Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pro-Lifers Squirm at the Punishment Question…But Why? (Part V)

A few years ago, I posted a series of blogs on the question, “If abortion were made illegal, how would you recommend punishing women if they get an abortion?” Pro-Lifers Squirm at the Punishment Question…but Why? (8/7/07) (referring to this post by Anna Quindlen – my original post has an old link) Pro-Lifers Squirm…Part II […]

"Don’t Make Them Feel Guilty." Good advice?

Regarding women and men who have participated in abortion, I’ve heard some pro-life advocates say “Don’t make them feel guilty.” I think the sentiment that’s usually behind this statement is helpful, but I think it can be easily misunderstood when it’s expressed this way. There are two possible meanings of “Don’t make them feel guilty.” […]

35% of "Pro-Lifers" Say Abortion Should Be Legal?

I’ve posted twice already on the new Gallup abortion poll numbers: Gallup Focuses on Common Ground 71% Say Abortion Should NOT Be Legal… Here’s another thought.  Look at Gallup’s summary of the data (see the second table here): David Lee brought one of the numbers to my attention: 35% of self-proclaimed pro-lifers believe abortion should […]

71% Say Abortion Should NOT Be Legal…

…in the second trimester, according to Gallup’s 2011 poll.  (See Page 11, Question 21.) (68% said abortion should be illegal in the second trimester in Gallup’s 2003 poll). 86% say abortion should not be legal in the third trimester (compared to 84% in Gallup’s 2003 poll). Gallup also found some interesting common ground on certain reasons for […]

Gallup Focuses on Common Ground

Last week, Gallup released the data from a new poll on abortion.  Here’s their summary.  Thankfully, they focused on specific reasons for abortion and/or specific times when abortions are performed.  And, predictably, this polling approach revealed a great deal of common ground. I say, predictably, because this is what Gallup has found in the past […]

"By the Reasons Which They Have Themselves Discovered"

“People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.”  – Blaise Pascal, Pensees, #10