- (Source: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
Current criticisms detail that popular media companies are overstating the American public's support of abortion. That claim is backed up with a new Gallup poll that shows a majority of respondents feel most abortions should be illegal.
The recent developments in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell have exposed an often overlooked part of abortion in America, and may have brought the issue of abortion to the forefront of American conscience.
Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, which was conducted May 2-7, found that 58 percent of Americans want most or all abortions illegal. The poll also found 20 percent of respondents wanted abortion illegal in all circumstances with 38 percent feeling it was permissible in only certain circumstances.
Just 39 percent of Americans support most the idea of most abortions being legal, and only 26 percent said it should be legal in any circumstance.
Much of secular portrayal of abortion acceptance is also misguided. First Things recently published an article titled "Little Change in Abortion Attitudes" that exposes the media bias when reporting polls that supposedly show that an increasing number of Americans support abortion.
In the article, Michael New said: "a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll covered in the Washington Post and elsewhere suggested that 70 percent of Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Wade."
One concern over the poll's claim that 70 percent of Americans are opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade is the number of people included in the poll results who don't actually know that the landmark case is about abortion.
"I blame the grownups in the room and the media for not clearly laying out what a historic moment Roe v. Wade was for our country and the true breadth of the pro-life movement," Penny Nance, President and CEO for Concerned Women for America, told The Christian Post. "It is up to parents and educators to make sure our children understand the true significance of Roe v. Wade."