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Poll: 68 Percent of Pro-Choice Americans Oppose Abortion the Day Before Birth

The vast majority of Americans who consider themselves pro-choice oppose the kind of radical abortion provisions proposed by Democrats in New York and Virginia, according to a new Americans United for Life (AUL)/YouGov poll released Tuesday.

A full 68 percent of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion the day before a child would be born, the poll found. Sixty-six percent of pro-choice Americans oppose abortion in the third trimester and another 77 percent of them oppose removing medical care for a viable child outside the womb. A majority of Americans (53 percent) identify as "pro-choice," while a large minority (47 percent) identify as pro-life.

Americans as a whole proved even less likely to support the killing of a baby in these circumstances. Eighty percent oppose abortion the day before birth, 79 percent oppose abortion in the third trimester, and 82 percent oppose removing medical care for a viable child after birth.

"This survey vividly reveals both the American people’s common-sense appreciation for the sanctity of life and the widespread horror, even among self-identified pro-choice Americans, of new laws like New York’s that effectively allow abortion up until the moment of delivery," Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of AUL, said in a statement on the findings.

"Planned Parenthood and elected officials like Governor [Andrew] Cuomo who support abortions up to the point of birth are out of step with not only their supposed core constituents, but also our country’s essential tenets of life, liberty, and the opportunity to pursue happiness," Foster declared. "It is our hope that the critical information brought to light here will advance the democratic process by inspiring more Americans to hold their representatives and public institutions to account."

Last month, Gov. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed the Reproductive Health Act (S.B. 240) on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1973). The law allows abortion throughout pregnancy — even up to the baby's due date — in the name of protecting a woman's health. It also repeals protections for babies who survive abortion and removes New York's protections for wanted babies killed if a pregnant mother is physically abused.

Late last month, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Springfield) admitted that her party's REPEAL Act (H.B. 2491) would also make abortion legal throughout pregnancy — in the third trimester and up until the very beginning of labor. After her testimony, Democrats like Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) dropped their support for the bill.

Shortly after Tran's shocking testimony, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) defended the bill — and went further, explaining that if a baby is born in an attempted abortion, the doctor and family should have a discussion as to whether or not to save the baby's life. In other words, he defended infanticide — the removal of medical care for a child outside the womb, something 77 percent of pro-choice Americans oppose.