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Americans’ Opinions on Abortion Holding Steady

Nearly 50-50 split in pro-life vs. pro-choice views

Influence Magazine on June 16, 2017

America’s abortion divide remains largely unchanged since last year, with half of U.S. adults saying the practice should be legal in certain circumstances and 30 percent maintaining it should be legal in all cases, according to a new Gallup poll. Just 18 percent say abortion should be outlawed without exception.

Nearly equal percentages of women and men say abortion is morally wrong (49 and 48 percent, respectively). Yet women are more likely than men to describe themselves as pro-choice (52 percent of women to 45 percent of men).

Overall, 49 percent of all U.S. adults identify as pro-choice, and 46 percent say they are pro-life. Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to consider themselves pro-life (61 percent vs. 26 percent) and say abortion is morally wrong (65 percent vs. 32 percent).

“For most Americans, the issue involves shades of gray, not black and white,” the Gallup report concludes.Americans’ ambivalence on abortion is also seen in the nearly 50-50 division in their self-identification as pro-choice vs. pro-life.”

The Assemblies of God position paper on the topic describes the Fellowship as “unashamedly pro-life.”

“Even though a United States Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in 1973, abortion is still immoral and sinful,” the document says. “This stand is founded on the biblical truth that all human life is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). From that truth issues the long-standing Christian view that aborting the life of a developing child is evil.


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