During his speech at a Democratic National Committee event on Tuesday, President Biden made clear what his top priority will be if his party maintains its majority hold on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:
Biden: "Here is the promise I make to you and the American people: The first bill that I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade. And when Congress passes it, I'll sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided as the law of the land."
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, explains more graphically what Biden's promise actually means: "The president told us that his top priority if Democrats maintain control of Congress is to pass a bill that would allow the killing of unborn children for any reason, unlimited abortions for all nine months of pregnancy – and tax dollars would pay for it."
But Tobias tells AFN Biden and most Democrats are overlooking what the public has to say in several surveys in recent months – especially a June Harvard/Harris CAPS Poll.
"[That poll showed that] maybe 10% to 15% of the country would support the position being advocated by the president and the Democratic Party of abortion for all nine months of pregnancy for any reason," the pro-life leader notes.
Undoubtedly, abortion on demand remains an issue among voters; but as another poll taken just last week indicates, the top three issues registered voters are concerned about are inflation, the economy, and immigration.
"That [position on abortion] does not have public support – and somehow the Democrats are just misreading or ignoring all polls that show it," Tobias concludes.
Right vs. wrong
The NRLC leader isn't alone. Biden's vow to codify Roe is a "failing message" for Democrats, according to Republican Congressman Jody Hice (Georgia).
"People in America do not want abortion up to the point of birth," Hice told Washington Watch with Tony Perkins on Tuesday. "… The number one issue I hear [back in Georgia]" is the rising cost of living – and "the second issue has got to be crime, and that starts on the southern border."
Hice, a former pastor, described the Biden administration's focus on abortion as "absolutely wicked" – then urged people of faith in the U.S. to be actively involved in the midterms:
"There is such a thing as right and wrong, and the things that we are watching take place in this country right now are absolutely wrong. There is no excuse for our voices not to be heard at the ballot box, right now more than ever."