The Wind Is Shifting Behind the Pro-Life Cause

The Daily Signal | 5/22/2019 | Staff
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Since 1973, when Roe v. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedure, the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories.

That may be about to change.

While New York and several other states have passed statutes effectively allowing infanticide, more conservative states are passing “heartbeat” bills and other restrictions. Information is becoming more helpful in changing the opinions of people not rigidly “pro-choice” to one more favorable to defending unborn life, at least at late stages of fetal development.

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Films like “Unplanned,” the story of former Planned Parenthood official Abby Johnson and her transformation after witnessing an actual abortion, are also advancing the pro-life cause.

New court cases have been building toward a moment when more conservative judges, including those now on the Supreme Court, might look favorably on modifying, though probably not overturning, Roe v. Wade. While that is not a given (note the opinions upholding Roe by justices named by Republican presidents), momentum appears to be building in a pro-life direction.

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The Pew Research Center has found that while abortion remains a divisive issue, “more than half of U.S. adults take a non-absolutist position, saying that in most—but not all—cases, abortion should be legal (34%) or illegal (22%). Fewer take the position that in all cases abortion should be either legal (25%) or illegal (15%).”

This is why the courts are likely to take an incremental approach, rather than an outright overturning of Roe.

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