Texas, NC Bans Herald Growing Pro-Life Sentiment

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Texas' battle to ban abortions at 20 weeks is now a talking point for politicians testing the presidential waters. 
         
CBN News obtained exclusive access to a July 19 gathering of Iowa pastors. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was found firing up the audience with his take on the Lone Star showdown.

"I'll tell you the pro-life protestors came to the Capitol, arm-in-arm, singing 'Amazing Grace' and the pro-abortion supporters responding by chanting, 'Hail, Satan.' You can't make this stuff up," Cruz told the audience.

Is the change in attitudes about abortion a result of pro-lifers doing a better job at framing their message? Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, talks about this and more on CBN Newswatch, July 26.

Libertarian Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also in attendance, was quick to point out his pro-life position as well.

"You are committing a violence and there is a role for government to stop violence," Paul said.

The Texas law not only banned abortion after 20 weeks, it upgraded requirements for abortion clinics. Four of those clinics now say they'll close.

Meanwhile, North Carolina passed new restrictions Thursday on the state's abortion clinics.

So far this year, state lawmakers have passed more than 50 laws restricting abortion. That number pales in comparison to 2011, when lawmakers passed 92.

But both sides agree the laws passed this year are more powerful, like in North Dakota and Kansas that banned abortion on the basis of gender.

Meanwhile, public sentiment now appears to support these efforts more than ever. 

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 56 percent support restricting abortion after 20 weeks.

Another 10 percent of those surveyed would prefer to outlaw abortion in the United States altogether or limit it earlier than 20 weeks after fertilization.

More than half -- 54 percent -- say they oppose state laws that make it more difficult for abortion clinics to operate compared to 45 percent who support such legislation.

An NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found similar results.

Meanwhile, 55 percent of respondents say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

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