Abortion Abatement

Keep up the Momentum

Pro-choice activists and the liberal media are hopping mad. Find out why you should be jumping for joy.

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Chuck  Colson

During the Clinton years, 56 percent of Americans described themselves as pro-choice, while only 33 percent of us self-identified as pro-life. But in just a decade and a half, the numbers have completely shifted.

According to the most recent Gallup polling, pro-lifers edge out those in favor of legal abortion by 47 to 45 percent. Half of all Americans agree that abortion is morally wrong.

And the news gets even better. Following a ground-breaking Nebraska law last year that bars late-term abortions because of the risk of fetal pain, five other states have passed measures outlawing nearly all abortions after five months of pregnancy. Legislatures in Kansas Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, and Oklahoma this year have enacted abortion bans after 20 or 21 weeks. The laws allow for exceptions when the mother’s life is at risk or she faces severe physical impairment.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, but liberal activists are shocked. AP reports that late-term abortion laws “have emboldened anti-abortion activists, angered abortion providers, and will likely make decisions all the more wrenching for women affected by the late-term bans.”

Not one word about the protecting the lives of babies or supporting the choice of pregnant women to save their own children.

Who is really on the side of women in this whole distorted debate?  Well, most Americans aren’t buying the line of the abortion industry. According to Gallup, “majorities of Democrats as well as most Republicans favor informed consent, parental consent, 24-hour waiting periods, and a ban on ‘partial birth abortion.’” The respected polling agency says that 87 percent of respondents favor informing a pregnant woman of the risks of having an abortion.

Folks, in these contentious times, it’s hard to get 87 percent of the people to agree that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west!

Responding to this pro-life groundswell, state legislatures in 2011 have passed more than 80 bills aimed at restricting access to abortion. That’s up from 23 such laws enacted last year. These measures would variously ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat, specify which drugs and equipment abortion clinics must provide, require doctors to conduct a pre-abortion sonogram and describe the unborn child’s features to the woman, or require waiting periods before an abortion.

Here is some more good news. According to the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute, forty-six states now allow medical professionals to opt out abortions. Forty-three allow at least some institutions to opt out. Thirty-six require parental notification or consent for minors. Twenty-four require waiting periods, nineteen require counseling, and sixteen outlaw “partial-birth” abortions.

This whole movement shows us that we are able — if we’re patient and persevering — to change culture, and it should encourage us in the battle over so-called gay "marriage."

The battle for life continues, however, so long as 1.2 million abortions are being performed annually.

We celebrate our gains, let’s keep the momentum going. A pro-life party is appropriate — but not a vacation.

Further Reading and Information

Gallup Poll Shows Large Majority in Favor of Most Pro-Life Initiatives
Dave Andrusko | National Right To Life| July 27, 2011

The New Normal on Abortion
Lydia Saad | Gallup.com | May 14, 2010

Common State Abortion Restriction Spark Mixed Review
Lydia Saad | Gallup.com | July 25, 2011

Defending Life 2011
Americans United for Life | 2011

More states crack down on late-term abortions
David Crary and Timberly Ross | Boston.com | July 24, 2011


Abortion Abatement
I am jumping for joy! Great to see the trend of truth winning out over the falsehood of abortion being a good thing. I hope that those judges and politicians who ignore what God- respecting people know to be right and wrong know, and and that those judges and politicians who instead make judicial decisions and vote based on what the largest voting block thinks is right or wise, I hope that they take note of the 47% who think abortion is morally wrong against the 45% who think differently. I believe in the American creed that each person has the right to life, and that includes the one day old baby in the arms of a mother who doesn't want the child as well as the baby being carried in the womb of a mother who doesn't want the child. To kill the not yet born baby was morally wrong fifty years before Roe v Wade when people agreed to that statement, it was morally wrong at the time of Roe v Wade, it was wrong two years ago, and it is wrong now, and finally the politicians and judges will have to face not only a judge on the great judgement day, but also a growing majority of voters very soon.