Skip to comments.Pro-Life Movement Grows Stronger
Posted on 01/26/2014 6:05:50 AM PST by LD Jackson
Since the 2012 election when President Obama and his liberal Democrat friends used the war on women narrative with great success, there has been an extreme reluctance of Republican politicians to talk about women's concerns. No matter how or what they said, it was used against them in the very public arena of political campaigning. This seemed especially true whenever they talked about the foolishness of requiring employers to cover birth control or about the murder of unborn children that is called abortion. God forbid that a woman doesn't have access to birth control that is cheap to start with, or to the ability to kill her unborn child.
This entire scenario has caused a gap in the narrative. Many people are afraid of bringing up the subject of abortion, for the fear of being accused of waging a war on women. Couple that with the fixation that many of us have on the fiscal foolishness that has gone on in Washington and it may seem that the pro-life movement is on the decline. I'm here to say that is not necessarily the case. There is every indication that the people who are fighting for the lives of our unborn children are winning the hearts and minds of Americans, albeit slowly but surely. In fact, the pro-life movement is growing stronger and it will play a role in the upcoming elections.
World Tribune - This year the annual March for Life in the nations capital, the largest anti-abortion rally in the world with about 600,000 attendees, marks a milestone: public opinion in America is changing as the pro-life movement gains more adherents.I ask you to stop and do just what Vicky Hartzler asked us to do. Think about the numbers involved here. 55 million children have been murdered in America since 1973. That is a staggering number that should make anyone stop and think about what we are doing to generations of our children. Using a medical procedure to murder those children, we are slowly wiping out our future. All because some women believe they have the right to do so. And generations of politicians have enabled them in these efforts because they found a way to get their votes. How sad that is.
Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in America in 1973, approximately 55 million abortions have been performed. These figures are staggering.
Think about it in 2008, more children died from abortion than Americans died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War combined, said Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler in an impassioned speech on the National Mall during the rally held on Jan. 22. This must stop!
Who needs enemies? In 2008, 825, 564 babies were aborted, according to the Centers for Disease Control; this easily trumps the 621, 515 total casualties of the seven wars listed above. With these statistics, it is clear the depletion of human capital enacted through abortion is an even greater long-term national security threat than any other mortal enemy we face. No foreign or domestic foe has ever been as deadly to our population as what we are dong systematically to ourselves.
Those of us who are pro-life have long said the issue of abortion should be a state issue, but as seems to be the case with the current incarnation of our federal government, Washington, D.C. just can not keep its fingers out of this pie. It's too important for them to be able to garner the votes of the bloc of voters who believe it is vital that women be able to murder their unborn children. Thus, at every turn, the federal government attempts to make sure that access to abortion is unfettered and unchallenged.
Individual states, more than a few of them, have enacted legislation since 2010 that restricts access to abortion. While it seems the liberals have complete control of Washington, that is not the case in the states. Significant headway has been made by the states. The hearts and minds of the people are slowly being made aware of how tragic it is for these unborn children to be murdered.
Public opinion is gradually changing too. A recent Fox News Poll indicates 48 percent of Americans say they are pro-life and 45 percent state they are pro-choice; a Gallup poll in May 2013 also had the exact same findings. This marks a dramatic shift from Gallup polling in 1996 in which 37 percent of respondents said they are pro-life and 56 percent said they are pro-choice. Also, 62 percent of respondents state abortion is morally wrong, according to a recent Maris poll.Finally, there is real evidence that Americans are waking up to the real tragedy that is abortion. As a country, we are finally understanding that the children who are being murdered are really children. They are not a blob of flesh that has no feeling or consciousness. Science is showing us they are much more than that and deserve much more consideration.
The polls consistently show a growing regard for the baby in the womb, even among those who identify themselves as pro-choice. A December 2012 Gallup poll reveals 61 percent of respondents said abortion should be legal in the first trimester but only 27 percent said abortion should be legal in the second trimester and even less, 14 percent, said it should be legal in the third trimester. Hence even abortion adherents agree the baby should not be killed after three months of pregnancy. There is an increasing perception that the entity growing in the womb deserves legal protection.
There are several kinds of arguments that are winning hearts and minds. The first is the growing ability of the pro-life movement to humanize the child in the womb. This consists of referencing the scientific data that tells us what the child looks like early in its development and what features are developed in the first weeks of pregnancy. Science is vividly confirming what pro-lifers have long maintained: It is not a blob in the womb; it is a tiny, beautiful baby right from the beginning.We are facing a serious fight for the fiscal sanity and future of America. That is something I understand and one reason I have focused so much on that battle in the past. I have written about abortion before, but it has not been the focus of Political Realities. I hope to change that in 2014. While I may not completely change direction, I would like to write more about the pro-life movement and what it means to the future of America. If we hope to change our country for the better, we need to understand one thing. Many of the hopes and dreams we have for our children and grandchildren are fiscal in nature. We want them to be successful in life, to have a good and prosperous time on this Earth. While those hopes and dreams are framed in fiscal terms, they can not hope to achieve them if the heart and mind of America is not turned away from the willingness to kill the most vulnerable among us.
As Fox News analyst Brit Hume brilliantly put it in a recent broadcast of Special Report with Bret Baier: science has given us an ever clearer picture of just how much of a baby a fetus is. At 20 weeks, we now know, these tiny creatures can hear, even recognize a mothers voice. Their toenails are growing and their hearts beat loud enough to be heard by a stethoscope.
Humanizing the baby also means using the correct terminology: baby not fetus, murder not choice, destruction of human life not reproductive health; crushing the most vulnerable not planned parenthood.
How can any of us hold hopes and dreams for our children, as long as the murder of our unborn children is so freely accepted? If we hope to see them have successful lives, we have to change that perception. The pro-life movement is working to do just that. So as we get into the rest of 2014, do not shy away from the movement. Don't let the liberal politicians threaten you with the "war on women" narrative. If anyone is waging a war on women, it is them. Along with the war on women, they are waging a war on our children. We must not let them succeed in winning either war.
I was at the Walk For Life rally yesterday in San Francisco. 50,000 people. It actually turned that spiritually dark city into something I could appreciate. We have the moral high ground and the other side knows it.
BTW, it was a joy to see my tagline on several prolife posters throughout the day.
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