WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-23-12) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted that the Gallup poll out today that proved Americans are increasingly pro-life “is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, a growing number of Americans are uneasy with the unfettered, under-regulated and unsavory abortion industry as it exists today.”

According to Gallup, “The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as ‘pro-choice’ is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009. Fifty percent now call themselves ‘pro-life,’ one point shy of the record high, also from May 2009.”

Dr. Yoest made the following statement: “In fact, Americans are even more pro-life than the growing gulf illustrated in the Gallup poll. During the healthcare debates we saw that 7 in 10 Americans pro-life and pro-choice did not want to see their tax monies going to fund abortion, and we’ve seen tremendous support for commonsense limits on abortion such as limiting abortion after 20 weeks because of the health risks to women and requiring parental involvement in the abortion decisions of young girls.

“We also know that when it comes to voting, those motivated to protect life vote 2 to 1 compared to those who want unfettered, unregulated abortion. Americans share AUL’s belief that everyone should be welcomed in life and protected in law. There is a growing uneasiness across America regarding the poorly regulated abortion industry and the presence of an abortion mandate in the healthcare law. Americans value life, and this poll reflects that.”