Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
More Americans describe themselves as “pro-life” on abortion (51%) than “pro-choice” (42%) for the first time since Gallup Poll began asking the question in 1995. So says this Gallup story.
Everyone seems to be embracing the “pro-life” name:
1. Conservatives are more pro-life than they were
2. “Moderates” are more pro-life than they were
3. Republicans are more pro-life than they were
4. Catholics are more pro-life than they were
5. Protestants are more pro-life than they were
... and 6. There’s not much gender gap on the question.
And Gallup notes what we noted last week about other political pro-life trends: http://www.ncregister.com/daily/pro-life_voter_spike
They didn’t note what we have explained before: We have known for years that people are mostly pro-life.
The story suggests a couple of reasons, though, for why the “pro-life” name is gaining in popularity. Either Obama’s extreme abortion agenda is scaring people into being pro-life, or he is redefining what “pro-choice” means in such a way that people are realizing that’s not them.
It could be that. Or it could be that people are getting sick of seeing women driven to despair and children killed ....