Friday, May 15, 2009

America Changing Course on Abortion

According to a new Gallup Poll more Americans now identify themselves as pro-life than pro-choice. While militant feminists and the abortion doctors who love them may be shocked that public opinion is turning against the barbaric practice of killing unborn children, I am not even mildly surprised.

Originally feminists claimed that abortion didn’t kill babies-rather, the procedure merely extracted a clump of parasitic cells from a woman’s womb. Nothing personal. But the study of fetal development evolved and soon fascinating and beautiful pictures taken in the womb became widely available. The images, taken at the earliest stages of development put a face on that “clump of cells” and the child’s humanity could no longer be denied.

This forced feminists to change their plan of attack. The focus became the woman who, if forced to carry a fetus (feminist lingo) would be harmed emotionally for the rest of her life. Enter medical science again. The safety and effectiveness of birth control is such that if used as intended unplanned pregnancies would be almost non-existent. Instead, many women use abortion as their primary means of birth control. This is patently offensive to most people and contradicts any notion that women who not wish to bear a child view the prevention of pregnancy as an emotionally charged issue.

By insisting on legal rights that fly in the face of common sense and common decency feminists have offended even the fence sitters who say “they oppose abortion personally but support a woman’s right to abort.” The movement has fought for abortion at any stage of pregnancy including right up to the moment of birth and claims that juveniles should be allowed abortions without parental approval or even knowledge. As their demands grow more extreme and their true agenda becomes clear, fewer and fewer Americans are buying their tarnished goods.

Consider the following from the Guttmacher Institute:

• Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion.
• In 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000. From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions occurred.
• Each year, about two percent of women aged 15-44 have an abortion; 47% of them have had at least one previous abortion.
• Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76% of pill users and 49% of condom users report having used their method inconsistently, while 13% of pill users and 14% of condom users report correct use.
• Forty-six percent of women who have abortions had not used a contraceptive method during the month they became pregnant. Of these women, 33% had perceived themselves to be at low risk for pregnancy, 32% had had concerns about contraceptive methods, 26% had had unexpected sex and 1% had been forced to have sex.
It seems clear that for feminists, abortion is more about rights than taking responsibility. Thankfully, the majority of the American public is no longer willing to look away while over a million babies are killed in this country each year because of irresponsibility.

h/t The Other McCain

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