Saturday, October 20, 2007

Coming around, slowly

The latest CBS News poll found the following breakdown on when Americans want abortion to be legal:

  • 4% - Under no circumstances
  • 16% - To save the mother's life
  • 34% - Rape, incest, lfe of the mother
  • 16% - In all cases, but with more restrictions
  • 26% - In all cases

    Just to clarify for those of you who don't understand, opposing granting legal statud to "life of the mother" abortions doesn't mean that you want doctors prosecuted for good-faith abortions necessary to prevent the mother's death. It just means that you don't want there to be a legal loophole that unscrupulous abortionists take advantage of. A more thorough explanation is here.

    Along with the falling abortion rate, this is a good sign. It means only about a quarter of Americans approve of the status quo. But we still have a long way to go. The goal isn't to do with abortion what prohibition did with alcohol -- drive it underground. The goal is to do what the abolitionsists did with slavery -- make it unthinkable.

    We're getting there.
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