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  •  why would it be "fair to say" Americans (none)
    are "against abortion" when it's not true?

    do some research -- you'll see all the polls show a majority still favors abortion rights.

    According to a March 2005 Harris poll, "Only one-fifth of U.S. adults oppose abortion in all circumstances," and "A 60 to 38 percent majority favors legal abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy."

    You can find other figures depending on how the poll questions are asked, but no polls show a majority of Americans wanting to make abortion illegal again.

    If American are "against abortion," most of them are against it in the same way they're against emergency heart surgery -- they hope they don't have to have it, most give at least a token try to healthy heart practices, but most everybody wants a hospital and an operating room to be available if they or their daughter needs it....

    •  Congrats! (none)
      You were able to find a variety of polls that really say nothing.  You admitted it yourself: "You can find other figures depending on how the poll questions are asked."  We can mince the issue in a million ways and each side can point to evidence accurately supporting their own side.  You have also failed completely to comment on the central point of my post, yes, abortion is a very, very important issue, but I am suggesting we move away from the grip of interest groups and single issues and start creating a real agenda.

      "The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country." -RFK

      by apmiller on Fri Jul 01, 2005 at 07:02:29 PM PDT

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