Abolitionists Still on the March

Couple feet of snow coming, and yet, the March for Life still goes on. Previous estimates are as high as 800,000 people, for the most part ignored by the news. 

After 43 years of legal abortion, we have lost between 50 and 58 million children. 58,000,000. And so, we march. And we are not discouraged.

On the contrary, the number of abortions done in the US has dropped every year since 1990. We see record low numbers today, as well as great changes in public opinion. 

Look up the case of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of the original founders of NARAL, who performed tens of thousands of abortions–then became an outspoken pro-life advocate after the development of ultrasound technology allowed him to see the child in the womb for the first time. Or Abby Johnson, Planned Parenthood clinic director who had a similar experience and is now a pro-life speaker and writer. Or more recently, Sara Winter, FEMEN leader and angry-topless-protest organizer turned pro-life. 

We have much reason to be encouraged. 43 years? So it takes time. The abolitionists faced worse. Still, slavery ended. The civil rights movement took longer. Still, segregation ended. 

One day, this protest will be obsolete as well. Until then, we march. 

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  1. #1 by Invisible Mikey on January 22, 2016 - 3:07 pm

    Kind of a silly analogy. The reason we have fewer abortions is medical much more than social. Contraceptive methods that work safely are being used by more people every year, and they are more available now without the social stigma that used to be prevalent. Some unintended and unwanted pregnancies still happen, but less than used to. We can all thank science for the progress.

    • #2 by basicconservative on January 22, 2016 - 3:35 pm

      Teenagers are also way less sexually active then they were 10-20 years ago. The division between answering “pro-life” vs “pro-choice” has dropped from 23 points to basically even in 20 years. Contraception does all that?

      • #3 by Invisible Mikey on January 22, 2016 - 3:39 pm

        I haven’t seen a reputable study ANYWHERE asserting teens have less sex! They just know more about how to engage in sexual activities that don’t lead to pregnancy. Improved general knowledge and sex education “does all that”. It’s still not because of activism, either for or against.

        • #4 by basicconservative on January 22, 2016 - 3:51 pm

          “Teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did in the recent past. In 2006–2008, some 11% of never-married females aged 15–19 and 14% of never-married males in that age-group had had sex before age 15, compared with 19% and 21%, respectively, in 1995.[1]”
          Not to mention:
          “In 2006–2010, the most common reason that sexually inexperienced teens gave for not having had sex was that it was “against religion or morals” (38% among females and 31% among males). The second and third most common reasons for females were “don’t want to get pregnant” and “haven’t found the right person yet.”[4]”
          http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/FB-ATSRH.html

  2. #5 by Invisible Mikey on January 22, 2016 - 6:04 pm

    As I said, Guttmacher is only counting penetration as “sex”. And two years (06-08) isn’t enough time to establish a trend compared to anything. Everything I’ve read (plus experience – I work at an Urgent Care) supports large increases in oral, manual behavior, and at younger ages.

    • #6 by larryzb on January 22, 2016 - 9:07 pm

      And could that be due to sex ed in the schools at younger ages? Your experience in urgent care wins the day?

      • #7 by Invisible Mikey on January 22, 2016 - 9:55 pm

        Sex ed has to have had some effect, but we don’t know how much. Nobody has really studied the effects of sex ed, except in Europe and Scandinavia. Our science funding is either controlled by Congress (political whims over research) or by for-profit enterprise (drug research).

        No, no, I only meant my experience confirms my education in health care and sociology. It was a relevant disclosure.

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