Pro-Life Advocates: Roe v. Wade Support Weak as Abortion Case Reaches 35

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 21, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Advocates: Roe v. Wade Support Weak as Abortion Case Reaches 35 Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 21,

Washington, DC ( — As the United States marks 35 years of legalized abortions on Tuesday, leading pro-life advocates say support for the infamous Supreme Court case is weak. They say they see the day coming that the high court reverses the decision and allows states to, once again, provide legal protection for unborn children.

Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, says those Americans who say they support Roe normally do so because of a lack of knowledge about the details of the abortion decision and its companion case Doe v. Bolton.

"The assumption that most people support Roe is not only flawed but flat out wrong. When people learn the details of Roe, their support declines,” she told on Monday.

Her group, along with Focus on the Family, The Alliance Defense Fund and the Family Research Council, has created a new web site called Roe IQ that helps people learn more about the decision and correct their wrong assumptions about it.

Nationally syndicated columnist Cal Thomas notes that the tide in favor of abortion has turned and that pro-life groups now have the upper hand.

"In recent years there have been signs that things may be — if not turning around — then moderating," he says.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abortion numbers have declined steadily since 1990, from a high of 1.2 million annually to fewer than 900,000," Thomas explains.

"This is due, I believe, to the unrelenting commitment of the pro-life movement through pregnancy help centers, information by Internet, marches and what appears to be a growing pro-life consensus among many women," Thomas adds.

Patrick Mahoney, the head of the Christian Defense Coalition, agrees and says "the pro-life movement is alive and well."

"Support for abortion, and abortions themselves, are at their lowest levels in over 30 years," he told "On Tuesday, over 100,000 will join the annual ‘March for Life,’ in Washington. On the pro-choice side, we see virtually no major events happening on the national stage."