Third trimester abortions are really unpopular. Support for an unconditional legal ban on all abortions in the third trimester of pregnancy, by selected demographic characteristics with “unsure” responses–constituting 12.5% of the total–excluded:
Women present a bigger threat to a woman’s right to choose than men do. Who knew? Never underestimate The Patriarchy’s capacity for instilling false consciousness in the fairer sex! No wonder the figurative fangs come out when this hot button is pushed.
I do not doubt the sincerity of Alabamans who want to go whole hog, but for a cynical electoral play, Republican pols would be well served to make the abortion absolutists who control virtually every congressperson with a (D) next to his or her name defend aborting fetuses past the point of viability outside the womb. Opposition to the practice is the majority position among every single demographic group considered.
Parenthetically, in the course of researching this post I came across the following from a site called Romper (that gets a bit more traffic than UR at the moment, though the gap is closing). Some people are better suited for quant writing than others:
According to The New York Times, three states ban abortions in the third trimester, after 28 weeks gestation. They include Iowa, Texas, and Virginia. The Guttmacher Institute also notes that in 24 states, late-term abortions are allowed to preserve the life and health of the mother, but more disturbingly, that 16 states ban late-term abortions entirely — the only exception being to save the life and physical health of the mother. Three states — Idaho, Michigan, and Rhode Island — have banned late-term abortions except those that would save the life of the mother and say nothing of physical health.
On account of the writer’s ambiguity it is possible to reasonably deduce that 16, 19, 22, or some higher number of states restrict late-term abortions to some degree. We are told that there are 24 states that allow late-term abortions with qualifications but are left unclear about the number of states, if any, that permit late-term abortions without qualifications. Additionally, using an unqualified “entirely” and then immediately following it with an explanation about exceptions is inexplicably bad writing.