Writing in the January 14, 2013, issue of TIME Magazine, journalist Kate Pickert documents the hard-fought victories the pro-life movement has experienced in state legislatures over the past two decades.
In “What Choice? Why Abortion-Rights Activists Have Been Losing Ever Since Roe v. Wade,” Pickert observes, “[A]t the state level, abortion-rights activists are unequivocally losing.” As a result, “These laws make it harder every year to exercise a right heralded as a crowning achievement of the 20th century women’s movement.”
Pickert also highlights a “rebellion within the abortion-rights cause” that pits younger pro-abortionists against the older established leadership, and hints at the truth that they are struggling to recruit newer and younger activists.
For the average American, the idea of a society where you can kill an unborn child right up until the moment of birth is unacceptable. Polling has confirmed for years that most Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of abortion on demand for any reason and that most Americans support legislation that protects mothers and their unborn children from the abortion industry. That the collective sentiment of the nation has resulted in the passage of pro-life laws is not surprising.
For example, a vast majority of Americans (63%) support legislation banning abortion after the point at which the unborn child is capable of feeling pain (by 20 weeks). And most Americans don’t want their tax dollars being used to pay for abortion.
It is also not surprising that, in greater and greater numbers, the post-Roe generations are rejecting the idea of abortion on demand. They have lost more than 55 million peers – brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. They have seen and experienced the impact of abortion on their peers and they are joining the fight to protect the next generation from the same fate. The right-to-life movement offers these young generations hope, while the pro-abortion movement only offers further destruction of their generation and future generations.
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Pro-abortion organizations like to say they’re protecting women, but in reality, they’re looking to profit off of women. Planned Parenthood just released its 2011-2012 annual report showing it performed 333,964 abortions in 2011 – more than 25% of the estimated annual total of abortions in the United States. For Planned Parenthood, abortion is a profit-making mechanism. When they join with NARAL, NOW and the Feminist Majority Foundation in opposing pro-life legislation, they’re not looking out for women, they’re looking out for their financial bottom line.
LifeNews Note: Carol Tobias is the president of the National Right to Life Committee.