WATCH: March for Life launches new ad in key presidential swing states
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – America has a solid consensus on abortion, and it’s pro-life, according to a new nationwide ad launched today by the advocacy arm of the March for Life. The vast majority of Americans reject an unregulated “right” to abortion up to the moment of birth, support more robust pro-life protections for the unborn, and oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
Yet the new ad, titled “Consensus,” notes that politicians “want abortion legal right up until birth,” even though “only about one out of 10 Americans support this extreme position.”
However, a vast majority of Americans – Republican and Democrat, pro-life and “pro-choice” – favor more pro-life laws and greater regulation of the abortion industry. T
Some 80 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal after the first trimester, according to two Marist polls commissioned by the Knight of Columbus. Another 62 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion, including 44 percent of Democrats.
The commercial, which will be broadcast for the next four days in three pivotal swing states, says that disconnect shows the power of the abortion lobby.
The poll also found that more than three-quarters of Americans (78 percent) support forcing abortion facilities to meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical centers and nearly as many (70 percent) believe abortionists should have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. These regulations stood at the heart of the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health decision, in which the court’s liberal justices and Justice Anthony Kennedy said those provisions imposed too great a burden on the Texas abortion industry.
"The American people have spoken clearly on their desire for abortion restrictions, less taxpayer funding of it, and common sense regulations on this industry to protect women's health," said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson after the most recent poll. "Our courts, politicians, candidates and parties should heed this consensus."
Drawing on this information, March for Life Action has four women, including president Jeanne Monahan, relate the fact leading up to the first presidential debate between Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The ad will air on television and digitally until Monday in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Pittsburgh and Scranton, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; and the Washington, D.C. metro market, which reaches the well-heeled Virginia suburbs.
The group is also asking people to tweet these statistics under the hashtag #prolifeconsensus.
The full text of the ad is as follows:
Woman 1: America has consensus.
Woman 2: Consensus.
Woman 3: 8 in 10 Americans agree.
Woman 4: Abortion should have real legal limits.
Woman 3: Real legal limits.
Woman 1: Even 6 out of 10 pro-choice Americans agree
Woman 4: That abortion should happen only during the first three months of pregnancy.
Woman 5: At most.
Woman 6: At most.
Woman 1: That’s consensus.
Woman 3: That’s consensus.
Woman 4: But it’s not the law?!
Woman 1: Why?
Woman 6: Why?
Woman 2: Pro-choice politicians.
Woman 4: Politicians.
Woman 3: Many of them want abortion legal right up until birth.
Woman 4: Right up until birth.
Woman 1: Only about 1 out of 10 Americans support this extreme position.
Woman 3: And these pro-choice politicians listen to them, not us.
Woman 5: Not us.
Woman 4: Not us.
Woman 6: Now they want us to pay for abortion.
Woman 2: Our tax dollars.
Woman 1: Almost two-thirds of us say no.
Woman 4: No way.
Woman 3: It’s time for this extremism to end.
Woman 1: It’s time for our voices to be heard.
Woman 2: It’s time for politicians to stop working for the pro-abortion lobby.
Woman 5: And join the national consensus.