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Debunking Derisive Nonsense

by | Jun 4, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Like most of you, I have other things going Sunday morning which precludes watching the Sunday talk show. But CSPAN rebroadcasts them which allows me to catch up. I was listening to one program yesterday when a claque of pro-abortion Democrats mocked and derided “conservatives” Republicans who they insisted had turned “moderate” into a dirty word.

Since we’ve heard this derisive nonsense a million times before and will a million times more between now and November, let’s dig into that for just a moment.

First, as single-issue pro-lifers, our concern is not whether a candidate or an incumbent is “conservative” or “moderate.”  We want to know if he or she is pro-life or pro-abortion. We have supported—and will be delighted to continue to support truly pro-life Democrats, whether they are designated as conservative or moderate.

Second, it is true that the two parties have gone in opposite directions. Republicans are increasingly pro-life and Democrats pro-abortion. I would like to bring up an important point here that wasn’t explicit Sunday but often is stated as if it is an axiom: Republicans will “pay a price” for being pro-life. This simply isn’t true.

For starters, as we’ve discussed many times lately, the latest Gallup Poll showed the all-time lowest percentage of people self-identifying as “pro-choice.” How about Independents? Gallup reported, “[P]ro-lifers now outnumber pro-choicers among this important swing political group for only the second time since 2001, with the first occurring in 2009.”

Not only that, within the same poll (if you take the time to dig), you find that a total of 59% of respondents said abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances (39%) or illegal in all circumstances (20%). That compares with a total of 38% who said that abortion should be legal under any circumstances (25%), or under most circumstances (13%).

This swing took place (according to Gallup’s Lydia, Saad writes, while “Abortion has been the focal point of some prominent news stories in the past year,” including congressional efforts to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the controversy over  the Susan G. Komen for the Cure cancer foundation’s  back and forth involvement with PPFA, and the furious backlash against Obama’s mandate requiring religious institutions and individuals of conscience to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs and consciences.

In other words during a time when abortion has been a prominent issue in the news; when Republicans were supposedly waging an imaginary “war on women”; and at a time when reporters and commentators are ratcheting up their warning how pro-life Republicans will “pay the price,” more and more Americans identify as pro-life and fewer and fewer Americans  say they are pro-choice.

Worth keeping in mind the next time you hear how “conservatives” (code for pro-lifers) are “dragging down” the Republican Party.

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