"Despite the impression that a solid majority of Americans back legal abortions, the Gallup polls indicate that about the same number of Americans identify as pro-choice as do pro-life, but in fact 58% of Americans oppose all or most abortions," said the cardinal, who is chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Speaking during a Mass to open the National Prayer Vigil for Life, he described three myths persist in the American media and public perception: that abortion is a woman’s issue, that most Americans "are pro-choice, pro-abortion," and that "young people are overwhelmingly in favor of the pro-abortion position."
Polling over the past 20 years, according to the cardinal, shows "women have consistently been more pro-life than men." In addition, young people "are the most pro-life segment of the American people," he said. Five years ago, the Gallup organization "declared pro-life is the new normal," Cardinal O’Malley said.
As the day wore on, another world leader released a Tweet commemorating the Roe anniversary. This time it was President Barack Obama, and it read "President Obama on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade #7in10ForRoe." Attached was a jpeg of his annual statement supporting Roe v Wade.
The decision, he said, reaffirmed “a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters."
John Burger is news editor for Aleteia’s English edition.