Despite the very common misconception that the US is mostly pro-choice, the US is in fact majority pro-life (48% pro-life, 45% pro-choice). And probably most shocking to your average American: the youngest generation (you know, the one that just started voting) is most likely to say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Young people don't just call themselves "pro-life," a phrase which can have an array of meanings; they explicitly support making abortion illegal.
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So it should come as no surprise that the nation leaned more pro-life on November 4th. Most notably, the people of Tennessee removed the right to an abortion from the state's constitution, finally allowing a democratic approach to abortion legality.
- Mandatory waiting period for women seeking abortion
- Mandatory counseling (informed consent)
- Inspection requirements for abortion facilities
- 60% of pro-choicers and 79% of pro-lifers support waiting periods
- 86% of pro-choicers and 87% of pro-lifers support informed consent
Americans have skewed views of how their fellow citizens stand on abortion. Even now, most probably see Tennessee as extremist and unusual. But in truth, TN is fairly representative. It is my hope that young people entering the voting population continue to be strongly pro-life and vote to protect unborn children, and that the population as a whole can understand and embrace the (secret) pro-life norm.
What do you think: could knowledge of the status quo position affect the extent to which people (particularly political moderates) accept pro-life views?