Even though polls show the vast majority of Americans support at least some restrictions on abortion, Democrats are pushing taxpayer-funded abortion on demand for any reason up until birth.
In addition to pushing the misnomered “Women’s Health Protection Act” which tried to codify abortion and nullify red state voters’ right to ban it, Senate Democrats are promoting a new bill that would devote $350 million in taxpayer dollars to abortion. The legislation, if passed, includes provisions that funnel money to companies that profit off of ending life in the womb and fund abortions for women by paying for travel, lodging, and “other barriers.”
Republicans, specifically, are concerned that the legislation will “repeal … the Trump-era policy that blocked foreign assistance to organizations that ‘promote or perform abortions,’” create an abortion czar who promotes dangerous chemical abortions, and embolden healthcare providers to ignore their employees’ conscience rights.
The proposed bill also openly wages a war on the Hyde Amendment, a provision that has protected Americans from funding most abortions for decades and was at one point supported by President Joe Biden.
Those kinds of measures, however, were never mainstream in the U.S. or even the Democrat party and they certainly aren’t now. Recent polling suggests that 72 percent of American voters support abortion restrictions at least as strict as the Mississippi law featured in the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court case. Approximately 60 percent of Democrats feel the same. Only 10 percent of those polled supported abortion up to the moment of birth.
Even polls that corporate media outlets skewed to make it look like Americans support Democrats’ abortion agenda suggest that Americans largely believe abortion on demand up until birth is too radical. In general, more Americans support than oppose 15-week abortion bans. Some polls have found that a majority of U.S. adults oppose abortions after 15 weeks.
Yet, instead of focusing on what voters really want now that Roe v. Wade is overturned, dozens of Democrat legislators are seeking to expand taxpayer-funded abortions by any means possible. This includes Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Mazie Hirono’s efforts to solidify no-questions-asked abortions through the Department of Veteran Affairs where federal law currently prohibits ending life in the womb.
While Americans struggle to pay their gas, electricity, and food bills during historic inflation and a Democrat-induced recession, blue politicians are busy hosting pro-abortion hearings and passing legislation that is celebrated by the largest abortion company in the United States: Planned Parenthood.
As Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway noted shortly after the Dobbs decision, Democrats’ abortion radicalism may not be the winning point they think it will be in the upcoming midterms.
“At a time Democrats desperately need to seem normal, they are saddled with one of the least defensible policy positions in American life: that ending human life in the womb should be legal for any reason up until the moment the baby is being born,” Hemingway wrote.
Pro-life groups such as Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America also see problems with Democrats’ rapid and radical shift towards abortions on demand for everyone, including women in states that have already banned ending life in the womb.
“While at least a dozen states have acted swiftly to save lives after Dobbs, radical Democrats will stop at nothing to expand abortion on demand, paid for by taxpayers, up to the moment of birth,” SBA Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. “At the same time they seek massive payouts to the profit-driven abortion industry that spends millions to elect them, Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren want to ‘shut down’ nonprofits that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 14 to one and provide real services for women and families. Abortion is not health care, it is not ‘family planning,’ and abortion businesses do not need or deserve taxpayer dollars.”
Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.