Recently, many anti-choicers have been going on and on about a new Gallup poll that states that more Americans identify as “pro-life” than pro-choice. They seem to be using this new poll as a way to say “haha! you lose!” to pro-choicers (which would be kind of cute if these people weren’t grown adults), but that’s to be expected of them.
Whenever this subject comes up, I always wonder, how many of the self proclaimed “pro-lifers” who participated in this poll would actually be accepted into the anti-choice movement by the people who are bragging about these statistics? Would anti-choice leaders and anti-choice activists accept all of these people into their movement?
What about the people who call themselves “pro-life” because they are personally opposed to abortion, but still support the legal right to choose? What about the people who consider themselves “pro-life” but make exceptions because the pregnancy endangers her life? Because she’s suicidal? Because the pregnancy was a result of rape and/or incest? Only if she pays for it with her own money? Because there is a fetal anomaly present? Are the anti-choicers who go on and on about the “pro-life majority” going to accept these people into their movement?
These exceptioneers (as I like to call them) are not at all uncommon. 78% of Americans believe in a woman’s right to choose in some or all instances. Exceptioneers make up the majority of the anti-choice movement, and I’m willing to bet that anti-choice leaders do not consider exceptioneers “pro-life” at all.
…so why are they flaunting around the Gallup polls? Why are they showing off the amount of Americans who are anti-choice, when they don’t even accept many of those anti-choice Americans into their cult?
I’d actually be interested in receiving an answer from anti-choicers (yes, the abortiongang does accept respectful comments from antis). Do you accept the exceptioneers into the anti-choice movement? If no, then does that new Gallup poll really mean anything to you?