The Suzy B Blog

Jul 25, 2013
More Polls Show Americans Support Protecting Babies After 20 weeks

Two polls are out this morning showing the majority of Americans support efforts to end abortion on-demand after the fifth month of pregnancy, or 20 weeks. The polls also show that women are more likely to back these efforts than men.

  • An ABC News/WaPo poll shows that Americans back this legislation by a 29-point margin, with 56% supporting and 27% opposing. The poll also shows 60% support among women, versus 53% support among men. The poll also showed a majority of Hispanics consider themselves pro-life.
  • Meanwhile, a WSJ/NBC News poll shows that a plurality of Americans would back efforts by their respective state legislatures to end abortion at 20 weeks by a 7-point margin, 44% to 37%. The poll also noted that “more women than men supported the state bans,” and that “even college-educated women, a group that strongly supports abortion rights, tipped toward favoring the 20-week restrictions.” Finally, the poll noted, “passion for the issue is highest among those who oppose abortion rights.”

These two polls come on the heels of a poll conducted by The Huffington Post showing that Americans back ending abortion at 20 weeks by a 29 point margin, and a National Journal poll showing similar results, including majority support among independents, young Americans, and women.

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Tags: fetal pain, polls
Jul 25, 2013
Video: Pro-Life Men Stand Up for Life, Speak Against "Bro-Choice" Movement

Recently, numerous young men, myself among them, participated in a video produced by Counter Cultured.  The goal was to show that although some men view legal, unregulated late-term abortion as essential to their sex lives, not all of us think it’s ok to use women and then advocate for abortion instead of responsibility if we conceive a child.  While the left has, for decades, tried mightily to use the issue of abortion to start a war between the genders, pro-lifers understand the complementary roles that men and women can play in protecting and nurturing life.  Not all women see abortion as the ultimate form of female empowerment; not all men see it as the path to a better sex life.  Indeed, the most recent polling shows that the two genders’ views on abortion are basically the same.  (Women are slightly more likely to favor banning abortions after 20 weeks.)   I was happy to be a part of this project, and to join with other young men in speaking up for preborn children.    

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Tags: Pro-Choice, pro-life
Jul 25, 2013
Illuminate Campaign Sheds Light on West Virginia Abortion Industry

The legal charges against the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia are not the only challenge that it faces if it wants to continue performing unregulated abortions.  The Family Policy Council of West Virginia has launched an “Illuminate” campaign to urge West Virginia to begin ensuring that its abortion centers are maintaining proper medical standards. 

The Illuminate campaign seeks to show West Virginia the urgent need to increase the regulation of the abortion industry and ensure the safety of women.  The campaign is based upon the Bible verse Ephesians 5:11-13: “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible.” 

One of the atrocities that the Family Policy Council of West Virginia is demanding that the state address is outlined in Gravely v. Stephens.  According to the lawsuit, 26-year-old Itai Gravely changed her mind about the abortion for which she was scheduled upon learning that Women’s Health Center couldn’t provide her with an adequate amount of anesthesia.  Ignoring her wishes, abortionist Rodney Lee Stephens proceeded with the abortion, ordering his employees to physically restrain her and perform the abortion. 

The next day, Gravely was in the emergency room because Stephens hadn’t completed the abortion.  He had left her baby’s head in her womb. 

The Illuminate Campaign also seeks to “mobilize comments by West Virginians and pro-life organizations as requested by the West Virginia Attorney General in support of reasonable health and safety regulations of an otherwise unregulated abortion industry,” and encourage lawmakers to pass common-sense health and safety regulations to prevent atrocities like the ones detailed in Gravely v. Stephens.  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey began investigating the state’s abortion facility regulations after Gravely v. Stephens was filed. 

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia and the pro-life citizens that it represents across the state are making sure that elected officials remember their responsibility to all West Virginians, including women and children.  Like pro-life advocates across America who are discovering their local abortion facilities are far from safe, West Virginians are shining a light on the dark dealings of their state’s abortion industry, and are demanding a change from the anti-woman status quo. 

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Tags: gravely v. stephens, Illuminate, west virginia, WV
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