Thursday, December 3, 2009

Just how pro-choice is America… really?

This article in the Wall Street Times, titled The Abortion Distortion, is written by a decidedly pro-choice journalist yet has some very interesting points about how pro-choice America actually is. She points out that pro-choice folks often say that opposition to abortion is a “minority view”.

Is that true or is that a distortion? Who’s the minority, pro-life or pro-choice?

According to the article:

“According to a Gallup poll from July, 60 percent of Americans think abortion should be either illegal or “legal only in a few circumstances.” Only seventeen states pay for the procedure for poor women beyond the standards of the 1977 Hyde Amendment—meaning if the woman’s life is in danger or she’s been the victim of rape or incest. Just two months before the health-care bill’s passage in the House, a Rasmussen poll found that 48 percent of the public didn’t want abortion covered in any government-subsidized health plan, while just 13 percent did. (Thirty-two percent believed in a “neutral” approach—though what on Earth that means is hard to say.)”

The article aso speaks of the effectiveness of the pro-life message. Even on those who are thoroughly ingrained in the abortion regime.

“[I]f you want to hear honest talk about the realities of abortion, go speak with those abortion counselors and providers. Even the most radically pro-choice will tell you that the political discourse they hear about the subject, with its easy dichotomies and bumper-sticker boilerplate, has little correspondence to the messy, intricate stories of her patients. They hear about peace and guilt, relief and sin. And it is they who will acknowledge, whether we like it or not, that the rhetoric and imagery of the pro-life movement can touch on some basic emotional truths. Peg Johnston, who manages Access for Women in upstate New York, remembers the first time her patients unconsciously began to co-opt the language of the protesters outside. “And it wasn’t that these protesters were brainwashing them,” she says. “It’s that they were tapping into things we all have some discomfort about.”

Overall, I recommend reading the entire article if you have the time.

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