Continuing a fairly remarkable trend over the past 17 years, the latest survey from Gallup — a very reputable company — found that 50 per cent of Americans consider themselves to be pro-life, while just 41 per cent say they are pro-choice. That has reversed the “balance of power” since 2009, when pro-choice Americans outnumbered pro-lifers 49-45.
Since 1995, though, coincidentally the year I moved to the United States, the trend has been even more drastic. In that year, pro-choice Americans outnumbered pro-life Americans 56 per cent to 33.
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, said that the results are “the tip of the iceberg.”
“In fact, a growing number of Americans are uneasy with the unfettered, under-regulated and unsavory abortion industry as it exists today,” she said May 23.
She pointed to surveys showing that 7 in 10 Americans do not want tax dollars to fund abortion. She said there is “tremendous support for commonsense limits on abortion” such as limits on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
And this doesn’t seem to be an American phenomenon only. A recent pro-life rally in Canada drew a massive turnout and the first March for Life was recently held in Rome, attracting a respectable attendance. So many of us are praying and hoping that people will continue to recognise abortion for what it is — the greatest human rights violation certainly since World War II; maybe longer, maybe ever.
It appears some of those prayers are being answered, but our enemy in this fight is determined and well funded, so we will need to continue to pray and tap into people’s moral compass in convincing them of the horror of abortion.