David Gibson


Americans have become markedly less supportive of legal abortion since President Obama's election. The country is almost evenly split on the contentious issue, while views in both camps appear to be hardening -- a trend that runs counter to Obama's longstanding desire to find common ground on the issue.

The shift is not too surprising given the election of a pro-choice president after two terms of a pro-life president, George W. Bush. Pro-choice forces were galvanized by the challenge Bush posed, and a similar dynamic seems to be occurring now, with religion proving to be an especially potent factor in rallying opponents of abortion.