More Americans Are Pro-Life Than Pro-Choice, For The First Time In Poll's History

Jillian Bandes
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Posted: May 15, 2009 9:57 AM
Gallup has been doing an annual survey of Values and Beliefs among Americans since 1995. The survey released yesterday held that more Americans considered themselves anti-abortion (51%) than pro-abortion (42%) -- a notable difference from a year ago, when 44% were anti-abortion and 50% were pro-abortion.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List, was not surprised at the results; there have been strong anti-abortion trends since the early 90's. What is interesting, she said, is the labeling.
This is the "pro-choice" wording that was market tested by the pro-abortion movement. They put a lot of money into finding the right phrase, and they came up with a fabulous phrase. And it worked for them. But its taken a while for folks to figure out what pro-choice really means. We’re not talking about vanilla and chocolate.
The fact that Americans would come out "against choice" shows how strongly they feel about the procedure.