WASHINGTON – Four decades ago abortion activists won the landmark Roe v. Wade decision at the U.S. Supreme Court, legalizing the procedure across the nation.
They’ve been losing ground ever since. Operation Rescue, the pro-life organization that bought an abortion clinic in order to close it down and use the building for offices, reports in 1991 there were about 2,176 abortion clinics in America. Today there are an estimated 663.
And now the mainstream media is recognizing that.
Time Magazine’s January 2013 issue cover features the headline, “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade: THEY’VE BEEN LOSING EVER SINCE.”
The magazine captures a sentiment that has rung true for decades across the country where more and more pro-life organizations have popped up on the national, state and local level.
Emily Buchanan, executive director of the Susan B. Anthony List who penned the op-ed, “Pro-Life and Feminism are Not Mutually Exclusive” – currently featured at Time online – told WND she believes scientific advancements are responsible for more women and young people identifying as pro-life.
“Thanks to ultrasound technology and advances in embryology, more and more young people have seen the humanity of the unborn child with their own eyes and therefore recognize abortion as an injustice,” Buchanan explained.
Chairmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, echoed Buchanan’s explanation.
“The cognitive dissonance of having a hospital saving a life of a 24-week-old baby next door to a room where a 23-week-old baby is aborted is very real,” Yoest explained.
“The pro-life movement is on the side of science. We are the ones standing with the scientific advances showing not only the reality of life in the womb, but also being able to push back the day of viability,” Yoest added.
In May 2012, Gallup polling reported that the number of Americans who identify themselves as “pro-choice” is at an all-time low, at 41 percent, while 50 percent of Americans describe themselves as pro-life.
Perhaps the most common myth regarding Americans’ positions on the abortion debate is that young people and women dramatically veer in favor of abortion. Gallup polling showed that there was a 5 percent increase among 18-29 year olds who identify as pro-life between 2007-08 and 2009-10.
The past few years have also brought about the emergence of pro-life organizations among young people including Students United for Life, Live Action, which is responsible for numerous undercover exposés of Planned Parenthood, and college chapters of the Susan B. Anthony List.
“It’s a common myth that women in particular are pro-choice. The real trend we are seeing is that young people are increasingly more pro-life,” Yoest of AUL pointed out.
Buchanan echoed her position, stating, “The pro-choice movement’s position of abortion on-demand, for any reason, at any time doesn’t resonate with young Americans.
“Young women have also seen the hurt and suffering brought about by abortion in their mothers, aunts, sisters, and friends. Unlike the neo-feminists of the ’60s and ’70s, young women today reject the idea that we must make a fatal choice between our children and our accomplishments,” Buchanan stated.