People with pro-abortion and pro-life views aren't necessarily
rigid or consistent in their views.
In direct contrast to common assumptions, not all evangelicals
and conservatives believe abortion should be outlawed in every
situation, and many liberals do not want abortion available in all
circumstances. Ron Sellers of Grey
Matter Research conducted a survey that found evidence of
"Only 28 percent of all Americans believe that
abortion should be legal in every situation," he indicates. "Only
18 percent believe abortion should be illegal in every situation.
Thirty-eight percent said there are some cases where it should be
legal; others said it should not. And then 16 percent frankly said,
I honestly haven't decided how I feel on this issue. I just
So Sellers says the survey stresses that people may lean in a
particular direction but are not totally one-sided. Sellers is not
surprised that 30 percent of those surveyed support sex-selective
"The attitude among some of the folks who believe that abortion
should be legal is that it is not a life, it is not a baby -- it is
simply a mass of cells," he explains. "I mean, from a moral
standpoint, [they believe] it's really no different than the mother
having a growth or a tumor removed from her body."
What did surprise Sellers, "in a sense, is the lack of constancy
from those on both sides of the debate."
A proponent of life is urging Massachusetts voters to reject
doctor-assisted suicide by voting no on Ballot Question 2 on