Planned Parenthood paid fora poll of Kentuckians to find out their views on abortion rights, and I was surprised by the results:
Asked whether it’s important for women in Kentucky to have “access to all of the reproductive health care options available, including abortion,” 65% said yes, according to the poll.
Also, 65% said they would have doubts about a law that bans abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case legalizing abortion.
Just 18% said they believe all abortions should be illegal — though another 37% said abortion should be allowed only in “extreme cases,” such as for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or to save the life of the woman. And 43% said abortion should be legal with some regulations.
Because there are so few polls down in Kentucky, I just assumed that Kentuckians were anti-choice. I live in the Louisville, and there are a lot of Catholics here. Plus, the Southern Baptists control the rest of the state, and they are all social conservatives. And from what the Republican legislature and Governor Matt Bevin have signed into law on abortion, I thought that Kentuckians had let their inner social conservatism fly. We are one of those states that will ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
But don’t tell Republican Matt Bevin about this poll’s findings because he is making outlawing abortion one of his big campaign promises if not THE campaign issue this fall:
The socially conservative Republican incumbent pushed abortion to the forefront of his reelection campaign during a press conference outside the Governor’s Mansion. The focus on the key social issue came two days before Bevin squares off against his Democratic opponent, Andy Beshear, at the political stump speaking Saturday at the Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky. The event looms as a crucial campaign test for both….
Bevin lambasted Beshear for taking donations that he said came from the owner of Kentucky’s only abortion clinic, who hosted a Wednesday night campaign fundraiser in Louisville. Bevin said another clinic doctor also attended. The governor also criticized Beshear, the state’s attorney general, for not defending the state in lawsuits challenging several abortion laws passed by abortion foes in the legislature.
“This is blood money, straight up,” the governor said. “There’s no other term for it. … They (the clinic officials) are using monies that they have earned from killing Kentuckians to fund a guy who’s job it is to defend the laws of this state but refuses to do so. That is unacceptable.”
And Bevin has questioned Andy Beshear’s faith to boot over choice.
And Republicans are dismissing this poll because…well, it is Planned Parenthood!
And I think they would love to keep dismissing this poll because of the other things found by Planned Parenthood:
Among other findings of the Planned Parenthood poll conducted June 4-11:
- Beshear has a 15-point lead over incumbent Bevin in the governor’s race. Asked if the election were held today, 51% said they would vote for Beshear and 36% for Bevin.
- Bevin, who already is ranked as the nation’s least popular governor, is viewed unfavorably by 48% and favorably by 38% of Kentuckians polled. Beshear, the state’s attorney general, was viewed favorably by 46% and unfavorably by 38%.
- Voters were evenly divided about candidates who vote to restrict abortion, with 40% more likely and 41% less likely to vote for that person.
- Planned Parenthood has about the same favorable rating among Kentuckians, at 54%, as Kentucky Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, at 58%, within the poll’s 4% margin of error.
- And 86% support comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in public schools that includes information on abstinence, birth control and sexually transmitted diseases.
Granted, this poll was done in June, but I don’t think that Bevin has made himself any more electible or “cuddly” with his latest moves. Bevin is under water. My suspicion is that Bevin is pushing banning abortion to ensure that he is in good standing with the most conservative voters in the Republican Party. Bevin has a lot of Republicans who are sour on him.