Thursday, June 20, 2019

#TXLEGE: Turns out the Heartbeat bill is actually pretty popular

"For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb."
Psalm 139:13

This week's Trib poll:
Nearly half of Texas voters — and more than two-thirds of Republicans — would support the kind of ban on abortions in the early stages of pregnancy that lawmakers in Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia recently passed, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Just under half (48%) of Texas voters support making abortion illegal after six weeks of pregnancy, as a half-dozen states have done with “early abortion bans” or “heartbeat” bills that would outlaw abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Another 42% said they oppose such a law.

Party identification marked the biggest divide on the question, with 68% of Republicans saying they would favor an early limit on abortions and 63% of Democrats saying they would oppose it. Proposals to impose these kinds of early limits didn’t advance in the just-finished legislative session.
Obviously, protecting life is about protecting life.  While prudence might suggest certain concessions to feasibility and/or practicality, the basic principle stands.  Poll numbers shouldn't matter.


All session long, we were told that the reason we couldn't pass real pro-life bills was because the big 3 were terrified of public backlash.  Well, there's your public backlash.  It looks like a pretty solid plurality.

Keep in mind, that's after months of one sided messaging; in a more balanced messaging environment, there's every reason to believe those numbers would go up.

Yet our elected officials refuse to try.

Bottom Line: Even by our elected officials own standards, Texas' failure to act on this issue is pathetic....

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