“Of course, when asked a few years back what I’d do if my daughter wanted to kill our granddaughter before birth, I said we’d all talk it over and decide what to do. Heh heh heh, maybe you remember Alan Keyes kicking my butt all over the stage about that one. Heh heh heh. But anyway, I’m the best you’ve got this time, so what are you gonna do, huh? Heh heh heh.”
What are we going to do?
. . .Beyond elections, this principle is brought home to us again and again when we pursue legislation. Many of us in the trenches have suffered the arrogant criticism of "principled" pro-lifers who dismiss our legislative efforts because "they do not outlaw abortion." First of all, these critics dont understand what laws realistically can be passed, given the current political situation and state of public opinion. Second, they dont grasp what role even limited legislation can play in bending public opinion in our direction. Third, they fail to understand that such laws refocus the debate on the plight of the babies and the abuses of the abortion industryaway from the hard cases and invented "constitutional" rights. And fourth, such "imperfect" laws save lives.
Just look at South Carolina, where pro-lifers got several laws on the books, ranging from parental consent, to abortion clinic regulations, to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, to the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (and more). And now South Carolina Citizens for Life is working on legislation requiring ultrasound images of the baby to be given to a woman before an abortion. And the result of all this imperfect legislation? Abortions in South Carolina peaked at 14,133 in 1988. In 2004, the number of abortions had dropped to 6,565a 53% reduction that far exceeds the national decline.