Tuesday’s Gallup poll results from May 3–6, show that 50% of citizens label themselves as “pro-life,” as compared with a new low of 41% calling themselves “pro-choice.” (see NRLC analysis here) Other Gallup questions attempt to further characterize abortion positions:
- 20% of Americans said abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances,”
- 39% said that it should be “legal only in a few circumstances,”
- 13% said it should be “legal under most circumstances,” and
- 25% said it should be “legal under all circumstances.”
However, the polling questions don’t specify which abortions are not supported by the 13% who want to be distinguished from the group of 25% accepting all abortions.
Other than representing a convenient construct on the pollsters’ continuum, we see no evidence of such a sector of opinion supporting “most, but not all” abortions. Certainly, the Kansas mainstream media does not belong to this group, as they never recommend even qualified support for any abortion-restricting provision.
Supporters of “most, but not all” abortions never show up to testify about abortion-restricting measures at the Statehouse! We only hear from the all-abortion crowd, and they oppose every abortion restriction.
As an example, after an eight-year federal battle (more…)