Sunday:
“What [Biden] was referring to, I believe, in terms of legislation goes way beyond Roe…The bill in Congress is basically a wish list of what people wanted Roe to be, but it wasn't Roe. And so that legislation, if it is enacted, would not only federalize abortion but it would go light-years beyond Roe.”
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