Gallup Reports Shift Toward Life
Jim DalyJim Daly is president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
- 2012 Jun 15
Posted by Jim_Daly Jun 14, 2012
According to the Gallup polling organization more Americans are identifying themselves as “pro-life” and fewer as “pro-choice,” this year over last year.
The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as "pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.
To be fair, these statistics have been bouncing around over the last decade, but when you consider that 56% of Americans qualified themselves as “pro-choice” in 1996, the trajectory toward a majority support of life is encouraging.
I have long thought that in addition to having truth on our side when it comes to the subject of the sanctity of life, we also have science and technology. No longer can it be suggested that a pre-born baby is just a blob of tissue. The world can now see thanks to ultrasound imagery what we have long said, mainly that a baby begins to develop critical organs such as the brain, heart, lungs and spinal cord much earlier than originally thought.
After so many years and the loss of so many lives to the scourge of abortion, it’s easy to grow discouraged. It may seem at times like our culture has lost its way, but God has not lost control.
We must capitalize on these encouraging trends and continue our quest until every life is protected under law. Yes, it’s going to take time, but I’ve always appreciated the long-suffering perspective of Dr. Martin Luther King who once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
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