Americans United for Life on Gallup poll – The Media Has It Wrong on Abortion

The Media Has It Wrong:
Majority of Americans “reluctant” about abortion and ready to support restrictions on the abortion industry


A 2011 Gallup poll released this week caused quite a media stir. For the first time in recent years, Americans identifying themselves as “pro-choice” slightly outnumbered those who consider themselves pro-life. But a closer reading of the data reveals why the abortion lobby’s spin of the data is actually misinformation.

The report concluded, “Majorities of Americans indicate some reluctance about abortion on both moral and legal grounds.” In fact, the report indicated broad support for restricted abortion.

Key findings included facts such as:

  • 51 percent of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong while only 39 percent believe it is morally acceptable.
  • 60 percent of political Independents are evenly divided on the moral correctness of abortion, but tilt “fairly strongly toward restrictive abortion laws.” In fact, 60 percent of Independents believe abortion should be legal in “few or no circumstances.”
  • 61 percent of all Americans believe that abortion should be legal in “only a few circumstances or no circumstances” while only 37 percent want abortion legal “in all or most circumstances.”

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest observed that this study debunked a huge myth promulgated by the abortion industry.

“The American people support regulations and common sense checks and balances to protect women and girls’ lives, and to respect the life in the womb,” noted Dr. Yoest. “With 61 percent of the American people hoping for life affirming policy, AUL looks forward to partnering with them.”

To read the entire poll, go here.

To read common sense regulations of the abortion industry, check out AUL’s model legislation.

For further commentary on this, read AUL’s analysis here

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