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May 24, 2014 - 9:47 am

Despite all the “War on Women” rhetoric coming from Obama and the Democrats, the facts speak for themselves: America is divided right down the middle on the question of abortion.

Taxes, the budget, immigration reform — these are Republican vs. Democratic issues. But abortion as an issue that transcends party, so that even independents are split down the middle.

While solid majorities from each party support their position on abortion, both parties also have a significant number of “defectors” — about the same percentage of Democrats are pro-life as there are Republicans who are pro-choice. This is what makes abortion the true dividing line in American politics.

Gallup:

Americans remain divided on the abortion issue, with 47% of U.S. adults describing their views as “pro-choice” and 46% as “pro-life,” continuing a pattern seen since 2010.

These results are based on Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey, conducted May 8-11. Gallup’s trend on this question stretches back to 1995, when Americans tilted significantly more toward the pro-choice label. The balance generally remained more in the pro-choice direction until 2009 when for the first time more Americans identified as pro-life than pro-choice. Since then, these attitudes have fluctuated some, but remain roughly split.

Americans’ identification with the two abortion politics labels differs somewhat by gender and age, with women and 18- to 34-year olds tilting pro-choice, and men and Americans aged 55 and older tilting pro-life. Middle-aged adults are evenly split on the issue.

Regionally, Easterners are the most unified, with 59% calling themselves pro-choice, whereas in all other regions, no more than 50% identify with either label. However, Southerners lean toward the pro-life position (49% to 41%), while those in the Midwest and West are about evenly split.

By far the biggest differences in these views are political, with over two-thirds of Republicans calling themselves pro-life and about as many Democrats identifying as pro-choice. Independents fall squarely in the middle.

A second long-term Gallup trend, this one measuring Americans’ views on the extent to which abortion should be legal, finds 50% saying abortion should be “legal only under certain circumstances,” or in other words, favoring limited abortion rights. This stance has prevailed since 1975. However, a combined 49% of Americans takes a more hardline position, including 28% saying abortion should be legal in all circumstances and 21% believing it should be illegal in all circumstances.

Support for the strong anti-abortion rights position has hovered around 20% since 2011, just below the record-high 23% seen in 2009. Support for strong pro-abortion rights is a notch below the highest levels seen from 1990 to 1995 when it consistently exceeded 30%, but support is up from four to five years ago when it had dipped into the low 20s.

Of course, both sides tolerate their defectors — they just don’t give them any power or place at the national level. Many older Democrats are pro-life while many younger Republicans are pro-choice. That would seem to indicate that eventually, the pro-life faction in the Democratic Party will die off while the pro-choice position in the Republican Party will grow. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Many of those young, pro-choice Republicans may change their minds at some point after they have their own families, their own children. It’s a lot different advocating a position that kills a baby after you’ve looked your firstborn in the eyes and whispered his name.

For the foreseeable future, the issue of abortion will cleave the country, creating a divide that’s going to be hard to bridge.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.
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Way back in the sixties radical feminists coined a spurious "right to abortion' that swept the world with its novelty and quasi-religious zeal.

But 50 years of ideological nonsense is finally losing its power to mislead.

Biology, embryology, fetal surgery, ultrasound technology, and examination of the human remains of an abortion all tell us that the "contents of the uterus", selected to be aborted, is a human being, belonging to the human family, a human being who even at the earliest stages can be identified as a daughter or son, a 'who' not a generic disposable 'thing'.


It is the the crazy mixed-up anti-scientific reconstruction of the fetus by an aging ideology that has miscreated abortion on demand.

Incredibly and quite irrationally, extreme feminist ideologues have attempted to assign to every pregnant woman a totalitarian authority to decide whether she is carrying a child or whether her pregnancy is childless—‘it’s only a bunch of cells’.

Arkansas abortionist, Dr William F. Harrison, gave succinct expression to this flawed but common defense by doctors who perform abortions:
"It's not a baby to me until the mother tells me it's a baby.”

