Edward White

A new Gallup poll brings encouraging news on the subject of abortion.  Fifty percent of American adults now define themselves as pro-life (up 5% from 2011), and 41% of American adults now define themselves as pro-choice (down 8% from 2011).

Gallupfirst started asking American adults how they define themselves on the abortion issue back in 1995.  At that time, 56% of American adults considered themselves pro-choice, whereas 33% of adults defined themselves as pro-life.  Clearly, over the past seventeen years, the trend in this country has been steadily moving toward the pro-life position and away from the pro-choice position, with the majority of American adults now considering themselves pro-life.

According to the poll, the decline in the pro-choice views of American adults runs across the three main political groups in this country:  Republican, Independent, and Democrat. 

Among Republicans and Independents, pro-lifers outnumber pro-choicers.  Seventy-two percent of Republicans consider themselves pro-life (up 4% from 2011) compared with 22% who consider themselves pro-choice (down 6% from 2011).  Forty-seven percent of Independents define themselves as pro-life (up 6% from 2011) compared with 41% who define themselves as pro-choice (down 10% from 2011).

Although pro-choice Democrats still outnumber pro-life Democrats, the percentage of pro-choice Democrats has dropped ten points in the last year, from 68% to 58%.  Pro-life Democrats currently make up 34% of the Party, which is a seven point increase over the same time period.

The upward pro-life trend in the country is not limited to older adults.  A 2010 Gallup poll illustrates that Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine have been moving in the pro-life direction.  In 2003, 40% of that age group considered themselves pro-life.  By 2010, that percentage had increased seven points to 47%.

I think there are short and long term reasons for the increase in the pro-life position over the past seventeen years since Gallup first starting polling on this matter.


Edward White

Edward White is an accomplished attorney with a 20-year legal career that includes extensive experience with federal law.