Charlotte, NC (LifeNews.com) -- In an address to hundreds of pro-life advocates at the National Right to Life convention, NRLC director David O’Steen said post-election polling showed a pro-life advantage on abortion still exists despite the election of pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Polling data from the Polling Company firm showed that anywhere from a 1.9 percent to 3.4 percent pro-life advantage on the issue of abortion in terms of what percentage of voters who voted based on abortion supported the pro-life candidate over the pro-abortion candidate. O’Steen said that margin continued in 2008 but noted that more people cast votes based on other issues. The survey found 5 percent of Americans in 2008 said abortion was the single most important issue but it found the economy was an overriding concern with 34 percent of Americans saying that was their top issue. Though the figure sounds low, the 5 percent who voted based on abortion was higher than the percentage of those who voted on several other political issues, including health care. Though some analysts may say the pro-life agenda is dead because Obama won, “It was simply the economy and the crash of October” that drove the results of the elections, O’Steen said. When looking at voters who cast votes based on the abortion issue, 4.6 percent of voters supported John McCain over Barack Obama. That means by a margin of 9-1 abortion voters split in favor of McCain, who ran as a pro-life candidate, over the abortion advocate Barack Obama. At the same time, of the 34 percent of voters who voted based on the economy, Obama won them 24-10 percent. “What is encouraging is that our hardest core base helped and, even in these difficult economic times, our pro-life base is there,” O’Steen said. “We’re not going to win every election, but we are going to win future elections. It’s looks dark right now with Barack Obama for the pro-life movement, but I see some buyers remorse and I remain unshaken in my faith that pro-life people will continue to save lives.”
Charlotte, NC (LifeNews.com) -- Given all of the pro-abortion actions President Barack Obama has taken and his promotion of embryonic stem cell research, did pro-life advocates make a difference in the 2008 elections? What is the future of the pro-life movement politically? David O’Steen, the executive director of the National Right to Life Committee shared date and gave hope to hundreds of pro-life advocates at the annual NRLC convention. O’Steen said that Roe v. Wade will eventually be overturned because it stands contrary to the laws of God and the moral values of most Americans. In the near term, O’Steen highlighted polling data showing a pro-life country. In a survey conducted by the Polling Company for NRLC in the days after the election, 53 percent of Americans took a pro-life position opposing all or most abortions while just 41 percent of Americans back a position favoring legal abortions in part or all of pregnancy. The survey found just 6 percent share the position of President Obama allowing abortion for any reason at any time during pregnancy. O’Steen noted the recent Gallup poll showing more Americans call themselves pro-life than at any point in 15 years, with 51 percent saying they are pro-life and just 42 percent saying they are “pro-choice” on abortion. He believes that the shift to the pro-life direction is a result of Obama’s extreme pro-abortion record, including using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion and embryonic stem cell research, and that that record has gotten more play in the press than some may have expected. He noted that a Gallup poll found 59 percent of Americans opposed his decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy and allow taxpayer funding of groups that promote or perform abortions in other nations. O’Steen also says he believes the “pro-choice rhetoric is breaking down a little bit” because people are seeing how those who say they are pro-choice are routinely promoting abortion.
New CBS News Poll Finds Majority Wants Abortion Not Permitted of With More Limits
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new CBS News poll finds a majority of Americans wants abortion not to be permitted or only allowed with more limits. Just over one-third of Americans said that abortion should be generally available. The survey of hundreds of Americans across the country found 21 percent said abortion should not be permitted and another 41 percent want more limits on abortion. That 62 percent is nearly double the 36 percent who say they believe abortion should be generally available. Republicans are more likely to not want abortions allowed or want more limits with 36 percent saying it should not be permitted, 43 percent wanting more limits on it and just 18 percent saying it should be available. Democrats were more likely to take a pro-abortion position but still a majority said they wanted abortion not permitted (13 percent) or more limited (39 percent) and 47 percent said abortion should be generally available. Independents tracked closely with the poll results. Meanwhile, the CBS News poll asked respondents if Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy, was a “good thing or bad thing.” The polling question did not describe the full ramifications of the high court decision, merely saying that it gave women the legal right to have an abortion. Some 62 percent of Americans said that was a good thing while 32 percent said it was a bad thing and six percent said either both or that they had no opinion. Republicans opposed Roe on a 50-41 percent margin, Democrats said it was a good thing by a 74-21 percent clip and independents said roe was good b 63-30 percent. The CBS News survey found 29 percent want roe overturned whiled 64 percent do not. Republicans back overturning Roe by a 47-45 percent margin, Democrats want it retained by a 71-23 percent clip and independents want it retained by a 68-25 percent margin.
Canada Supreme Court Won’t Take Case Challenging Bubble Zones Around Abortion CentersOttawa, Canada (LifeNews.com) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that it will not hear a lawsuit from a man who says the anti-protest bubble zones outside abortion centers are an unconstitutional violation of the free speech rights of pro-life advocates. Donald David Spratt had hoped to overturn the Access to Abortion Services Act, which makes it a crime to protest or interfere with a woman or abortion practitioner within the “bubble zone” outside an abortion center. The Supreme Court offered no reasons for taking the case from a lower court although it typically does not delineate why it fails to take a certain case under consideration. Spratt was convicted under the provincial law after he stood in front of a Vancouver, British Columbia abortion center in 1998 with a sign containing the Biblical command, “You shall not murder.” He spoke to workers at the abortion center in an attempt to encourage to stop participating in abortions. The decision paves the way for other Canadian provinces to pass their own laws limit’s the rights of pro-life people to protest outside abortion businesses or to provide information about alternatives to women who are considering an abortion. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision confirmed a unanimous ruling by the British Columbia Appeal Court, which upheld the law prohibiting pro-life people from going within 50 meters of an abortion center. Pratt believes the ruling has turned pro-life advocates into "second-class citizens under Canada's two-tiered legal system.” He added: “Politicians have been running away from this for 30 or 40 years now. We've lost in the neighborhood of three to four million children, the equivalent of the population of Alberta, because of abortion, and we're a nation in denial about it."
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In a story that provides evidence of the power of the Internet and the need for pro-life advocates to play a part in abortion discussions on it, a young women has had an abortion after getting the advice of participants on a popular discussion blog, called Motherlode. Last week, a 22-year old woman name Emmie, who found herself pregnant, wrote to the blog seeking advice. In the email Motherlode writer Lisa Belkin posted, Emmie said she is about to begin graduate studies at a prestigious university and that she has recently moved away from her longtime friends and family and would have to face the prospects of a pregnancy alone. “I know I’ll have very little help, and especially since you write so often about mothers that need help every so often, that worries me,” Emmie wrote Belkin. “The father is no longer in the picture and, even if he was, he’s not the kind of person you’d want your baby near (a poor decision on my part, I know). I’m torn between my responsibilities as a mother, to protect and nurture my child, and my responsibilities to my future, to succeed academically and professionally.” Belkin asked her readers to be “kind and wise” in their response to Emmie and later learned she received nearly 700 emails with a range of reaction for or against an abortion. Emmie says she was not open to adoption and met with an adoption counselor and decided she couldn’t bear an adoption. So she decided to have an abortion and wrote to the blog about her decision, which she said made her happy. “Once I came to the decision to terminate the pregnancy, so much of the guilt and sadness I’d been feeling melted away.” Emmie’s decision stands as an example of the power of the Internet.