Will Presidential Candidates listen to Americans on abortion?
by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/27/2011
Martinsburg, WV – as election campaigns heat up and races get more focused there will be a narrowing of issues leading back to some of the main concerns Americans continue to have. For conservatives – Republican and Democrat alike – one issue where common ground is found is on the issue of abortion. More than once surveys have shown broad bi-partisan support for limiting abortion and a recent CNN Poll is no different.
This new CNN Poll concludes, nearly the same as an earlier Gallup Poll did, that nearly two-thirds (62%) of Americans want to see a majority of abortions made illegal. It would be hard to argue that the findings reflect only Republican or even conservative American opinion. The issue of abortion has taken on a political position all its own as both Democrats and Republicans are tired to seeing innocent children killed and millions of dollars wasted in the form of Planned Parenthood and other abortion business funding.
Consider these findings from the CNN Poll:
*The survey found 25 percent of Americans want all abortions legal while 21 percent want all abortions illegal, and it had a large group of 53 percent of Americans saying abortions should be legal only under certain circumstances.
*In total, 62 percent of Americans want all or most abortions to be prohibited while only 37 percent of Americans want all or most abortions kept legal — the position of President Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.
I’m still trying to figure out why our president has chosen to take sides with the minority of Americans in supporting abortion rather than listening to a very large majority – most of whom will be voting in 2012 – and make all or most abortion illegal. I believe it was then candidate Obama who said abortion should be “rare.” Most believe he was referring to instances of incest, rape and the mother’s life. Well, according to recent findings those instances make up “less than two percent of all abortions.”
“However, with a large percentage of Americans opposing abortions except in cases such as taking of the life of the mother, or cases of rape or incest — both of which, combined, constitute less than two percent of all abortions in the nation, according to the Guttmacher Institute — most Americans truly want 100% of 98 percent of the 1.2 million abortions a year made illegal.”
So why has our president continued to be the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history? The only logical answer, based on his approval numbers and desperate need for public support at this time, is money. Don’t forget that abortion is a billion dollar industry and politicians that support it, i.e. funnel our tax money into the industry at record amounts, will be rewarded handsomely by the perpetrators of death. President Obama will no doubt be handsomely rewarded.
And yes, it would seem Republicans support life more than Independents of Democrats, according to the poll. But there is no denying that making most abortions, with some exceptions, illegal has broad bi-partisan support among Americans. And there is certainly no denying that most Americans don’t want their tax dollars used to fund abortion.
“Republicans are considerably more pro-life on abortion than independents or Democrats, with 79 percent of them saying they want all or almost all abortions prohibited, whereas 60 percent of independents take that position and 44 percent of Democrats agreeing.”
These numbers don’t reflect a massive split on the issue, but rather an ever-narrowing margin between parties that is sure to find greater bi-partisan support as years pass. For this reason it should be a priority among any presidential candidate to seek an end to abortion and affirm life in the America.
With plunging approval numbers president Obama seems poised to be upset by a pro-life candidate, perhaps Perry, or Romney, or another candidate. Regardless of who runs against Obama in 2012 let’s make sure the candidate is pro-life and refuses to bend on the issue.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.