By Dave Andrusko
I understand fully why Kim Greene, chair of the boards of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky, would be upset and angry that pro-lifers are winning in the United States.
However, the “baffled” part baffles me.
Does Greene really not understand why the state of Kentucky has passed pro-life law after pro-life law? Is it unfathomable to her that the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion movement’s think tank, has offered this gloomy conclusion:
The change in Supreme Court justices is taking place against a backdrop in which 29 states already have enough abortion restrictions in effect to be considered either hostile or extremely hostile to abortion rights; four states in the “extremely hostile” category also have so-called “trigger” laws on the books that would immediately ban abortion if Roe were overturned (see map). This year, many state legislators continued their efforts to restrict reproductive rights or access to care. In the first six months of 2018, 11 states enacted 22 new abortion restrictions and four states moved to impose new restrictions on providers that can receive public funds for family planning programs.
But her argument why she is “baffled” boils down to this:
In July, new polling showed that 63 percent of voters support Roe (a similar number to the repeal election results in Ireland!). If politicians listened to their constituents, they would not restrict a woman’s right to make her own choice whether to have an abortion. Instead, they would respect women by keeping their hands off women’s medical decisions.
I assume she is referring to a Quinnipiac University Poll that merely asked, “In general, do you agree or disagree with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion?” Those polls that ask specific questions show the public does not agree with Roe. Not by any means.
Let me offer Ms. Greene just a few of many possible explanations why her side is losing.
*Pro-abortionists refuse to accept any limitation on abortion at any point in pregnancy, regardless of how large a majority there is in favor of limitations. They are completely outside the mainstream of American opinion on abortion.
*The Party of Death, the Democrats, have lost and lost and lost. Kentucky’s attempt to pass protective legislation, for example, was frozen until Republicans took control of both houses of the legislature.
* Pro-abortion Democrats have too long depending on the judiciary to expand and protect their fiefdom. The court system is changing, including at the Supreme Court level. Democrats have substituted a reliance on unelected judges for making their case in the legislature where representative are elected.
*Pro-lifers believe in, promote, and are driven by a commitment to finding win-win solutions. For the Planned Parenthood types, the default response to any untimely pregnancy is a timely abortion. In the long run, the life-affirming position will carry the day, especially when more people realize that “When you think of abortion, think of Planned Parenthood.” Just one more, of many explanations that could be offered…
*One major reason pro-abortion forces prevail overseas is that the local pro-life movement is completely outgunned. The pro-death side has virtually all the media, tons of money, and the help of outsiders like billionaire George Soros.
We face the same set of obstacles but because our Movement is genuinely grassroots with an NRLC affiliate in every state, we’ve been able to take back territory seized by the pro-abortion side.
When you add the idealism of young people, which directs them to the side of life, it’s not “baffling” at all why we are winning.