Thursday, May 28, 2009

Are Views on Abortion Changing?

I came across this article linked over at The Conservative Grapevine... It was so good I really wanted to reprint it verbatim. The article is addressing the latest Gallup poll that showed more Americans being pro-life than pro-choice. David Harsanyi's Denver Post article addresses his drift from (the dreaded) moral relativism to a conscience about a fetus. I can relate as I have vacillated over the past three years on my death penalty stance...

"...As an atheist and a secular kinda guy, I practice moral relativism regularly. Still, I've always struggled mightily with the ethics and politics of abortion. Apparently, I'm not alone.

A new Gallup poll claims that for the first time since 1995, when the question was first asked by the organization, most Americans consider themselves to be "pro-life" rather than "pro-choice."

The straightforward question asked of participants was this: "With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?" Fifty-one percent responded that they were pro-life and 42 percent said they were pro-choice. These percentages are the reverse found in the same poll in 2006.

What happened? Is it possible that the nation has undergone a gigantic attitudinal shift on the fundamental issue of abortion in only three years' time? Logically, it seems that the entire framing of the debate has become antiquated and far too simplistic for the questions we face. Anecdotally, I would say it's possible.

I know I've changed my views.

After a life of being pro-choice, I began to seriously ponder the question. I oppose the death penalty because there is a slim chance that an innocent person might be executed and I don't believe the state should have the authority to take a citizen's life. So don't I owe an nascent human life at least the same deference? Just in case?" (Read the rest of the article!!)

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