Second Poll Confirms More Americans Pro-life on Abortion
Last week Gallup announced that for the first time in their polling, more people identify themselves as pro-life than pro-choice, 51% to 42%. Yesterday, a Fox poll backed that up by showing similar results (49% pro-life to 43% pro-choice).
These results are likely even an understatement, because the way the question is phrased makes a big difference. I remember one woman, who, when asked to identify which she was, pro-life or pro-choice, said something like, “Well I think it should be a choice for when a woman is otherwise going to die, so I guess I’m pro-choice.”
The point is that those calling themselves pro-choice include people, like this woman, who are against abortion 99.9% of the time. Of course, we would want to tell such a woman that while there might be the very, very rare situation of where it would physically help a woman to remove an unborn baby before birth, there is no reason to kill that baby.
Plus all research shows that a woman with a physically challenging pregnancy calls for the woman to be hospitalized and stabilized, not aborted. Indeed, since 1998, Kansas has kept track of whether or not late-term abortions were done to prevent the death of the mother, and of the 4,800 Kansas late-term abortions done during that time (2,800 of which were on babies deemed viable–able to live outside the womb at the time of the abortion), NONE were reported as being done for that reason.
~ Mary Kay Culp, KFL Executive Director