As Trump becomes first president to attend March for Life, discontent with abortion policy is at an all time high

President Trump on Friday became the first president to speak in person at the March for Life anti-abortion rally, following a new poll recording record discontent with U.S. abortion laws.

“Unborn children have never had a stronger advocate in the White House,” Trump said in a speech. “And as the Bible tells us, each person is wonderfully made. ”

He went on to criticize Democrats for taking “the most radical and extreme positions” and supporting “taxpayer-funded abortion, until the moment of birth.” (Critics say that such procedures do not happen.)

The March for Life affirms that its mission is to “promote the beauty and dignity of every human life by working to end abortion”. Trump has already spoken at the remote rally, while Vice President Mike Pence in 2017 became the first vice president of the United States participate.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini applauded the Trump administration in a statement earlier in the week, noting that the administration had appointed anti-abortion judges and federal workers, cut taxpayer funding for abortions and called late for late abortions. “President Trump and his administration have been steadfast champions of life and their support for the March for Life has been unwavering,” she said.

The results of a new Gallup poll published on Wednesday suggested that dissatisfaction with U.S. abortion policy was at an all-time high (58%) and satisfaction was at an all-time low (32%). The survey of more than 1,000 adults, conducted earlier this month, followed an upward trend among those who wanted abortion policy to be less restrictive.

Traditionally, Gallup said, most people dissatisfied with the abortion policy have wanted stricter laws – but since 2017, when Trump took office, the share of those polled wanting a less strict abortion policy increased. Today, “roughly equal percentages of American adults are now dissatisfied and in favor of less stringent laws (22%) as are dissatisfied and want stricter laws (24%),” the authors said. report.

Growing support for easing abortion policy has been fueled by an increase in the number of Democrats and Independents expressing such sentiments over the past 10 years, according to the survey.

A flurry of states last year enacted restrictive anti-abortion laws, including a handful that banned abortion after a certain stage of pregnancy, and Alabama, which effectively banned abortion in most cases. Many of these laws were blocked in court to take effect.

The Supreme Court will also hear arguments this year on June Medical Services v. Gee, which involves a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges to a local hospital. The tribunal previously hit stop a similar arrangement in Texas in 2016 Whole woman’s health c. Hellerstedt.

“Americans have grown increasingly unhappy with national abortion policies since 2017, largely reflecting the growing view of Democrats – and to a lesser extent, independents – under Trump that the laws are too strict,” he said. wrote the authors of the Gallup Report. “While this may in part be a reaction to Trump’s rhetoric on the issue, it also corresponds to increased restrictions on abortion.”

A separate poll released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 59% of Americans think abortion should be legal in most (32%) or all (27%) cases, while only 11% thought the procedure should be illegal in all cases. Almost seven in ten respondents said they did not want the landmark Supreme Court ruling Roe vs. Wade, which affirmed the right to abortion, must be canceled. Democrats and Independents were the most likely to voice this opinion, while a majority of Republicans (57%) said they wanted Roe deer reversed.

But many respondents also supported some state restrictions on abortion, including 69% who approved policies requiring the procedure to be performed only by physicians with inpatient privileges, 66% who supported 24-hour wait periods between a provider’s visit and the procedure, and 57% who supported the requirement that physicians show and describe ultrasound images to abortion seekers. Yet the criminalization of abortion (that is, through fines or prison terms) for abortion providers and seekers has proven unpopular.

A NPR / PBS News / Marist survey of 944 American adults released in June 2019 echoed these results, showing that 77% of Americans wanted to keep Roe v. Wade in place, but many still wanted additional abortion restrictions or policy changes.

Among the more than three-quarters of Americans who largely supported Roe deer, 26% wanted the Supreme Court to keep it but add more restrictions, and 14% supported keeping it but reducing some restrictions, according to this poll. Some 21% wanted to see Roe deer broadened to guarantee the right to abortion in all circumstances, while 16% wanted to keep it as it is.

This story was originally posted on January 23, 2020 and has been updated.

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