What Does the Pro-Life Label Mean?
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Exactly what does "pro-life" mean? That's the main question I have after reading the latest Gallup numbers on the proportion of Americans who call themselves pro-life.
Three months ago, for the first time since since Gallup began asking this question in 1995, a majority of Americans (52 percent) called themselves pro-life, according to the quarterly Gallup survey. It was the cause of much celebration in the anti-abortion movement.
Today, Gallup's latest poll find that those numbers have balanced out--46 percent of adults Americans surveyed say they're pro-choice and 47 percent say they're pro-life.
As Mark Silk at Spiritual Politics points out, "pro-life" appears to mean different things to different people. But the reality is, as he points out, roughly 60 percent of Americans who call themselves pro-life believe that abortion should be legal in at least some circumstances.
Jacqueline L. Salmon
August 7, 2009; 5:04 PM ET
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