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Apropos of Dr. B’s question about public views on abortion, which are now all over the net, I tend to trust Powerline’s Gallup thread. So, two-to-one, the public is ok with abortion bans for the first trimester. In line with Roe. Then it shifts, about two-to-one against for the second trimester, the gray area the Supreme Court has wrestled with for 50 years; then four-to-one against third trimester abortions. I did not see a separate line for “partial birth” abortion but assume at least 90% of folks would say no.
So, other than Catholics like me who were taught at age seven from the Baltimore catechism that life begins at conception (probably most of the one-third against) most people have no problem with the original Roe ruling. And no state has yet to ban all abortions. Texas and my Okies set the deadline at 15 weeks. Since 15 weeks is past the first trimester (I assume 39 weeks pregnancy, trimester a third, so 13 weeks) no extinguishment of a “constitutional” right by any state so far. Doubt there will be any.
So states will set different standards. Imagine that. Hard to see this as a political lightning rod for the Dems. But I am in California, so just wondering how much of our tax money Newsom will give to five-month pregnant gals to vacation in what may become the abortion capital of the universe.Published in