October 17, 2017
Donald Trump isn't just doing what conservatives want. On matters of life, he's doing what Americans want. According to a new national poll just released by our friends at SBA List, a majority of voters back two of the president's major policy initiatives. While the White House works to roll back the oppressive HHS mandate, he'll have the backing of 51 percent of the country.
Less than two weeks ago, the president's team set to work on one of the country's biggest complaints about the last administration: Barack Obama's order that strong-armed Americans into surrendering their beliefs. Under two new rules from Donald Trump's HHS, pro-lifers will no longer have to choose between violating their conscience and being fined for their faith. It was a major victory for groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor, who became the face of the Left's war on religious liberty. If the move was unpopular, you wouldn't know it from McLaughlin & Associates. In their survey, only 36 percent of Americans opposed the president's decision.
Even more popular, experts point out, is the Republicans' Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortion at the five-month mark, when children start feeling the torture of their abortion. A whopping 62 percent are behind the bill that's before the Senate. Amazingly, only 25 percent disagree with the legislation, which President Trump has vowed to sign the moment it hits his desk.
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser understands that the momentum for the Pain-Capable bill is only growing. "Voters overwhelmingly want to get the United States out of the disgraceful club of only seven nations that allow elective abortion after five months of pregnancy," she said. "They recognize that abortion is not health care and that freedom of conscience is a foundational American value. Candidates running for office in 2018, especially vulnerable Democrat Senators in states won by President Trump, should take note: this is what a winning agenda looks like. Going against the will of the majority of voters who eagerly want pro-life reforms is politically perilous."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.