Thursday, January 10, 2013

Liberals Lament: Pro-life Position Prevails

All polls show it: Divine science, reason, and faith has turned America against abortion. Old feminist beliefs are dying, the mainstream media document, most notably on the January 2013 cover of Time Magazine saying “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory With Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.”

For background, read Poll: Most Americans Pro-life; Liberals Desperate and also read 'Higher Education' Indoctrinates Pro-abortion: Poll as well as Pro-life Legislation Floods America

-- From "Poll Finds More than 8 in 10 Americans Favor Significant Abortion Restrictions" posted at Knights of Columbus 1/8/13

[The Marist poll found] Of the 83 percent who support significant restrictions on abortion, 10 percent believe abortion should never be permitted; 12 percent believe abortion should be allowed only to save the life of the mother; 34 percent would restrict abortion only to cases of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother; and 27 percent would limit abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy.

Just 11 percent would allow abortion at any time, while 6 percent would allow it during the first six months of pregnancy.

“After four decades of legalized abortion in this country, Americans have had ample time to understand that abortion has terrible consequences, said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “They understand abortion’s true legacy – a child loses life, and parents lose a child. And after witnessing the effects of abortion for the past 40 years, Americans are not legally or morally comfortable with that legacy. It is time for our country to chart a new course on this issue – a course that protects both the mother and the child.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Has The Fight For Abortion Rights Been Lost?" by Kate Pickert, Time Magazine 1/3/13

In January 1973, the Supreme Court made access to abortion a federally protected right. As I write in this week’s TIME cover story, that seemingly decisive victory 40 years ago kicked off a war that the pro-choice movement has been losing ever since. In many parts of the country today, obtaining an abortion is more difficult than at any point since the 1970s.

There are fewer doctors willing to perform the procedure and fewer abortion clinics open for business. Pro-choice activists have been outflanked by their prolife counterparts, who have successfully lobbied for state-based regulations that limit access. Scores of states now require women to undergo counseling, waiting periods or ultrasounds prior to obtaining abortions. Minors across the country must often get permission from their parents if they want to terminate pregnancies. And pro-life state legislators are passing laws that require clinics to comply with arcane requirements—such as a hallway having to be more than five feet wide— that make it difficult for them to stay open.

The pro-life cause has been winning the abortion war, in part, because it has pursued an organized and well-executed strategy. But public opinion is also increasingly on their side. Thanks to prenatal ultrasound and advanced neonatology, Americans now understand what a fetus looks like and that babies born as early as 24 weeks can now survive. Although three-quarters of Americans believe abortion should be legal in some or all cases, most support state laws regulating the procedure and fewer and fewer are identifying themselves as “pro-choice” in public opinion surveys.

To read the entire series of articles in Time Magazine, CLICK HERE.

From "Pro-Life and Feminism Aren’t Mutually Exclusive" by Emily Buchanan, Executive Director - Susan B. Anthony List, posted at Time Magazine 1/3/13

From its early beginnings, feminism was a young women’s movement. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Charlotte Lozier and so many others began their suffragist work in their 20s. These women — the original feminists — understood that the rights of women cannot be built on the broken backs of unborn children. Anthony called abortion “child murder.” Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, said that “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

So the pro-life movement hasn’t changed the meaning of feminism, as has been suggested. It was the neo-feminists of the 1960s and ’70s who asked women to prize abortion as the pathway to equality.

Pro-life feminism has captivated a new generation of young women who reject the illusion that to be pro-woman is to be pro-choice. . . .

Not only does this young generation of pro-life women shun the notion that abortion somehow liberates women; it views abortion as the civil- and human-rights cause of our day. Abortion is an injustice that permeates our society. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, we realize that a third of our peers are not here to share our progress and our hopes. It is our loss as well as theirs.

To read the entire opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

From "Abortion movement 'losing' ever since Roe" by Alyssa Farah, World Net Daily 1/3/13

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.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Pregnancy Centers Gain Influence in Anti-Abortion Arena" by Pam Belluck, New York Times 1/4/13

With free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, along with diapers, parenting classes and even temporary housing, pregnancy centers are playing an increasingly influential role in the anti-abortion movement. While most attention has focused on scores of new state laws restricting abortion, the centers have been growing in numbers and gaining state financing and support.

Pregnancy centers, while not new, now number about 2,500, compared with about 1,800 abortion providers.  [Americans United for Life VP, Jeanneane] Maxon estimated that the centers see about a million clients annually, with another million attending abstinence and other programs. . . .

“Women who come in are constantly telling us, ‘Abortion seems to be my only alternative and I think that’s the best thing to do,’” said Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International, which she described as a “Christ-centered” organization with 1,100 affiliates. “Centers provide women with the whole choice.”

Thirteen states now provide some direct financing; 27 offer “Choose Life” license plates, the proceeds from which aid centers. In 2011, Texas increased financing for the centers while cutting family planning [abortion clinic] money by two-thirds, and required abortion clinics to provide names of centers at least 24 hours before performing abortions. In South Dakota, a 2011 law being challenged by Planned Parenthood requires pregnancy center visits before abortions.

To read the entire pro-abortion opinion column above, CLICK HERE.

Also read Breast Cancer from Abortion Demonstrated, Again as well as Abortion Seriously Injures Thousands of Women Yearly: Study