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A Majority of Americans Call Themselves "Pro-Life" on Abortion

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A Gallup Poll released on May 15 revealed that a majority of American adults are now calling themselves "pro-life" on abortion for the first time since this Gallup Poll started asking that question in 1995.

These findings were reported in The Boston Globe. The survey found that 51 percent of Americans are anti-choice and 42 percent are pro-choice. In the past, the highest percentage of Americans who called themselves "pro-life" was 46 percent.

So, according to this poll, are Americans actually beginning to turn their backs on a woman's right to choose, or is there something wrong with this poll? Either way, one cannot put an extraordinary amount of faith in any survey - there is always room for healthy skepticisim.

As long as women have the legal right to reproductive choice and can exercise that right in a safe and secure way, those who are against abortion should not be given an excessive amount of importance, as long as they do not place obstacles in the path of a woman who wants to have an abortion, or in the path of those who provide the abortion.

Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, as long as those beliefs do not infringe upon what a woman decides to do with her body.

I think that the next Gallup Poll should consist of a survey on how many people think that all children in this country are entitled to good and decent healthcare, no matter how little their parents may earn. One of the questions should be, "Do you think healthcare is a right or a privilege?"

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Dear Anonymous,
In my original post I stated that those who are against abortion are entitled to their beliefs. That does not represent an intolerant view as you claim I have, nor does it represent a non-acceptance of anyone with opposing views, as you also maintain I have.In actuality it is a tolerant stance, devoid of all the high emotion and occasional anger that I have seen in some of those who disagree with my pro-choice position. I have not attacked anyone with opposing views; please don't confuse a defense of my views as an attack on those with opposite views.

July 21, 2009 - 7:47am

Dear Anoymous,
A woman exercising her reproductive right to terminate her pregnancy or give birth, cannot be equated with a burglar's right to rob or a murderer's right to kill. You are demonstrating an extremist view by equating them. I did not say that everyone should live in peace no matter what they do, because it is their choice to make.
Those of us who are pro-choice do not attempt to tell the so called pro-lifers what to do with their bodies. Please do not tell us what to do with ours.
I hope that the caring you demonstrate for human beings is somehow manifested in volunteer work or perhaps donations.

July 20, 2009 - 1:25pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anna Portela)

You've claimed in some of your previous posts that you have the right to free speech; yet you attack those of us who excercise the same right.

You also claim in your response to be "live and let live" but you're response is then dripping with a condecending attitude.

YOU are intolerant. I can accept women who have had abortions just fine. But you cannot accept anyone with opposing views.

Those who disagree with you are not automatically your enemy. And by the way, I do plenty for my country and community.... And shockingly it doesn't revolve around pro-life or religious beliefs. GASP! I'm a normal person! Who'da thunk it?

July 20, 2009 - 9:39pm
EmpowHER Guest

You are pullng the same stereotypical mindset as those who are against all muslims verses just the extremists. I am prolife but would never terrorize someone who chose to have an abortion, nor would I attempt to murder someone for this cause. EVERY cause has it's extremists, however one should judge the entire group based on a very, very small minority.
Furthermore, are you against burglary, or how bout murder? Should you allow those who commit these crimes to "live in peace" because it "was there choice to make". We are prolife because we believe a life, a true and ligitimate human being is being killed.

July 20, 2009 - 12:04pm

I never said that those who are against abortion are absolute loons. I believe that it is up to a woman to make decisions regarding whether or not she chooses to have a baby; it is not up to another individual, a group of people, or the state to make that decision for her.People who are against abortion do not have the right to impose their beliefs, or their will on others. They certainly do not have the right to terrorize women entering an abortion clinic or to make death threats against abortion providers and their families. As we know, the extremists among the so called pro-lifers have murdered doctors who perform abortions; Dr. Tiller was the latest victim. If one doesn't believe in abortion, then don't have one, and continure to live your life whilst letting others live in peace. I find it ironic that you are frightened by my views, considering that all the terrorism and violence regarding abortion has come from the so called pro-life movement. We don't have to all agree, but we should try to live in harmony with our differences.

June 30, 2009 - 9:46am
EmpowHER Guest

I agree the way she presented her views came across slightly extreme... but then again so do you. I find it odd those who preach against intolerance are those who are most intolerant. You simply cast aside a poll stating the majority of American's are prolife and consider those of us who believe life begins at conception to be absolute loons. We have valid points which have formed our opinions and should not be cast aside as freaks.
Your views, to be honest, frighten me a bit. I believe in womens rights... but not the right to abort a baby. And I don't agree with belittling those whose beliefs do not match mine. You seem like a very intelligent woman, however we do agree on abortion and many other policies as I'm a conservative...
And that doesn't make me crazy.

June 30, 2009 - 8:38am

Dr. Tiller was not a "paid assassin." He was a caring, compassionate man who provided women with abortions. All of us who believe in a woman's right to make reproductive choices about her body mourn his death. He was most courageous, and he died by what I and others consider to be an act of terrorism. The extremist, vitriolic views you demonstrate are frightening and dangerous. Namaste.

June 24, 2009 - 7:36am
EmpowHER Guest

Dr. Tiller was a paid assassin, and so it doesn't surprise me that so many people on the left supported him, even though he killed many people and was an abomination in the eyes of the God who he claimed to serve. But I wouldn't be expecting any person, who is willingly ignorant, to understand that fact! Saying someone who is pro-life, who is supporting the defence of the most helpless defenceless and innocent among us (which is the unborn), is anti-choice is just trying to label them in order to marginalize them; but, the pro-life side is the side that God is on! It's the right side of the issue; but you, obviously, have chosen to take the other. Bad choice!

And, with that, this site get a thumbs down and blocked on my Stumble!
Have a nice day in your land of make believe!

June 24, 2009 - 12:46am
EmpowHER Guest

Thought this was a good site until your article. I believe both sides of every view should always be given importance.

June 11, 2009 - 9:59am
(reply to Anonymous)

I speak from my personal beliefs and insights. I do not intend to present the views or ideological stance of those who are against women's reproductive choice, as I am assuming you are. By the way I have posted more blogs on this subject, including information about the recent murder of abortion provider, Dr. Tiller, while he was in church.

June 11, 2009 - 1:06pm
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