Warren Dodges Question on Whether She Would Put Limits on Abortion

Democratic presidential hopeful US Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren speaks during the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 26, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should …
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Democrat 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) dodged a question during the debate Wednesday night about whether she would put limits on abortion.

Asked directly by the MSNBC debate host if she would “put any limits on abortion,” Warren responded:

I would make certain that every woman has access to the full range of reproductive healthcare services, and that includes birth control, it includes abortion, it includes everything for a woman. But, I want to add on that it’s not enough for us to expect the courts to protect us. Forty-seven years ago, Roe V. Wade was decided and we’ve all looked to the courts – all that time. And state after state has undermined Roe, has put in exceptions, has come right up to the edge of taking away protections.

[Debate host interrupts her time is up].

We now have an America where most people support Roe v. Wade. We need to make that federal law.

However, a new March for Life Action ad highlights a consensus that Americans have reached on restricting abortion:

The new “Consensus” ad reflects the recent Marist poll, released just prior to the March for Life in January. The poll revealed that 75 percent of Americans want substantial restrictions on abortion, including 60 percent of Democrats and 61 percent of those who identify as “pro-choice.”

According to the poll, 75 percent of Americans say abortion should be limited to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy.

In addition, the survey finds 65 percent of Americans say if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade, the high court should either return the issue of the legality of abortion to the states (49 percent) or outlaw the procedure altogether (16 percent). Only 30 percent of those surveyed would prefer that the Supreme Court rule in favor of unrestricted abortion, an outcome that makes Warren’s comments highly questionable.

The poll found 54 percent oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion, while 39 percent support it. Also, 75 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding abroad, through non-governmental organizations such as International Planned Parenthood, with only 19 percent in favor of such funding.

When political affiliation is a factor, 94 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of independents, and 56 percent of Democrats oppose taxpayer funding of abortion overseas.

Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life Action, said Marist polling over the past ten years shows the Democrat Party establishment is “out of touch” with most Americans on the issues surrounding abortion.

“While 2020 Democratic candidates are taking more radical stances on abortion by the day, the polling numbers are clear: 60% of Democrats want abortion limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy,” she continued. “A majority of Americans also oppose any tax-payer funding for abortion. The Democratic establishment would do well to listen to the American people – or even just their base – instead of caving into the pressure of the abortion lobby.”

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