By Dave Andrusko
As the oldest and most media-recognized of the pro-abortion think tanks, the Guttmacher Institute checks off many boxes. Its pronouncements are given more creditability than they would if they came down on tablets from Mt. Sinai. Although wholly in the pockets of the Abortion Industry, its research is credentialed as “scholarship,” rather than talking points for pro-abortion politicians and lazy reporters. And it cranks out studies whose lone function is to “document” that abort ion is safe, safe, safe and that pro-life protective language is diabolical, dangerous, and demeaning to women.
But perhaps at the top of the list is Guttmacher’s role as official Chicken Little. The sky is always falling. Enter last week’s quasi-hysterical “2021 Is on Track to Become the Most Devastating Antiabortion State Legislative Session in Decades.”
Authored by one familiar face— Elizabeth Nash —and another not- so-familiar face— Lauren Cross—the post begins apocalyptically: “Right-wing ideologues are engaging in a shock and awe campaign against abortion rights that is largely getting lost against the background of a broader attack on other basic rights…”
Nash and Cross continue breathlessly
The number of abortion restrictions—and specifically bans on abortion designed to directly challenge Roe v. Wade and the U.S. constitutional right to abortion—that have swiftly been enacted over the past four months is unprecedented. If this trend continues, 2021 will end up as the most damaging antiabortion state legislative session in a decade—and perhaps ever.
What follows is an initial tally
Since January, there have been 536 abortion restrictions, including 146 abortion bans, introduced across 46 states (all counts current as of April 29, 2021). A whopping 61 of those restrictions have been enacted across 13 states, including eight bans.
followed by even worse news for abortion advocates
A Devastating Record: 28 Abortion Restrictions Enacted in Just Four Days: Between April 26 and April 29, 28 new restrictions were signed into law in seven states—almost half (46%) of the restrictions passed so far in 2021.
Of course, pro-lifers see these measures not as threats, but sources of protections for unborn children and their mothers, many of whom are under enormous pressure to abort (which is why the Abortion Industry so fears and despises waiting periods).
None of this would be possible if pro-lifers hadn’t elected responsive legislators in many, many states. As National Review Online noted
[T]the success that Republicans have enjoyed at the state and local level has made it much easier to pass protections for unborn children. Currently, Republicans control both chambers of the state legislature in 30 states and possess unified control of government in 23 states. In fact, even though Democrats won the Presidency and control of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate during the most recent election cycle, Republicans actually won unified control of two additional state governments during the 2020 election cycle. As recently as 1990, Republican controlled both chambers of the state legislature in only five states. The investments that pro-lifers have made in local elections are certainly paying impressive dividends.
We write about these triumphs every week, sometimes almost five days a week, and often more than one story per issue. NRLC state affiliates are performing yeoman duty.
Nash and Cross gloomily conclude
The current barrage of coordinated attacks must be taken seriously as the unprecedented threat to reproductive health care and rights that it is. The year 2021 is well on its way to being a defining one in abortion rights history.
While they are 100% incorrect about the impact of the legislation, let us hope their prediction of unprecedented pro-life success is 100% accurate.
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