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Gallup poll: Pro-life majority in America

Updated–5/16/09

Fox News reported yesterday that a majority of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life on the abortion issue.

Fifty-one percent of Americans consider themselves “pro-life” and just 42 percent say they are “pro-choice,” the first time a majority of the country has stated a personal objection to abortion since Gallup polls began tracking the data 15 years ago.

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This is the first time since Gallup began tracking this issue that pro-lifers have overtaken pro-choicers!  In fact, just last year the numbers were 50% pro-choice, 44% pro-life.

If you’re thinking this is simply a statistical anomaly, think again.  Gallup’s own article indicates it considered this possibility when it explains these results were corroborated by two other polls yielding almost identical numbers–one was another Gallup poll, but confirmation also came from a Pew Research Center which showed an 8-point drop in those who believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Republicans and right-leaning Independents are responsible for the dramatic position shift as Democrats’  and left-leaning Independents’ views remained virtually stagnant from last year.  The following graph shows a 10% shift from pro-choice to pro-life among the former group in the study.

The poll also found a corresponding shift on the extent to which Americans believe abortion should be legal.  Fifty-three percent of Americans now believe abortion should be legal under certain conditions, down slightly from last year.  But it’s now a dead-heat between those who believe there should be no legal restrictions on abortion and those who believe the procedure should never be performed under any circumstances.   With 22% holding the former position and 23% the latter.  Until now, the left extreme heavily outnumbered the right on the legality question.

Gallup probed further with those who believe abortion should be legal in some cases, but not all.  When asked whether they thought abortion should be legal in most cases or in only a few cases, the latter view won handily.  The chart below shows those 37% of respondents favor legalization only in rare cases while those who prefer few legal restrictions make up only 15% of Americans.

Views on Legalized Abortion

Views on Legalized Abortion

Another interesting take on the graphic above is seen by combining the left extreme with those who believe abortion should be restricted, but only in few cases vs. the right extreme and those who believe the procedure should only be illegal in most situations.  While only 37% of Americans stand on the left half of the spectrum, fully 60% place themselves on the right half . 

Gallup also found both men and women who identify themselves as pro-life jumped 8% and 6%, respectively.  This year, 49% of women and 54% of men identify themselves as pro-life vs. 43% of women and 46% of men in last year’s survey.

All three categories of religious preference used by Gallup showed gains in the percentage of pro-life Americans as well.  Protestants identifying themselves as pro-life shot up 8%, Roman Catholics 7%, and those who categorized themselves not in either of these two groups (other/none) but consider themselves pro-life rose 4%. 

This is great news for the pro-life movement in the US.  But what will it mean on the political front?

Gallup says “With the first pro-choice president in eight years…Americans — and, in particular, Republicans — seem to be taking a step back from the pro-choice position. However, the retreat is evident among political moderates as well as conservatives.”

Personally, I believe this dramatic shift is a direct result of the radical changes President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are cramming down our throats.  We saw the beginnings a conservative uprising immediately following the November election with groups like Rebuild the Party and Top Conservatives on Twitter springing up on the internet, and more recently the Tea Party, the 9/12 Project, and numerous other conservative activist organizations.

Sounds like great news for the Republican Party, right?

Not if it listens to the numerous calls that insist a move to the center is the GOP’s only hope for survival, like seen here, here, and here.  There’s evidence the party may already have charted this course.  Continuing to take this path will only make matters worse as the party continues to alienate true conservatives, and offers no alternative to the Democrats and their left-wing, Socialist agenda.

Rush Limbaugh‘s been saying it, Dick Cheney‘s been saying it, I and countless others have been saying it, the GOP needs to move back to its conservative roots if it hopes to recover from the thrashing it’s taken in the last two election cycles.

This Gallup poll should tell the GOP a move to the center will be committing suicide.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planned Parenthood Fears Outside Scrutiny – Chooses Closely Linked Group to Implement ‘Reform’

December 30th, LOS ANGELES – Lila Rose, 20-year old president of Live Action, responds to a public statement made by Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum in defense of her organization after investigative videos shot in Bloomington and Indianapolis clinics showed the criminal cover up of statutory rape. Rose calls for Planned Parenthood of Indiana to publicly release the number of reports Planned Parenthood of Indiana has made to Child Protective Services in conjunction with the number of minors to whom they have provided STD testing, abortion counseling, pregnancy testing, and birth control.

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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Abortion | , , , , | 2 Comments

Planned Parenthood Staffer in Video Resigns

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — A Planned Parenthood of Indiana counselor has resigned after an undercover video showed her telling a woman posing as a 13-year-old that she didn’t care about the age of the man who impregnated her, the group said Friday.

Two videos shot at the organization’s clinics by an anti-abortion group appear to show workers unconcerned about state law requiring anyone learning of sexual acts between an adult and a child under 14 to report them to police or child welfare authorities. A nursing aide seen in the other video was previously fired.

Planned Parenthood said Friday it has enlisted an outside group to help retrain its workers on the legal requirements for reporting abuse.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s president and CEO, Betty Cockrum, also called on the anti-abortion group Live Action to give it copies of all the undercover video it shot at clinics in Bloomington and Indianapolis that showed a young patient claiming she had been impregnated by an older man.

“It’s right for us to see what our staff said and did,” Cockrum said.

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Well, Ms. Cockrum, if you want to see what your staff said and did, it’s right here on YouTube.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid more training for staff won’t remedy this situation.  The problem is these workers for PPH are willing to break the law because of political motivation.  They care nothing for this young girl, only for the unobstructed right to abortion.

And remember, I’m a conservative that believes a grown woman should have the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy except for partial-birth abortions. 

But PPH’s opposition to parental notification laws are insane.  Public schools can’t give my daughters an aspirin without my permission, but a PPH clinic can give them an abortion without me knowing.  It’s absolutely flabbergasting that anyone can try to justify that!

In this case though, these workers were so blinded by their political position on abortion that they don’t even care this 13-year old girl was sexually molested by a 31 year-old man.  Training won’t fix that!

Perhaps a psychological evaluation of potential PPH employees would identify these nutcases, but PPH also needs to redefine it’s mission. (This link is to a Google cached page because the original link now redirects to the PPH homepage.)  If PPH wants to really avoid this situation in the future, it’s mission should be to provide the service that’s best for each and every individual girl or woman who seeks it’s services, not to make certain every woman has unrestricted access to an abortion.

December 20, 2008 Posted by | Abortion | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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