Thumbs up, the tiny human being lives; thumbs down, the dehumanized ‘fetus’ is exterminated.

That's narcissistic subjectivity taken to its most destructive and inhumane extreme.


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"Many older Democrats are pro-life while many younger Republicans are pro-choice."

Source?

After all, it would make sense for people young enough to be aborted to be pro-life.
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Shall we have a big "Of course!" -- ? The typical pro-lifer is one because he holds that the unborn child has as much right to live as anyone outside the womb, while the typical pro-choicer dismisses that position entirely and regards abortion as merely "a woman's right to choose." It's a clash of moral absolutes, with no way to harmonize them around some more fundamental premise.

While there are many **political** positions between an absolute right to abort and the absolute prohibition of abortion, between the **moral** postures beneath those poles there is a void, and nothing is capable of filling it.
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The survey question is a classic example of a "false dichotomy". Many intermediate positions exist between "not even the morning-after pill is acceptable" and "abortion is OK until birth, and perhaps even after". And guess what: two people may hold THE SAME intermediate position (e.g., abortion unrestricted in the 1st trimester, only when life of the mother directly endangered after than) --- and one of them may self-identify as "pro-choice" while the other self-identifies as "pro-life".
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Perhaps the crowd-funded Gosnell movie will sqarely put the younger cohort in the pro-life camp. Truth, hopefully, will win out over the lies of the Left.

I hope so.
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In these polls, it would be extremely important to define and qualify choice a bit more concretely.

Once you ask anyone pro-choice if they agree to 8 month abortions as a personal convenience choice by a woman , they act surprised.

For people who think Joe Biden is President, they seem to think this is all about eliminating it completely when it is really a fight by the left to any term abortion. Cue Gosnell.
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Way back in the sixties radical feminists coined a spurious "right to abortion' that swept the world with its novelty and quasi-religious zeal.

But 50 years of ideological nonsense is finally losing its power to mislead.

Biology, embryology, fetal surgery, ultrasound technology, and examination of the human remains of an abortion all tell us that the "contents of the uterus", selected to be aborted, is a human being, belonging to the human family, a human being who even at the earliest stages can be identified as a daughter or son, a 'who' not a generic disposable 'thing'.


It is the the crazy mixed-up anti-scientific reconstruction of the fetus by an aging ideology that has miscreated abortion on demand.

Incredibly and quite irrationally, extreme feminist ideologues have attempted to assign to every pregnant woman a totalitarian authority to decide whether she is carrying a child or whether her pregnancy is childless—‘it’s only a bunch of cells’.

Arkansas abortionist, Dr William F. Harrison, gave succinct expression to this flawed but common defense by doctors who perform abortions:
"It's not a baby to me until the mother tells me it's a baby.”

Thumbs up, the tiny human being lives; thumbs down, the dehumanized ‘fetus’ is exterminated.

That's narcissistic subjectivity taken to its most destructive and inhumane extreme.


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It's really not about abortion. I could care less about abortion. It's about protecting the weak and helpless and their lives.

Life starts somewhere and where it starts is the same for all regardless of their opinion.

Those who call themselves "pro choice" duck the issue as to where life starts -- at least in public.

The ugly truth is that human beings can be just fine with killing for convenience.
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" It's a lot different advocating a position that kills a baby after you've looked your firstborn in the eyes and whispered his name."

This elides over the fundamental split on the abortion debate. Pro-choice advocates don't think they're advocating a position that kills a baby because they don't see the fetus as a baby. The basic question is when does a person whose rights must be protected begin. The maximalist pro-choice position is that it's at birth. The maximalist pro-life position is that it's at fertilization. Most people fall somewhere in between.
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Similar logic was used by democrats in the 18th and 19th centuries to justify keeping slavery legal. If you don't recognize someone as human, then it's easy to not treat them as human.
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