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May 10, 2013 - 4:06 pm

We’ve known that Americans feeling that abortion should be illegal in most circumstances have been rising since the 2012 election.  As with any emotionally charged issue, it can change with the political winds.  Additionally, public opinion easily changes with the political tide.  With the pervasive “war on women” barrage throughout 2012, the serial rape and pregnancy gaffes Republicans made surely hurt the pro-life movement at the time.  Yet, a new Gallup poll shows that 58% of Americas are opposed to abortion in most circumstances, which includes 57% of women.

Steven Ertelt at Life News reported today that:

Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 2-7, find 58 percent of Americans want either all or almost all abortions illegal — with 20% saying it should be illegal in all circumstances and 38% favoring it in only in a few circumstances.

Just 39 percent of Americans support all or most abortions remaining legal, with only 26% of Americans favoring legalized abortion under any circumstances (the position of Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama) and 13% favoring legality under most circumstances.

The poll also showed varying groups of Americans also strongly oppose abortions and want it illegal in all or most circumstances. Some 59 percent of men and 57 percent of women want all or most abortions illegal as do 57 percent of young Americans under the age of 34.  Republicans want all or most abortions illegal on a 78-21 percentage point margin while 59 percent of independents and even 43 percent of Democrats oppose all or most abortions.

The Democratic figure is promising, but given how pro-life Democrats – what’s left of them – operate in Congress, they’re squishy on the issue of defending life.  Regardless, while we’re edging closer to becoming a pro-life nation, but more work needs to be done.

Matt Vespa is a web editor at Townhall.com and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.

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plenty of people say they are pro-life, anti-abortion, until it comes to voting against their unoin, family tradition, cash cow. you get the picturre. i am against abortion. i understand that roe v.wade is almost impossible to reverse or replace. but, everytime someone wants reform, we are bombarded with insults from the left. the catholic church claims to be pro-life. nearly 1/4 of congress is catholic and a majority do not support pro-life issues.
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Please. Every time "heart beat" bills have gone before the voter, they have been shot down-even in MS. In my home state of MO, the moronic Todd Akin was soundly defeated by McCaskill, even though McCaskill is widely loathed for her vote on obamacare (and for numerous ethics violations re:taxes, investments.)

People like telling posters they're pro life, because they think that makes them look moral, and they know it's irrelevant as Roe V Wade is the law of the land. But do they actually want to live in a country where all abortions are banned, a la Ireland or Ecuador-? Their voting patterns say otherwise.

It's like privileged white college students proclaiming that all white people should "go back" to Europe, or live as subsistence farmers with no modern conveniences. They know no one is going to make them go back anywhere, and no one is going to force them at gun point to go live in Third World conditions somewhere. But such proclamations make them feel superior to other people who don't claim to feel the same way, and that's what's important. Cheap grace. Easy moral superiority.
1 year ago
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You are quite wrong. When asked to ban ALL abortions, you don't get support for it. But if you proposed to ban any third trimester abortion without several doctors saying it was medically--not psychologically, medically--required, that law would pass in a breeze, even as an amendment. In many parts of the country, that would pass for second trimester abortions, and where so, so be it.

People should be given that choice.

You say Roe V Wade is the law of the land like it's true--it is a baseless pretense with no validity.
1 year ago
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I should say, you say Roe v Wade is the law of the land like it makes any abortion legal as well--it plainly doesn't. The genuine constitutional order wherein the states decide criminal cases and law such as murder is re-asserting itself. Roe v Wade will discarded by a court embarrassed it overstepped its bounds.
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This is good news. It's laws the follow culture not the other way.
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