Abortion

Why Americans are More Anti-Abortion, er, Pro-Life

| by Jill Stanek

There's not much else to call the following post by Megan Carpentier at Jezebel than stupid.

Trying to explain why a new Gallup poll shows the pro-life trend in America is the "new normal," Carpentier appeared to suggest the uptick is only due to Gallup suddenly referring to us anti-abortionists by the more friendly term, "pro-life":

The problem is, of course, Gallup has been using the same phraseology since it began asking the question in 1995, as it stated last year when the phenomenon 1st emerged: "This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995."

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Anyone with a cursory knowledge of polling would understand that to change a question asked over a long haul would corrupt its findings.

Furthermore, to get the most honest answers, Gallup smartly determined at the onset to call each of our groups by our preferred nomenclature.

Finally, how does Carpentier account for the big drop in abortion support after 1995, then the slow pro-abortion recovery beginning in 2001, before another big drop in 2009? Is she suggesting Gallup changes and unchanges the poll question verbiage every 1 to 8 years?

Furthermore, as far as MSM like the Associated Press is concerned, which Carpentier quoted as the way things outta be, the terminology remains the same, actually skewed in favor of pro-aborts. (They support a "right," we oppose it.)

In fact, MSM pockets still calling us "pro-life" are being winnowed down, as NPR's recent decision demonstrates.

I've heard a lot of excuses from the other side explaining away the new pro-life majority in America, but Carpentier's has to be the dullest and sloppiest.