Fall, Goliath, Fall
TIME Magazine recently said that the pro-abortion community has been losing ever since 1973. That hasn’t ever felt truer than it does today.
It's not any secret that the pro-life movement is getting younger, bolder, better organized, is setting their eyes on the prize, and overwhelming the pro-abortion movement. Even then-NARAL President Nancy Keenan said in her resignation announcement last year that the abortion empire is aging and can’t keep up with the youthful vigor of the pro-life generation. Keenan often spoke of the surging “intensity gap” among the pro-abortion community, with 51% of pro-life voters under 30 citing abortion as a “very important” voting issue compared to a disparaging 26% of pro-abortion voters under 30.
This generational shift has placed the pro-abortion empire in dire straits, leaving their leadership with two options: abandon ship, or scramble to regain some control of their very evident downward spiral.
And while people like Nancy Keenan fleeing the house fire is evidence of an imminent shift in the scope of things, there is a surge from the abortion movement that is attempting to fill the void. This surge has molded into a two-part swing of desperation.
- Charmaine Yoest hit the nail on the head in her Fox News op-ed last weekend when she said that the abortion lobby was resorting to coercion because they failed to generate the passion for “choice” among the young generation. The abortion movement is relying on the “system” to keep them going:
Lax politicians and officials keep laws flimsy and their enforcement flimsier;
A stacked judicial system allows for bypass, injunction, and defiance of any real laws or enforcement;
Unwitting average Americans who pay their taxes faithfully, shop at certain major businesses, and donate to major organizations, keep the pockets of the abortion lobby padded.
This strategy has been passive up until this point, but the abortion empire has to ensure that more sweeping pro-life legislation like was seen through the states over the past three years can’t happen or will be meaningless.
- The pro-abortion movement has no support from the youth, save for a small demographic of rabid feminists, sex traffickers, and porn stars. Much like the pro-homosexual marriage movement, they can’t afford the time or resources to continue attempting to win the culture through maintaining the “choice” they won through Roe. Their only option is to show their hand and rely on the vocal minority to bully culture into accepting them, even if in a limited form, and then build from their foothold. This has worked well for the homosexual movement, but it is tougher for abortion advocates because they have to convince well-meaning parents that their best option is killing their baby.
To some, this last ditch effort could result in serious harm being done to the pro-life legal power established in the states and could bring a newer, more bold pro-abortion activist that doesn’t have to tip-toe around whether or not a fetus is a person because they don’t care if they’re killing it. But to others, and to myself, this is encouraging. This is, in fact, the best forecast we could have received from their camp.
Because if they are shifting their strategies and pushing as strong as possible, it means that they have to. It means they’re afraid. It means that they look to the future and see a 2016 where they have lost not only the state legislatures, but also the national scope. It means they think their custom judges won’t win injunctions or appeals anymore. It means they think they could run out of money.
It means we’re winning.
It means that we’ve already won our generation. It means the work of our parents and grandparents from the 60s until now wasn’t in vain. It means that we won’t have a 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Or a 45th.
It means that we’ve crossed over the border into their territory and they don’t have anywhere else to fall back to.
It means that even if, in a fragile and broken attempt to stop the bleeding, the abortion movement were to block every single law, line their bench with judges who would bypass every regulation or enforcement, and received grants from the states, the federal government, and from private organizations like Susan G. Komen For The Cure, they still wouldn’t own the culture.
And isn’t that what we’re really fighting for here? We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but rather strive to win the hearts and minds of our citizens. If our goal is to establish a culture that loves Jesus, respects and recognizes the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and doesn’t even see a need for killing babies, then the abortion lobby can have the laws and the government. We don’t need them.
But, then again, things don’t look very good for the abortion industry in that regard either.
By Joshua Edmonds, Director of Education & Technology