Thursday, September 30, 2010

40 Days, and an interesting statistic

Do you remember when the MSM used to sneak in the phrase "America's pro-choice majority..." into their copy?

I do. But I haven't seen that phrase recently, and this may be why:
In May 2009, for the first time in 15 years since it was first conducted, a Gallup poll reported that more Americans were opposed to abortion than supported it. The trend has held. In four polls running in the last 15 months (May 2009, July 2009, May 2010, July 2010) more Americans call themselves pro-life than pro-abortion (or “pro-choice”). The latest poll (July 17-19, 2010 interviewing 1,006 people aged over 18) shows 47 percent pro-life against 46 percent pro-choice. Pro-choice lobbyists were dismayed, and declared that they had to educate young people about their cause. “Numbers can be shocking," said Kierra Johnson, executive director of Choice USA, "especially numbers that show a sizable drop in young people’s support for legal abortion under any circumstance." [All links in original--E.M.]
America doesn't have a "pro-choice majority" any more. However, since the MSM quite likely still does have an overwhelmingly pro-abortion majority, they're not about to start using the phrase, "America's pro-life majority," the way they used to use that other phrase.

Because, you know, they're so very objective on abortion.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

I'm sorry, but I have to rain on your parade just a little, in the same manner I have joined you part-way in raining on NARAL's parade at times.

A few years ago, two young ladies at my (Protestant) church returned from a week-end retreat, highly enthused about a hand-made petition asking Congress to outlaw abortion. I have known them since they were very small, I am close to both of their families. I sat down and carefully explained that all Congress could do, if it outlawed abortion, would be to send women to prison, and doctors too, and I don't support that.

I suspect if a few extra questions were asked, a slim majority opposed abortion, but would recoil at criminal penalties. That amounts to continued support for the framework of Roe v. Wade, and within that framework, popularity of an intelligent question Gerard Nadal once posed, "What if they built an abortion clinic and nobody came?"

Before Roe, the pro-choice campaign had all the horror stories, the women who died in back-alley "clinics" with coat hangers stuck into them. Those were real, and frequent events. Now, the pro-life crowd has the horror stories - the abortions are performed by licensed doctors in sterile surroundings, but there are those tiny arms and legs...

Both real. Both horrifying. If a few doctors were hung from lamp posts by a vigilante mob, the polls would swing ten or fifteen points the other way. Public opinion is like that. I don't think Kierra Johnson is going to reach young people they way she'd like to. But still, I know of more than one young lady who said she could NEVER have an abortion but she supports the right of a woman to make her own choice... and then found herself pregnant, and promptly got an abortion.

It should be rare. It should be legal. It should be decided by an individual woman and her regular primary care physician. That is, as soon as every woman has a primary care physician. The specialty clinics should wither on the vine for lack of business. How could anyone SPECIALIZE in abortion?

L. said...

I looked at the link.

It's true that a mjority identify themselves as "pro-life," but if you scroll down, you see that an even larger percentage think abortion should be "legal in some circumstances." They vastly outnumer those who believe abortion should be "illegal in all circumstances."

As far as I understand in, someone who calls themselvs "pro-life" and yet thinks abortion should be "legal in some circumstances" isn't really "pro-life."

(Full disclosure: I am working as an MSM reporter.)

priest's wife said...

Personally- if abortion were outlawed- I think that the women shouldn't be touched- the doctors doing hatm should be prosecuted

L. said...

Priest's wife, why do you think that? You don't believe that women who seek abortions aren't criminally liable themselves? Some of them certainly know exactly what they are doing, and aren't coerced.

I don't see how it would be possible to criminalize abortion -- if indeed it is murdering the unborn -- without prosecuting the women as murderers, or at least as accessories to the killing.