More Millennials Are For The 20-Week Abortion Ban Than You’d Guess

Grace Carr | Reporter

Nearly half of millennials support banning abortion for women who are past 20 weeks in pregnancy, according to a Quinnipiac poll.

Respondents, among a variety of questions, were asked to answer the question: “If a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy were enacted in the state in which you live, would you support or oppose that policy?”

Forty-nine percent of 18 to 34-year-old Americans said they would support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy if the policy were enacted in their state, the Jan. 2017 Quinnipiac poll revealed. Millennials, also known as Generation Y or the Net Generation, are typically defined as individuals born in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fifty-four percent of 35 to 49-year-olds polled support the same abortion ban. Quinnipiac University conducted its poll via telephone interviews with 899 voters from Jan. 5 to 9. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation Monday evening that would prevent doctors from performing abortions on women who are 20 weeks pregnant or more. Fifty-one lawmakers voted for the measure and 46 voted against it, but the bill failed to pass the Senate requirement of 60 votes necessary for a debate on the bill.

“For those Senators who voted against the bill, millennials will be asking how they can embrace such an inhumane procedure for infants who soon can survive outside the womb, and the pro-life generation will hold them accountable,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins, the Washington Post reported.

The bill, known as Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sought to make it illegal for a person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion after 20-weeks gestation of pregnancy. Transgressors would face fines and up to five years in prison. The legislation did include exemptions for rape victims however, but only if the woman received medical treatment or counseling at least 48 hours before the abortion.  (RELATED: Over 75 Percent Of Americans Support Abortion Restrictions, Poll Says)

“Research shows that a woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (five months) is 35 times more likely to die from an abortion than she was in the first trimester,” President of Americans United For Life Catherine Glenn Foster said in a statement, noting her organization’s disappointment over the failed vote.

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