I feel like singing a round of the Hallelujah chorus right now!!Â Wait until you see these results from a recent Gallup poll, published on May 23rd of this yearâ€¦
Number of respondents: 1, 018
Question: Do you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?
Results: 49% answered pro-choice;Â 42% answered pro-life;Â 7% answered noncommittal
Question: â€œDo you think abortions should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances, or illegal in all circumstances?â€
Results: 27% answered legal under any circumstances;Â 10 % answered legal in most circumstances;Â 39% answered legal only under a few circumstances;Â 22% answered illegal in all circumstances
The 22 percent who said it should be illegal in â€œall circumstancesâ€ and the 39 percent who said it should be legal in â€œonly a few circumstancesâ€ equal a majority of 61 percent who believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.
To quote from the Gallup report:
Because only 49 percent said they were â€œpro-choice,â€ and another 7 percent declined to describe themselves as either pro-choice or pro-life, the poll numbers indicate that at least some of those who described themselves as â€œpro-choiceâ€ must also have been among the 61 percent who said they believed abortion should either be illegal in all circumstances or legal only in a few circumstances. (emphasis mine)
The Gallup poll also proceeded to ask these questionsâ€¦.
Question: Do you believe abortion to be morally acceptable or morally wrong? (Morally right was not included as an option).
Results: 39% answered morally acceptable
51% answered morally wrong
Of the 51% who answered morally wrong, 53% were in the 18-34 year-old age bracket, 48% were in 35-54 year-old age bracket, and 51% were in the age bracket of 55 years and older.
This means that for the first time in many years, the percentage of the respondents in the youngest age bracket (18-34 years old) who believe abortion to be morally wrong was greater than the percentages in any other group, with a very respectable 24% of this age group saying that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
In this crazy mixed up society of ours, where so many subtle mechanisms are used to undermine the worth and value of life itself, it is encouraging to see these kinds of results.
Itâ€™s brought joy to my day today and I hope it brings joy to others as well.