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

I’ve posted twice already on the new Gallup abortion poll numbers:

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 be legal in the first trimester.  Note that 26-27% of the “pro-life” group also believe aborting a “mentally impaired” or “physically impaired” child should be legal.

It’s because of this phenomenon (“pro-life” people taking “pro-choice” positions when it comes to law) that I made the comment in my book (and we make the same comment during JFA’s ADD Seminar), that the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” can’t tell you much in themselves.  You need to ask more questions of people to know what they themselves mean by it.  In my experience, the term “pro-life” sometimes means,

“I’m personally pro-life, but I can’t tell others what to do with their bodies.”  

It’s difficult, though, to distinguish that position from the classic pro-choice position that says,

“Regardless of how I feel about abortion personally, I believe we shouldn’t make laws against it. Women should be able to choose it.”

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