(CNS News) — When asked whether killing an unborn child is moral, Senator Joni Ernst (R- Iowa) said, “I think it is horrendous.”
At the U.S. Capitol on July 19, CNS News asked Senator Ernst, “The Women’s Health Protection Act would legalize abortion nationwide. Do you believe killing an unborn child is moral?”
She replied, “I think it is horrendous. I am absolutely pro-life and I don’t think that we should be – well, let me rephrase that — because I think the Dobbs case was decided correctly and that the state authorities should be the ones left making these decisions. But I am not a supporter of abortion.”
The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, returning abortion law to the state level. The court decided that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion,” which means the issue is decided by each state legislature.
Since Roe was overturned on June 24, 2022, about half of the states have implemented outright bans on most abortions or restricted the procedure in different ways, such as nearly no abortions past 15 weeks or when a heartbeat is detected, which is usually around six weeks into pregnancy. Other states have made abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy.
According to SBA Pro-Life America, “27 states plus the District of Columbia continue to have few or no limits on abortion and have largely been unaffected by the Dobbs ruling in terms of any gestational limits.”
In September 2021, the Democrat-dominant House of Representatives passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), which would essentially legalize abortion across the board nationwide – abortion on demand until birth. The bill did not pass in the Senate because there were not enough votes (60 needed) to stop a Republican filibuster.
The legislation was again passed by the House on July 15 and is now in the Senate. Some Democrats have argued for eliminating the filibuster to pass the WHPA. As Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said, “Let me be clear: If it comes down to protecting the filibuster or protecting a woman’s right to choose, there should be no question that I will vote to protect a woman’s right to choose.”
A recent Harvard/Harris poll asked “Do you think your state should allow abortion …?” and gave several choices: Only in cases of rape or incest; up to six weeks; up to 15 weeks; up to 23 weeks; and up to 9 months.
Thirty-seven percent said “only in cases of rape or incest”; 12% said “up to six weeks”; and 23% said “up to 15 weeks.”
Combined, that is a total of 72% who want abortion very restricted in their state.
Only 18% said that abortion should be allowed “up to 23 weeks” in their state, and only 10% said “up to 9 months.”
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