God is in the details
(CNN) -- Support for abortion rights has fallen sharply in the past year, with Americans now split roughly 50-50 between those who back legal access to abortion and those who oppose it, according to a new survey.
The findings mark a dramatic shift in public opinion, supporters of abortion rights have outnumbered opponents for many years, with one brief exception, studies have shown.
But only 47 percent of Americans now feel abortion should be legal in all or most cases, a drop from 54 percent a year ago, according to the poll.
Meanwhile, 45 percent say it should be illegal in all or most cases. That's up from 41 percent a year ago.
Given the survey's margin of error, the two camps are statistically tied.
"These data suggest that a number of people have changed their minds in the past year," said Gregory Smith of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, one of the survey's authors.
"This is great news. This poll shows that the pro-life movement is winning hearts and minds. Pro-lifers are making an effective case that all women deserve better than abortion and that every child deserves a chance to be born," said Cathy Ruse, the senior fellow for legal studies at the anti-abortion Family Research Council in Washington.
The Rev. Flip Benham, a Dallas, Texas-based anti-abortion activist, said the survey reflected a change he had already seen taking place.
"It's something that we have known for a long, long time that's been beneath the radar," he said. "The heart of America is changing and only with time do the laws reflect that change."
"When the church will come out into the streets, we win the battle," said Benham, director of operations for Operation Save America.
"We have to return to the God of our founding fathers and our pilgrim fathers," he said.
Fathers this, and fathers that. Don't you just love how male religious leaders are always so keen on pushing women back?
I only just had a fast look but I did pick out a few salient points:
While a teeny tiny majority still believe women should control their bodies and destinies, it's interesting to note where the slippage has come. I added the boldface.
The 2009 polls find that gender differences now exist among Democrats. Among
Democratic men, support for legal abortion has dropped nine percentage points from 2007/2008 to 2009 (62% to 53%) while support is unchanged among Democratic women (65% in 2007/2008 vs. 64% in 2009). This means that a significant gender gap over abortion now exists among Democrats, with Democratic women expressing more support for abortion rights than Democratic men (64% vs. 53%).
Among political groups, 53% of conservative Republicans say their attitudes are based primarily on their religious beliefs, compared with just 22% of moderate or liberal Republicans. More than a third of conservative or moderate Democrats (36%) and 17% of liberal Democrats single out the influence of their religious beliefs.
So let me understand this: Because a bunch of white guys suddenly found religion, women are supposed to give up their rights?
Which is exactly why I have been sounding alarm bells on the Christian right infiltrating Canadian government.
Let me tell you, there are some places where God doesn't belong -- and my lady parts are among them.
I think it's time to watch Pale's video again.