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Poll: Pro-Life Majority Re-Emerges
Town Hall ^ | Apr. 15, 2013 | Guy Benson

Posted on 04/15/2013 7:51:03 AM PDT by EXCH54FE

In the wake of President Obama's re-election, the public opinion dam has seemingly begun to burst on one hotly-contested social issue: Same-sex unions. Are Americans moving decisively leftward on abortion, too? I spent the last week in Boulder, Colorado at the annual Conference on World Affairs. It's an overwhelmingly liberal crowd, so one of my more challenging tasks was discussing "reproductive rights" on a panel comprised of pro-choice women and me. In order to inoculate myself against the inevitable "you're not a woman" critique, I cited statistics demonstrating that (a) being pro-life is a mainstream, if not majority position; and (b) women are statistically just as likely to be pro-life as pro-choice. I drew on a pair of 2012 polls. The first, from Gallup, recorded a record-low 41 percent of Americans self-identifying as pro-choice, with a +2 pro-life "gender gap" among women. The other was from CNN, which pegged pro-life sentiment at 52 percent overall, with women deadlocked on the issue. Here's a snapshot of the Gallup stats:

Since last fall, however a number of public surveys have detected a lurch to the left on these questions. Rasmussen has measured a fairly sharp turnabout, while NBC/WSJ found a majority in favor of legal abortion in "all or most" circumstances for the first time. But the NBC/WSJ polling partnership released a new poll last week, which I linked in passing. I didn't dig into the numbers too thoroughly beyond Obama's weak approval numbers; luckily, Allahpundit did, and he discovered an about-face on abortion, with the new data reflecting the prevailing attitudes mentioned above:

That's a 52/45 pro-life split, with a sizable plurality (42 percent) embracing most Republicans' mainstream stance. Question, then: Why did pro-choice sentiment spike in late 2012 and early 2013? I'd submit that blanket coverage of Todd Akin's egregious comments really poisoned the well for the pro-life brand. People said to themselves, "I'm not comfortable with abortion in a lot of circumstances, but if that's what they believe, I don't want to be a part of that." This, skeptics of abortion-on-demand went "pro-choice" to avoid being lumped in with the (barely existent) no-exceptions, "legitimate rape," anti-biology crowd. AP also links to a WaPo infographic showing that large majorities support abortions under limited and rare scenarios, including the life of the mother being at risk, rape, and birth defects. On the other hand, near super-majorities oppose abortion for the most common reasons. I'd love to see the numbers on gender-selective abortions -- which House Democrats refused to oppose last year. Or repeats, which account for roughly 50 percent of abortions in America today. Or full-stop infanticide. The vast majority of abortions are obtained for reasons of convenience, and approximately half are performed on women who've terminated at least one previous pregnancy. Pro-lifers faced a backlash when one of their own made ignorant remarks that were covered ad nauseam. Will pro-choicers see the same effect now that one of their extremists is on trial for murdering seven infants and an adult patient? Lurid revelations of newborns being decapitated at birth amidst horrific conditions might be rather bad for business for the abortion industry, which may explain why their media supporters did their level best to bury the Gosnell story. The ghastly truth is finally winning out, thanks to a coordinated PR push from abortion opponents. And it's grisly. It turns out the sanitary conditions were so breathtakingly poor because the Philadelphia clinic never faced inspections...for entirely political reasons. That's why Gosnell felt comfortable keeping his victims' detached feet in jars as trophies; he was confident no one would ever ask questions. Unable to ignore the Gosnell horror any longer, abortion proponents are dismissing it as an isolated instance. As I asked last week, is it?

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes; prolife

1 posted on 04/15/2013 7:51:03 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
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One of Obama's friends no doubt.. Kermit Gosnell, charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder, killing babies reportedly born alive at his abortion office in West Philadelphia, Pa. (A) I wonder how many times this murder has visited the white house..
2 posted on 04/15/2013 8:06:20 AM PDT by PLD
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I always wonder how people can change their minds on fundamental moral issues like these.

