Skip to comments.Roe Babies and Reagan Babies
Posted on 01/21/2006 8:54:16 AM PST by RepublicNewbie
The rising generation of Americans has been shaped profoundly by two events that have anniversaries this week. The first event was the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade 34 years ago. The second event was the inauguration of Ronald Reagan 25 years ago.
Because of the first event, one fourth of our generation is no longer alive. Roe Babies, 45 million of them since 1973, are missing.
But there are some positive signs on the cultural horizon. In recent years, public opinion regarding abortion has continually shifted toward the pro-life position. The number of Americans calling themselves pro-choice has declined by 10 points since 1995, while the number of Americans calling themselves pro-life has increased 16 points. According to a Gallup poll, a decade ago, 56 percent of Americans considered themselves pro-choice and 33 percent said they were pro-life. Today, according to a Zogby poll, 49 percent of Americans say they are pro-life, compared to 46 percent who say they are pro-choice.12
The most important reason for this shift is the survivors of abortion. Reagan Babies, born between 1981 and 1989, number about 30 million. Reagan Babies are presently in high school, college, on the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan, and emerging in the workplace. A growing collection of evidence indicates that Reagan Babies are more conservative than our parents. This is especially evident in the issue of abortion.
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According to the link, it's been out for over a year; I have not seen it in the DC market.
Kids today seem more likeable than those of my generation.
I guess since I was born about a month after Reagan's inauguration, that makes me a "Reagan Baby". Hubby was born in '79 and I was '81, which technically makes us Gen-Xers, but we often feel we cannot relate to older people in our generation. We also don't really fit with the Gen-Y crowd.
As a "Reagan baby" whose parents had to resort to infertility treatment to have their two kids, I have always felt disgusted knowing that while my mom and dad fought so hard just to HAVE kids, something like 1 in 3 babies concieved since Roe v. Wade have been thrown away like some piece of trash. It's really very sad.
LOL Funny, I've always thought of myself as an Eisenhower baby because he's was still president when I first became aware of government but I, like you, am actually a Truman baby. Yikes!
45 million lives lost, that's the only stat that matters at all. It is a factual stat, not a mere notion.
What I wonder is why are other "notions" not considered? I often think that the culture of death increases the instance of crime. If our morals have sunk so low that we've legalized genocide, a lot of other crimes seem pretty insignificant.
I'm attempting rational thought on three hours of sleep or I'd be able to make a more cohesive argument!
I don't know about lowering crime rates, but I do think the 45 million abortions are a contributing factor to why our government keeps the floodgates open at the border. They want to replace the 45 million Social Security payers.
Having had a while to think about it, I really do believe an argument could easily be made drawing a correlation between RISING crime and abortion, at least in a specific way. Most women who have abortions suffer psychologically afterward, and very, very few of those women seek any form of counselling. I am only speaking from my own experiences here, and from what I know of other women whom have had abortions. A very common way to "numb the pain" of the aftermath of abortion is to turn to drugs and alcohol. When not taken for strictly recreational use, drugs and alcohol can quickly send one's life into a downward spiral: Addiction to illegal drugs and alcohol can (and often does) lead to theft of any kind--one can't get a fix if one lacks the funds; said addictions also have a negative effect on one's judgement, which can land an already traumatized woman into any number of horrific situations.
You know what stats I would love to see, that the CDC et al will never be interested in tracking? I would love to know what becomes of a post-abortive woman's life in the two years or so following her abortion. Are these women more likely to commit crimes? Are they more likely to become victims of crime? All I can do is rely on my own experiences, as I said, and the experiences of other women like me--and we can answer both of those questions with an unequivocal yes.
It really does come down to that, doesn't it. Additionally, as a boomer I can look back and see the overall social degredation that abortion has facilitated. Sex without longterm consequences, loosening of morals and committments to families and values etc.
Cute, but Bush will never be the level of Reagan.
Yes, it facilitated the Free Love claptrap of the era. Fortunately the tide finally seems to be turning with some sanity returning.
A great article!
Think what it's doing to God's.
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