Results of a Gallup poll conducted May 5-8 confirmed a growing shift away from national approval of abortion:
- 61% of American adults said that abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. This 61% majority opposed most abortions, even though 49% of those called said they were "pro-choice."
- A total of 71% said that abortion should be illegal at least in some cases.
- 22% said it should be illegal in all circumstances. A majority of 51% said they consider abortion morally wrong.
- Younger Americans tended to be tougher against abortion than older generations. 53% in the 18-34 age bracket said they believed abortion was morally wrong--as opposed to the 51% of Americans in the 55 and older bracket who said they believed abortion was morally wrong and the 48% in the 35-54 bracket who said it was morally wrong.
- Women and younger Americans were more likely than others to reject exceptions for legalized abortion. 24% of women, and 24% of Americans 18-34 said they believed abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
In the meantime, let us hope that this growing shift against abortion also leads to a shift toward adoption as an option, so that there are more opportunities in the United States for those couples unable to have children.