Saturday, May 16, 2009
Majority Of Americans Now ‘Pro-life,’ Poll Says
The Gallup group is releasing poll just ahead of Obama's scheduled commencement speech Sunday at the University of Notre Dame, where he also is to receive an honorary degree. Those plans by the Roman Catholic university have sparked a wave of protests by anti-abortion activists, who contend Notre Dame should not honor a such a prominent supporter of abortion rights.
Gallup said its new poll showed for the first time in 15 years an increase in the pro-life position across Christian religious affiliations, including an eight-point gain among Protestants and a seven-point gain among Catholics. It also reported a 10-point shift toward the pro-life category among Republicans but said there was no significant change among Democrats. 51 percent of Americans now call themselves "pro-life" rather than "pro-choice" on the issue of abortion.
"Ironically, Obama's radical abortion policies and nominees may have helped make America more pro-life," said Wendy Wright, president of the ultra right wing group, Concerned Women for America.
The Rev. Richard Land, president of the Anti Gay Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the poll findings demonstrate that the anti-abortion cause "is a vibrant, growing, youthful movement."
"We are winning the battle for hearts and minds in our culture on the life issue," he said.
May are speculating as to Gallops motive's for releasing this poll on the eve of Obama's address at the Catholic University of Notre Dame.