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The GOP is craven and the Democrats are extremist on an abortion restriction most Americans favor


The GOP is craven and the Democrats are extremist on an abortion restriction most Americans favor
Los Angeles Times

Large majorities of Americans believe first-trimester abortions should be legal. But once pregnancy moves into the second trimester â that is, at 12 to 24 weeks â only 27% of Americans have a pro-choice position. These Gallup poll results mirror policy in most European nations, where abortion is legally restricted early in the second trimester.For years now, anti-abortion activists in the United States have been trying to establish similar restrictions at 20 weeksâ gestation. Some scientists believe it is possible the prenatal child feels pain at that point, and a strong majority of women tell pollsters they prefer restricting abortion at 20 weeks, rather than the Supreme Court-determined 24 weeks. Legislation to that effect passed in the GOP-dominated House last week. But it is expected to die in the Senate.

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