Civil liberties

That Gallup Abortion Poll

That new Gallup poll on abortion is ridiculous and misleading. It always has been.

Chiefly because it defines the issue based upon the terms "pro-life" and "pro-choice" while underscoring that suddenly more Americans are pro-life.

What about me? I consider myself pro-life, anti-abortion and pro-choice. In other words, I appreciate the sanctity of human life. I'm not particularly fond of abortion. And I support a woman's right to choose whether or not she wants to carry a pregnancy to term. So if Gallup contacted me with this poll, how the shit would I have responded?

I tend to believe that when most Americans are asked about this issue in depth, their positions aren't -- and never have been -- as cut and dry as the terms used to define it.

In fact, the so-called pro-life faction often employs the terms "choose" and "choice" in their rhetoric (see "choose life"). And the so-called pro-choice faction is, of course, defined by choice. Furthermore, I would wager that there are many so-called pro-choicers who are anti-abortion, in that, like me, they're not thrilled with the idea -- in the same way they're not pro-amputation or pro-mastectomy.

So ultimately, the fact that this medical procedure remains a matter of a legal choice is absolutely the best policy.