This is not the color of your kitchen wall. This is whether or not it is okay to kill your children.

3 posted on 04/15/2013 8:07:59 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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Kermit Gosnell, charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder, killing babies reportedly born alive at his abortion office in West Philadelphia, Pa. (A) I wonder how many times this murder has visited the white house..

The anti-God democrats are likely salivating to have Gosnell speak via VTC at the 2016 DNC.

4 posted on 04/15/2013 8:21:30 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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Were we ever a MINORITY on the MURDER of babies??

5 posted on 04/15/2013 8:25:41 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Rand Paul/Ben Carson should be the 2016 Ticket!)
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It inevitably would be presented as “an isolated instance”, but it is an “instance” that lasted decades, and involved THOUSANDS o+ victims-—add to that the positively GHOULISH
aspects o* it, the keeping o* severed limbs as “trophies” and you’ve got a TRUE expression o* Abortion-on-Demand, and the darkest o* dark undersides that the “Pro-Choicers” will do anything to keep hidden. Put Gosnell’s practices next to Akin’s retrograde and unsophisticated statements and there’s no comparison—the Pro-choicers can only conjure the ridiculous specter , and promote the classic *alse choice
o* Akin’s position becoming the law o* the land and numerous
women being *orced to carry children they don’t want to term, when their biology-directed “shut-down” doesn’t occur
on the time-schedule it was supposed to. Gosnell SHOULD provide all anyone needs to totally discredit what’s become o* the “reproductive rights” movement, but the blackout on his trial says it won’t. It is bursting with the kind o*
perverse red meat that the Press usually lusts a*ter, but they’ll touch it only very gingerly, and care*ully omit all the horrible details they’d be exploiting i* it were a story
on the other side o* this issue.

6 posted on 04/15/2013 8:32:43 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: ScottinVA

I hope and pray God brings down his anger on these democrats and we are alive to see it..Yes I believe the Dem’s are salivating and would like to have this murdering bastard speak at the the 2016 DNC convention,they most evil demons alive..It is time they are put back in hell by God..

7 posted on 04/15/2013 8:33:04 AM PDT by PLD
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It is vital to the pro-life movement that after the Gosnell trial is over, they create a profound DVD documentary detailing it in all its horrific detail. It will have to be Unrated, but should have lots of warnings about graphic and horrific descriptions and images of violence and death.

This should be so grotesque that it should make people nauseous at the mere mention of abortion. The pro-abortion politicians should have their names mentioned frequently. The same with Planned Parenthood. Equate abortion with racist genocide.

Include public domain statements by the politicians and the abortion advocates.

And the DVD, with limited copyright, should get the distribution that The Passion of the Christ did. Then send a copy or two to churches, with permission to copy and redistribute, but without modification.

Free copies to students and the poor, a Spanish version, other languages in subtitles.

Efforts should be made to get it banned in other countries, with the idea that it can be widely distributed there by the Internet. That people will be motivated to download it because it is forbidden by their leftist governments.

8 posted on 04/15/2013 9:04:11 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at
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It is very easy and convenient for a liberal to SAY he is against abortion. Never forget that a liberal’s biggest fear is that there are/will be too many people in this world. To a liberal, abortion is just a means of keeping population numbers down. Abortion is a math problem to them.

9 posted on 04/15/2013 10:01:59 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Pontiac

I honestly don’t think they did, I think the 2012 election fraud has forced polling company’s to balance’s their polls in reflection of that fraud.

What is most disappointing however is republican efforts to expose and reverse the fraud.

The other possablity is if democrats managed to register and motivate the rest of the low-info base that generally doesn’t vote. But if that were the case voter turn out would have been much higher than normal instead of a whole lot lower.

The evidence suggest that republican turn out must have been suppressed, and democratic turn out depressed.

10 posted on 04/15/2013 1:29:25 PM PDT by Monorprise (`)
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