PLI Poll in Des Moines Register Op-Ed

Posted on April 24, 2017

Myths like ‘life begins at conception’ don’t belong in the law

[In an op-ed about state legislation in Iowa…]

Anti-abortion lawmakers may have won election on that platform in their districts, but they don’t speak for the majority, as pollster J. Ann Selzer found in a pre-election sample of 1,003 likely voters across America last August. Selzer, who also conducts the Register’s Iowa Poll, polled people about abortion for the Public Leadership Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

She found that 69 percent of respondents did not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. The results were even more significant when the 28 percent of respondents who said they were most opposed to abortion were questioned further. Of those, 60 percent thought women seeking abortions should be able to opt out of getting a sonogram or being forced to wait, and 56 percent found “very convincing” a statement reading, in part, “Every person’s situation is different, and we should respect that this decision is (a woman’s) to make, with her family and in accordance with her faith.”

Most significantly, only 19 percent of the group that was most opposed to abortion remained that way after hearing the follow-up questions; 30 percent ended up opposing any restrictions.

While it’s a relief that the amendment to the abortion bill was pulled, the original bill banning abortions after 20 weeks was broadened. Now even pregnancies resulting from rape and incest or with fetal anomalies could not be terminated.

Lawmakers should stop playing God and let doctors and patients make medical decisions for themselves.

 

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Story on Bustle

Posted on March 29, 2017

What Are “Abortion-Out-Loud” Bills? Advocates Have A Compelling New Strategy To Secure Access By Sarah Friedmann During a time seemingly dominated by attacks on women’s reproductive rights, pro-choice legislators are now adopting an exciting...

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News article on Rewire

Posted on March 28, 2017

Pro-Choice Michigan Lawmakers Ready to Go on Offense by Michelle D. Anderson “The best way to fight back is with a strong, sustained effort to drive proactive policies—and the public debate about such policies—in states,...

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News Report on Truthout

Posted on March 4, 2017

States and Cities Push Back on Reproductive Health Attacks By Katie Klabusich In the face of promises from the new administration and its congressional allies to make abortion and other reproductive health care less accessible,...

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PLI’s Aimee Arrambide in Newsweek

Posted on February 19, 2017

Texas Legislators Double Down, Break Glass Table, in Next Big Abortion Fight By Lucy Wescott Eight months after the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, state legislators appear to be doubling down...

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Gloria Totten Op-Ed in Rewire

Posted on February 8, 2017

Abortion Rights Advocates Working to Turn the Tide in States and Localities Rewire, Feb 8, 2017, 6:35pm Gloria Totten A good offense really is the best defense. Many of us have been fixed to...

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News in Teen Vogue

Posted on January 25, 2017

Bills to Be Introduced in 18 States Protecting Reproductive Rights “We’re not going to stay on the defense and we’re not going to let the federal government drive abortion strategy in our state.” Jennifer...

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News story in The Atlantic

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How Activists Are Protecting Reproductive Rights Under Trump Taking a page from the anti-abortion lobby, pro-choice groups are pushing proactive legislation at the state level. The Atlantic, January 25, 2017 In deep-red Kentucky, a...

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Op-Ed on Ohio Heartbeat Bill

Posted on December 13, 2016

Ohio’s heartbeat bill is unconscionable and unconstitutional by Gloria Totten, published in The Hill Unfortunately for women, Trump’s vision for America is already alive and well in the Buckeye State. Emboldened by the election,...

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News Story in The Hill

Posted on November 30, 2016

Abortion foes plot wave of legislation in the states Opponents of abortion rights are planning to push a raft of new rules and restrictions after their allies scored big wins in state legislative chambers...

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