Abortion is a contentious issue, but there are stances within the debate that most Americans can agree on. For example, most Americans would support laws banning sex-selection abortions. Most Americans favor parental notification if an underage daughter is going to have an abortion. Most Americans don’t want their tax dollars used for abortions. Americans, overwhelmingly, oppose third-trimester partial birth abortions. The Democratic Party is institutionally at odds with the above-mentioned positions.
This is worth noting because the entire Republican Party has been hammered — with reason, thanks in part to an idiot pol from Missouri — for its convention’s platform that is silent on abortion as an option in the cases of rape and incest. It’s also fair to say that most of the GOP base opposes abortion in the first trimester of a pregnancy. These are two positions where most Americans would disagree with the Republican Party.
However, Mitt Romney is already on the record as saying that if – in the very unlikely event – a GOP-led Congress submitted to him a bill banning abortion as an option for rape and incest, he would veto it. (read)
On the other hand, it’s very safe to assume that if given the opportunity to sign a bill that overturned the ban on partial birth abortion, President Obama would sign it, and likely include a celebratory signing ceremony with many fellow Democrats. The president’s position on abortion is well out of the mainstream. As an Illinois state senator he literally stood alone in opposing a bill to prevent babies who survived partial-birth abortion attempts from being left to die. (watch) Obama’s main concern was that a viable infant/fetus might have legal protections. This is the wording in the law that Obama found objectionable: “A live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.”(read)
Gallup notes that 50 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-life, 41 percent consider themselves pro-choice. This same Gallup poll notes that 86 percent of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in the third trimester. President Obama’s stance on abortion, unlike Mitt Romney’s, is very extreme.