According to a very recent Gallup Poll, the number of “pro-choice” Americans has reached a record low at 41%.
Ashley McGuire, the editor of altcatholicah, a website that is devoted to “exploring faith and gender,” offers some reasons why Americans are becoming more pro-life:
1. The fetus has been humanized. She writes:
Modern science has helped us to understand with intricate detail the amazing phenomenon that occurs at the moment of fertilization. From then on, a pregnant woman can track the extraordinary chain of events that is triggered in the new life within her with a slew of Web sites and iPhone apps. She learns her baby’s heart starts beating at a mere 21 days after conception (before many women learn they are pregnant). She meets her baby on the ultrasound screen at eight weeks as opposed to at the end of nine months.
2. Abortion has been used in the world to undermine the rights of women. She writes:
…we have seen the way abortion is used in the world to undermine the rights of women, whether it is forced abortion in China, gender-selective abortion worldwide or its concentration among poor and minority women. Abortion is increasingly hard to square with women’s empowerment when it is the single greatest contributor tipping the scale towards a world with fewer women.
3. The pro-life movement has framed the debate as a civil rights issue, meaning that it is not just the religious who are pro-life. She writes:
…It is a civil rights issue. At stake is the most elemental right we have as a human being, the right to be alive, the right not to be killed, regardless of one’s race, gender, or “viability.”
Read her entire piece in The Washington Post.
OK–it is time for the ideologically diverse readers of The Way of Improvement Leads Home to have at it.