Most Americans Now Consider Themselves Pro-Choice

Are you pro-choice?Are you pro-choice?Over the past few months, we've watched our reproductive rights come into question as politicians tried to make a case against abortion-even in cases of rape.

By Natasha Burton

First, former U.S. representative Todd Akin declared that during a "legitimate rape," the female body has ways to try to shut itself down to prevent pregnancy. (Don't even get us started.) Then, senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that a rape-induced pregnancy "is something that God intended to happen." (He later claimed that his words were "twisted.")

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But it appears that something good may have stemmed from these ridiculous, offensive comments and the recent, ongoing debate they've ignited about a woman's right to choose: A new poll from Rasmussen Reports, which was conducted just days after the presidential election, shows that 54 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-choice, while 38 percent identify as pro-life.

This news comes as a relief given that only six months ago, a poll conducted by Gallup found that a record low of only 41 percent of people considered themselves "pro-choice." Let's hope that this latest poll is an indication that the tides are turning back toward protecting women's reproductive rights.

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