Friday, May 15, 2009
America is Pro-Life
The latest Gallup poll on abortion revealed that more Americans are now Pro-Life than Pro-Choice for the first time since this poll began in 1995.
The new results, obtained from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, represent a significant shift from a year ago, when 50% were pro-choice and 44% pro-life. Prior to now, the highest percentage identifying as pro-life was 46%, in both August 2001 and May 2002.
The May 2009 survey documents comparable changes in public views about the legality of abortion. In answer to a question providing three options for the extent to which abortion should be legal, about as many Americans now say the procedure should be illegal in all circumstances (23%) as say it should be legal under any circumstances (22%). This contrasts with the last four years, when Gallup found a strong tilt of public attitudes in favor of unrestricted abortion.
Good news. I won't speculate (much) about why the strong shift, except to say that the election raised the issue because of Obama's historical stance on it. The lack of change in Democrats' opinion and the move of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents toward the Pro-Life position tends to support this as a possible reason.
On a related note, Ken Blackwell's column today on torture contrasts the way the Obama administration views the "torture" of terrorists (waterboarding) with its view on the torture of babies ripped apart in the womb during an abortion.
A little translation [of Justice Stephen Breyer's majority opinion in Carhart v. Stenberg] may be required: “at least some fetal tissue” translates to the unborn child’s arm, a leg, or maybe her head. “Dismemberment of the fetus with nonvaccuum surgical instruments” means cutting off her arms or legs with razor-sharp implements while the child, still alive, is capable of feeling excruciating pain.
Rest assured, this is not torture. It doesn’t meet the legal definition of torture because under the rule of Roe v. Wade, the unborn child does not meet the legal definition of a person.
It's interesting that the comments to Blackwell's column are split in focus along liberal/conservative lines. The liberals generally talk about the "illegal" Iraq war and the treatment of the terrorists, and the conservatives talk about abortion. There was one comment by a conservative that caught my eye. Fuzzy (comment #30) said:
Sometimes I can't wait
until the muslims take out the liberals. The beauty of it is that after the liberals are hiding back in the holes they should never have slithered out of, we will be left with a strong nation that will then stand up to the muslims.
Liberals - remember not to torture the muslim children that come down your hole wearing bombs on their vest. Just be quiet & explode with dignity. Perhaps while shouting "America sucks" at the top of your lungs.
Too bad we can't have a film reel of bloopers showing you screwing it up. How many of you will only get to say "Oh crap!" & never get the "America sucks" part out in time.
One of the issues the Islamofascist terrorists disagree with the Left over is abortion (as well as the promiscuity that brings up the desire for abortion in the first place). It makes for strange bedfellows, to say the least.
I hope this Pro-Life trend continues until even those Democrats who oppose the torture of inhuman, bloodthirsty killers can transfer that opposition to the torture and destruction of innocent life in the womb. It may take a miracle, but that's the kind of God I serve.