In an earlier post, I noted that Obama had taken what I (and many in the pro-life movement) believe to be an extreme position by signing an executive order that reversed President Bush's earlier order prohibiting federal money to be given to organizations that perform or counsel abortions. I opined that such a move was not good.
In the comments to that post, one reader named "A Hermit" argued:
[S]ince the majority of Americans in polls regularly express their support for women's right to control what happens inside their own bodies it is you who are in opposition to what Americans think their tax dollars should support.
Now, with respect to the polling -- yes, more Americans claim to be somewhat pro-choice (by margins mostly within the margin of error), but those that believe that they should always be legal are in the distinct minority. Moreover, I know of no poll where a majority of Americans approve of the government funding abortions. Do you have one?
To my reading, there was no response to that question.
But now Gallup has fortunately answered my question. According to an article entitled Poll: Majority Of Americans Oppose Obama On Abortion in the Bulletin, the American public convincingly rejects the reversal of the Mexico City Policy which had prohibited such funding in the Bush administration.
[W]hen it comes to one of his first acts as the 44th president — publicly funding overseas abortion providers — the American public unmistakably rejects the policies of Barack Obama.
According to a new poll released yesterday by Gallup, just 35 percent of those polled agreed with Mr. Obama’s decision to reverse the Mexico City and permit the use of U.S. tax dollars to fund family planning organizations that provide abortions.
Assuming that the majority of the Americans are pro-choice (which is not necessarily true), the early polls show that the American people are solidly opposed to the reversal of the Mexico City Policy (inaptly named the "Global Gag Rule" by opponents). For a politician who ran on the platform of bi-partisanship, President Obama certainly seems inclined to care little for public opinion that opposes his stated (and extreme) views favoring abortion.