By Dave Andrusko
Guttmacher, the in-house think tank for the Abortion Industry and its media/academic enablers, can still be read profitably by pro-lifers. Their summaries—aka the number of abortions, the abortion rate, and the abortion ratio—are far better than the CDCs for the simple reason that Guttmacher aggressively reaches out to abortion “providers” rather than passively accept whatever state health departments feel moved to send the CDC.
But their woe-is-the-state-of-abortion always makes for the best reading. For context, NARAL Pro-Choice America annually cranks out “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in America.”
While some of the bluest of blue states get high “grades” from NARAL, typically the overall grade for the nation ranges from a “D” to a “D+.”
Which brings us to an interview Guttmacher’s Elizabeth Nash and others gave to Buzz Feed News‘ Ema O’Connor for a story that ran under the apocalyptic headline and subhead: “The Last Decade Was Disastrous For Abortion Rights. Advocates Are Trying To Figure Out What’s Next :This year, the battle over abortion rights reached a fever pitch. That’s what this entire decade was building toward.”
It’s worth reading. What follows are some particularly telling comments:
*After summarizing all the pro-life (“anti-abortion”) legislation, O’Connor pivots to some of the “best news”:
Even as access has been restricted, the public attitude and openness around abortion has changed drastically — it’s represented in film and television more than ever before, it’s discussed more often in political campaigns, and recent polling shows a large majority of Democratic voters support a “woman’s right to abortion” as a “must-have” for their ideal presidential candidate.
*After the golden days of pro-abortion President Barack Obama, wham, came the 2010 mid-terms.
“It’s been a rough decade for those that support abortion rights,” Elizabeth Nash, the state trend analyst for Guttmacher, told BuzzFeed News. Nash has been working in Guttmacher’s Washington, DC, office and studying state-level abortion legislation since 1999. She said she has watched anti-abortion policies grow “like a steady drumbeat getting louder each year.”
*O’Connor tells us, “Anti-abortion advocates” have promoted “restrictive” laws since Roe, “but after the 2010 elections, the movement picked up speed and fervor. By June 2010, the number of abortion restrictions introduced in state legislatures had already surpassed the number introduced in any year since the early 1990s.”
Nash, whose job it is to track legislation, partially attributes the massive way of pro-life legislation to a kind of predictable cycle:
“In January 2011, the bills just started flying; the restrictions started moving very quickly,” Nash said. “It kick-started the wave of abortion restrictions we’ve been seeing to this day, and because the pendulum hasn’t fully swung back on the state level, it’s been hard to push back.”
Which is perhaps why, from her perspective, in 2019 pro-abortion forces won in places such as New York and Illinois and Vermont and other states controlled by pro-abortion legislators and/or governors. Perhaps what makes O’Connor most optimistic is that the Democrat Party has thrown its lot in with the most radical proponents of excuse-free, regret-free abortion on demand. Other the heading, “From “Safe, Legal, and Rare” to #ShoutYourAbortion,” we read
In 2008, when Hillary Clinton ran against Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, she famously said that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare,” a sentiment coined by her husband in the 1990s, which was still shared by many in the Democratic Party. By her 2016 campaign, she had dropped the “rare.” During the campaign, Clinton pushed to end the ban on federal funding for abortion that had received bipartisan support for 40 years — calling for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, the law that blocks federal funding from going toward abortion. For the first time, the Democratic Party adopted repealing the Hyde Amendment as a part of its official platform at the 2016 convention.
Again, the story is well worth your while. It combines the end-of-the-world proclamations with reasons pro-abortionists should be optimistic: with rare, rare exceptions Democrats have drunk the pro-abortion Kool-Aid.