Friday, May 15, 2009

Annual Gallup Poll on Abortion

For the first time since the poll began, more Americans (51%) consider themselves "pro-life" than "pro-choice" (42%). This is good news for the prospects of a party that considers itself pro-life.

That said, readers are encouraged to take in the whole article. Of those responding, only 22% said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Adding together those responding that it should be legal in all circumstances and that it should be legal under certain circumstances, one comes up with 76% of Americans believing that some abortion ought to be legal.

A majority of people in this country want to consider themselves pro-life, yet a considerable portion of that total believe that abortion should be legal in some circumstances. A party that continues to cling to the notion that all abortion should be illegal is not a party that gets the politics of this issue. The Republican Party must find a way to be the pro-life party while recognizing a greater definition of the phrase "pro-life". It cannot only mean no abortion ever.

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