Thursday, October 4, 2012

Abortion question claims wide swath of swing voters

Pro-choice, Pro-life to cast key ballots

The perennial litmus test between neoconservative and liberal is in place, thriving, and a potent factor in the race between presidential candidates.

One in six registered voters polled say abortion is a deciding factor in how they will vote.

A poll shows pro-life voters opposed to on-demand termination of pregnancy head to the polls with a 2-point advantage over those who take a pro-choice posture on the question of the right of a woman to choose to end her pregnancy in the privacy of the physician-patient relationship.

A broad swath of 17 percent indicated that not only is the abortion issue important enough to swing their vote, but the candidate must share their view on the matter, or they will not cast a ballot in his favor.

Of these, 9 percent are against abortion – a political position called pro-life – while the 7 percent labeled pro-choice favor the right of a woman to choose whether she will carry her child to term.

Some 45 percent see the matter as one of many important factors, while only 34 percent indicated it's less than a major issue.

For all the decades since Roe v. Wade became the controlling opinion in the legal battle over the right of a woman to choose abortion in the confidence of her relationship with her physician, ultra-conservative political action committees have required Republican candidates to state in plain language their personal opinions on the legality of terminating the life of an unborn child on demand.

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