In an essentially meaningless finding, the Gallup Poll found that more than half of Americans are pro-life. What does this mean practically? Absolutely nothing. So, why bother posting on such an insignificant result? Answer: to show that labels are almost worthless to reflect actual values.
Apparently, both liberals and conservatives may claim victory and both analyze the same poll but reach a completely diametric conclusion as to its implications. Conservatives, on one hand, can claim this is a societal trend which perhaps will herald the beginning of the end of King – President Obama. Given that Obama has begun to open up the fiscal flood gates gates to fund abortion, perhaps the only thing standing between him and the Freedom of Choice Act is public opinion. As long as the public opinion is more against the Act than for it, the legislation may not advance.
On the other hand though, liberals can find this poll comforting as well. After all, the concept of “pro-life” is being redefined (or “changed” as Obama might call it). How is it that after lifting the abortion funding ban (Mexico City Policy) that more citizens are hopping over to Obama’s side of the fence? Like anything, the more a substance is diluted, the less potent it becomes. Such it is with the concept of “pro-life”. I posit that the new definition of “pro-life” merely denotes an idealistic, abstract conception of life – much akin to the non-combative, “I don’t believe in abortion personally, but I don’t impose my viewpoint on others” mentality.
I’d like to believe that this Gallup Poll represents a precursor of the changing attitude in America. I would also like to believe that the moral decline in America, especially on such a basic issue of life will rebound beginning now. But the cynic in me holds otherwise.