By Dave Andrusko
I suspect that may be only a few professional logicians reading this story who might be offended, so I think I can reduce the line of reasoning known as “Occam Razor” to the principle that “The simplest explanation is usually the right one.” Why do I bring that up? Because there is never any end to the creative, flights of fancy explanation why the Millennial Generation is pro-life.
(The age range for “Millennials” differs with the author, but in general it means those ages 18-30.)
Megan McArdle, writing at www.atlantic.com does a nice job of politely debunking a bone-headed (my words) explanation offered by Amanda Hess. McArdle’s rebuttal, while not complete, is very helpful.
She begins (tongue firmly planted in cheek] with what Hess is trying to understand: “She’s really trying to explain why those Cro-Magnons in the millennial generation aren’t increasing their support for abortion.”
Hess’s explanation of numbers contained in a report from the Public Religion Research Institute is kind of a vague ignorance: If Millennials just knew how many abortions are performed and that women of all categories have them, they’d jump on board the “choice” bandwagon.
But, in fact, as McArdle points out, who are most knowledgeable about the number of abortion [54 million], the various abortion ‘techniques” [each more hideous that the one before], and the tragedy that too often abortion comes knocking at the doors of the “best” homes and gets invited in? Pro-lifers.
Truth be told young people—as Joleigh Little of Wisconsin RTL so often puts it—“get it.” There is a chilling truth that is hammered into their psyches from Day One: THEY could have been a “statistic.”
Also, consider this. In Part Two today, Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon writes about Dr. Priscilla Coleman’s brilliant mega-analysis of the best designed studies on abortion and mental health, the conclusion of which is
“Coleman found that aborting women showed an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, with particular risks (e.g., substance abuse, suicide) even higher. Moreover, Coleman’s meta-analysis showed that 9.9% of the incidence of mental health problems in the population group of aborted women was directly attributable to abortion. This also included 34.9% of suicides in this group.”
But young people’s own experience bears out what Dr. Coleman’s research demonstrates empirically: abortion is a devastating experience that kills unborn children and often maims their mothers. If you’ve forgotten how agonizing the aftermath can be, take a minute and re-read “Horrible and Terribly Sad” from yesterday (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/09/horrible-and-terribly-sad ).
To come full circle, you don’t need beside-the-point/leaps into fantasy to explain why Americans under 30 are pro-life. They have seen the carnage.
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