NEW YORK - The Gallup Poll reported Friday that 51 percent of Americans now call themselves "pro-life" rather than "pro-choice" on the issue of abortion, the first time a majority gave that answer in the 15 years that Gallup has asked the question.
The findings, obtained in an annual survey on values and beliefs conducted May 7-10, marked a significant shift from a year ago. A year ago, 50 percent said they were pro-choice and 44 percent pro-life — in the new poll, 42 percent said they were pro-choice.
The findings echoed a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center, which reported a sharp decline since last August in those saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases — from 54 percent to 46 percent.
I know the numbers have been moving in this direction for quite a while, but it's still sort of impressive and gratifying to finally see it crest the wall. For decades, you've seen spazzy hippies able to say that the majority of Americans agree with them and their support for abortion. That's no longer possible (short of rigging some sort of private poll) and it feels pretty good. It's amazing to think about how far this has come given that just a little over 10 years ago, the ratio was 56% pro-choice and 33% pro-life. A 23% deficit to a 9% lead.
It's not surprising really, if you think about it. Here we have people out there protesting that serial killers and rapists shouldn't be put to death and yet people extinguish innocent life willynilly. It's impossible to reconcile that after a while. I might not believe that all life is precious, but even I believe the innocent should be saved. Find me a fetus who went out and maliciously beheaded a half dozen people and maybe I could be convinced to change my mind.