For the first time in the past 15 years that Gallup has been tracking the question, a majority of the American people have indicated that they are pro-life.
The Gallup poll released Friday also marks a massive shift from one year ago, when 50 percent of Americans called themselves pro-choice, and just 44 percent said they were pro-life. Today 42 percent say they are pro-choice, by far the lowest level of support for abortion ever measured by the Gallup poll.
Despite that change in opinion, most Americans still believe that abortion should remain legal. Yet Gallup reports that the new numbers come in stark contrast with the last four years, when polls found a strong tilt of public opinion in favor of unrestricted abortions, which is now declining.
Fifty-three percent say abortions should remain legal under certain circumstances, and nearly equal numbers take hard-line views — 23 percent say it should be illegal in all circumstances, and 22 percent say it should be legal no matter what.
What does this mean? It means that the pro-life message is gaining traction. It means that the efforts to educate people about what goes on inside the womb is working, and it also means that technology is having an effect.
No one that sees the face of their child on a 4D ultrasound can deny that it’s a baby in the womb—the “blob of tissue argument falls flat on its face”.
That there are a bunch of people that say that abortion should be legal in some circumstances does not take away from the gains, but points toward the change—and that some cannot deny that, at some point, there’s a new life that’s worth protecting in the womb.
The more this number changes, the more people that identify with the pro-life cause, the harder it will be to defend a pro-abortion stance and the more the radical “abortion no matter what” cause will be hard to defend.
I believe you’ll begin to see more nuance in those politicians looking to be middle of the road. When you see that, it’s not time to rest, but to keep pressing on for the win.