A new Gallup poll found that the number of Americans describing themselves as “pro-choice” has hit a record low of 41% (compared to 50% who call themselves “pro-life”).
- The amounts of Democrats describing themselves as “pro-choice” versus “pro-life” has remained relatively stable over the last year.
- Self-described “pro-life” Republicans have increased from 68% to 72%, while “pro-choice” Republicans have decreased from 28% to 22%. However the poll’s margin of error is +4%, making the increase in “pro-life” Republicans statistically insignificant.
- The change is more marked for independents: “pro-choice” Independents have decreased 6 percentage points while “pro-life” Independents have increased 10 percentage points.
Many past civil rights movements in this country, such as the move to end slavery or the fight for women’s suffrage, were deeply rooted in religious conviction. Such is the case with the pro-life movement. But with each of these movements there was a tipping point where Americans saw that one need not be a devoutly religious person to recognize the social justice issue at stake and to get behind the cause. This is happening with abortion in America.
Let’s hope so!