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Abortion Poll by Left-Leaning Huffington Post Yields Very Interesting Results


Not as "extreme" a position as advertised...

Supports of an abortion bill cheer during an anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo)

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Americans overwhelmingly support a national law banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to a new poll by the left-leaning Huffington Post/YouGov.

By a margin of 59 to 30 percent, Americans said they would favor a "federal law that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy."

Further, "on a 20-week abortion ban, 70 percent of conflicted respondents said they were in favor of the measure, along with 30 percent of respondents who gave pro-abortion rights responses to both questions and 89 percent of those who gave anti-abortion responses to both," according to the Huffington Post.

The new poll from the Huffington Post, which goes out of its way to make sure readers know where it stands on abortion, seems to prove that banning abortions after five months of pregnancy is certainly not an "extreme" position in America.

However, that's exactly how HuffPost has repeatedly described the proposed abortion legislation in Texas that would do exactly that. Here's the site's headline from Thursday:

(Huffington Post)

Headlines on the website have routinely praised pro-abortion lawmakers like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, while blasting Texas Republicans as "extreme" for supporting the contentious pro-life bill in the Lone Star State. Many other states currently have similar restrictions.

The Texas Senate was poised to cast a final vote on tough new abortion restrictions after a committee approved the measure Thursday, and top Republicans and Democrats acknowledged there is little to stop it from becoming law this time.

The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require that the procedure be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, and mandate that doctors who perform abortions obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst scheduled the vote for Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after the GOP-led Senate failed to finish work on the bill during a chaotic end to the first special session. Senators were expected to offer amendments and debate the virtues and dangers of imposing some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country.

It could be Saturday morning before senators actually cast their votes if debate lingers through the night.

If passed Friday, the bill immediately goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature. Perry has made the bill a priority, calling two special legislative sessions to pass it.


Editor's note: "The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted June 27-28 among 1,000 adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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