As an atheist and a secular kinda guy, I practice moral relativism regularly. Still, I’ve always struggled mightily with the ethics and politics of abortion. Apparently, I’m not alone.
A new Gallup poll claims that for the first time since 1995, when the question was first asked by the organization, most Americans consider themselves to be “pro-life” rather than “pro-choice.”
The straightforward question asked of participants was this: “With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?” Fifty-one percent responded that they were pro-life and 42 percent said they were pro-choice. These percentages are the reverse found in the same poll in 2006.
What happened? Is it possible that the nation has undergone a gigantic attitudinal shift on the fundamental issue of abortion in only three years’ time? Logically, it seems that the entire framing of the debate has become antiquated and far too simplistic for the questions we face. Anecdotally, I would say it’s possible.
I know I’ve changed my views.
Tip to the reader who sent me this interesting article, the rest of it is well worth reading.