Watching cable news and reading social media can often leave one with the impression that Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of abortion. A new Gallup poll suggests there’s more than meets the eye.
According to new Gallup polls this week, more than half of all Americans believe that abortion should be illegal in all or most situations.
From May 1-10 Gallup ran their annual Values and Beliefs poll, where they found that a majority of Americans believed that pornography and polygamy are morally right, but surprisingly a majority stated that they believe abortion is morally wrong.
Abortion has been a hot-button topic for decades and remains to be one of the biggest single issues that Americans vote on. Just recently, Iowa passed a new law that makes it illegal to have an abortion once a doctor can detect a heartbeat, which happens early on in a pregnancy.
Unfortunately, the law is on hold, due to a legal challenge. Arkansas also recently implemented a ban on abortion pills, which was held up by the U.S. Supreme Court,
The Gallup poll detailed that 53% of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in all or most situations, while a much lesser amount, only 43%, believe abortion should be legal in all or most situations.
This poll shows that the heavy push we see to legalize abortion by the media might be at odds with the majority of the population.
The Gallup polls also ran a separate question in the survey, where they asked whether or not abortion is “morally acceptable or morally wrong.” 48% of Americans stated they believe it is wrong, while 43% said they did not.
Still, these numbers are bringing pro-lifers hope the culture could be moving, slowly, in a direction of reversing some pro-choice laws.
Just recently, John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, signed a ban on terminations after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This is one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the country, and is surprising because Edwards is a democrat.
“We thank all pro-life lawmakers in Louisiana — especially pro-life Democrats like Governor Edwards and State Senator [John] Milkovich (D) for passing this legislation. They followed through on their pro-life principles and united across party lines to protect unborn children,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, as reported by National Review. “Louisiana is leading the way in the bipartisan effort to bring our nation’s laws into line with basic human decency.”
Edwards efforts show that the topic of abortion can be a bipartisan issue.
Let’s hope and pray more elected officials take steps to eradicate abortion like Edwards is doing.