Gallup Poll: Only 41% of Americans Are “Pro-Choice”

While opinion polls are always changing (and sometimes misleading), a recent Gallup poll of American views on abortion has sparked widespread conversation. Owen Strachan considers the significance of the poll and argues that the fight against abortion is worth continuing:

All the campus pro-life groups and silent protests and counseling at abortion clinics and legislative action and making of films like Bella and careful appointment of pro-life justices and, most importantly, prayer, has all been worth it.  This is not to say that abortion is now illegal.  It is not.  But it seems that gains are being made.

This is a pretty strong counter to the rhetoric making its way around evangelicalism that politics don’t really matter, that evangelicals should be neither blue nor red when it comes to social policy, that earthly causes aren’t really worth fighting, that the pro-life cause is really about power and domination and winning the “war.”  For most Christians, fighting abortion is not about power.  It is not about personally inaugurating Christ’s kingdom.  It is about speaking up for the least of these in a profoundly Christocentric way.  Psalm 139 matters; the fight for righteousness mapped out in the Beatitudes matters (Matthew 5).

Check out the rest of the piece here.

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2 Responses to Gallup Poll: Only 41% of Americans Are “Pro-Choice”

  1. Kirk Spencer says:

    Reversals just after 2001 and 2008. The trauma of the Fall of the World Trade Center and the Economic Collapse turns us toward God which changes our perspective (at least for a while)? And the strange blip in late 1997 is also interesting… Maybe a radical feminist flip with the death of the Princess? Nah…

  2. owenstrachan says:

    Appreciate the linkage on this very fine blog. We have a great deal of ground yet to cover in the fight for life, but cultural shifts like that described in the Politico piece do matter, I think.

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