Abortion is a hot-button topic with a lot of American voters, and this has become increasingly apparent over the past couple of years. It seems to be an ongoing battle between people who are pro-life and those who are pro-choice. In fact, the debates get downright nasty and mud gets slung. Some even refer to pro-choice individuals as "pro-abortion" or "pro-abortionist." Apparently it is the "if you're not for us, you're against us" mentality that rules this behavior.
Recently, a Gallup poll revealed that pro-choice voters tend to see eye-to-eye with voters who have pro-life ideals. A christian-leaning news source shared their take on the results, but the actual results can also be found here on the Gallup site. This poll indicates that more than half of pro-life voters agree that a woman should have the medical right to an abortion if her life is in danger.
The majority of pro-lifers agree that a woman should have the legal right to an abortion if she has been the victim of rape or incest.
The majority of pro-lifers, as well as the majority of pro-choice voters, agree that a woman should not have the right to a late-term, or third trimester, abortion. These abortions, sometimes called "partial birth abortions," are controversial to say the least and aren't disputed by many to pretty much be the murder of a baby that can sustain life out of the womb.
If this Gallup poll is any indication of the balance of beliefs in the country, it shows that the media portrayal of the extreme far-right and far-left is actually not the norm. Luckily the people with these ultra extreme views don't win elections, like Sharron Angle who lost against Harry Reid in the 2010 elections. Sharron Angle believes that victims of rape and incest should make a "lemons into lemonade" situation out of being pregnant from the results of rape or incest.
This poll shows the balanced mentality of the majority of potential American voters; a collective sigh of relief is in order. Even though the extremists who support the Tea Party and their ideals bark the loudest, their impact on how Americans think as a whole is very lightÂ—like a footprint that easily washes away with the rain.
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