According to a Gallup poll that was released on Friday, May 29th, the majority of Americans seem to be pro-choice lately, which is a great change considering their worldwide pro-life reputation.
The legality of abortion has always been a widely debated matter for Americans, that has implicated a multitude of personal moral factors, as well as an unyielding religious factor, that has constituted the firm basis of the pro-life argumentation.
Back in 1995, when Gallup began conducting polls on the matter of abortion, it seems that only a 30% minority seemed to have a pro-choice stand. The vast majority of Americans were firm believers of the pro-life movement who have continuously made it very clear that abortion is not something that the American people will stand for.
And endless chain of protests has been carried out along the years both by the God-fearing pro-life adepts, that were so determined to impose their views on abortion on every American citizen, and by the representatives of the pro-choice minority who wanted to defend their right to have a say on the matter.
The situation got to the point where doctors who were performing abortions were continuously harassed and persecuted, and some of them even got killed, all in the name of imposing an absolute nationwide ban on abortion.
This is why, the 2015 Gallup poll results have constituted such a massive surprise, with 50% of Americans opting for a pro-choice stance on the matter of abortion, which is an all time record, because they now constitute the majority.
Only 40% of Americans have declared themselves to be pro-life, and it is believed that there is a political explanation to this situation. According to Gallup’s findings, Democrats are twice as likely to take on a pro-choice position, then Republicans are.
Furthermore, there is a majority of people that in fact do not identify to the two extreme labels of pro-life and pro-choice, as they believe that the circumstances that lead to the decision of abortion have enormous weight in the legality and the morality of the act.
And so, it appears that only 19% of Americans believe that abortion should be made illegal “in all circumstances”, while 29% that it should be legal “under any circumstance” and 13% believe that abortion should be legal “in most circumstances”.
Despite the fact that 36% seemed to consider that it would be best if abortion was legal ” in only a few circumstances”, there is still a pro-choice majority on the matter.
However, these ramifications of the two labels consist the very start point of communication between pro-life and pro-choice adepts, because the circumstances of abortion do matter and they do convey the most important information that lead to a woman’s decision of having an abortion.
Although the issue of abortion remains one of the most intricate matters that Americans are faced with, this shift in opinion, alongside the layers that have begun to be added to the issue, constitute the basis of a healthy change that it will be subjected to.
This is why, the candidates’ views on abortion will constitute a important factor in the American people’s decision process regarding the 2016 presidential election.
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