Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of Right to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate.
“It’s been a terrible year for abortion rights-but there is opportunity to be found amid the setbacks.”
That’s the sober assessment of Michelle Goldberg, writing in Slate about how 2015 went for abortion supporters.
Her article focuses on several things, including the continued trend of pro-life legislation passing in states. Michigan is no different. As we reach the end of 2015, two major initiatives include the Coercive Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA) and the Dismemberment Abortion Ban are being considered by our Legislature.
CAPA would add protections to women who are coerced into having abortions. Dismemberment abortions, like partial-birth abortions, are violent late-term techniques to end a human life.
The opportunity that Goldberg mentions could be more of an opportunity for pro-lifers. Abortion supporters hope that by talking about abortion more openly, even celebrating it, they can change the conversation.
In the past, organizations like Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion politicians have done everything they could to avoid mentioning abortion. Abortion thrives when it’s not talked about and people don’t understand the violence it entails.
In 2016, we must continue to speak the truth about what abortion is. We must continue to teach people about the value of life and the development of the child in the womb. We will celebrate, not lament, the fact that abortions are at their lowest since 1973.