The Corner

Wendy Davis, Voice of the People

Via LifeNews, I see that Daily Beast columnist Kelli Goff is defending Wendy Davis on abortion: Her views are nuanced, she’s speaking for the vast majority of Americans in the middle on the issue, she’s providing nuance on abortion. I won’t fault Goff for the ridiculous headline (headlines are usually not written by the author) or even for not keeping up with Davis’s evolving position (it’s hard to do). But I can’t let her comments about public opinion pass without comment.

Not only does she line up with “most people of Texas” but most Americans.

According to the most recent Gallup poll, while 26 percent of Americans believe abortion should be permitted in all circumstances, 20 percent believe it should be illegal in all circumstances, but the majority of Americans, 52 percent, believe it should be permitted “in only certain circumstances.”

Follow the link Goff provides, and you’ll see that Gallup let the folks in the middle choose whether abortion should be permitted “in most circumstances” or “only in a few circumstances.” Results: 58 percent of the public chose the two options most protective of unborn life, saying either that abortion should be prohibited altogether or allowed only in a few circumstances. Does that sound like Wendy Davis to you?

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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