Saturday, January 20, 2007

Winning the War

Somewhere underneath the never ending news noise of the Iraq war, Pelosi coronation, global warming and the latest Trump- Rosie round, a realization is setting in.

Don’t look now but the pro – lifers are winning. Sure, Roe v Wade as “law” still stands for now. Additionally, the courts routinely over turn the voter’s will by dismissing laws that place even the slightest limits on abortion. However, pro-lifers are succeeding on the front that really counts – winning hearts and minds of the American people.

It is said that the young people are our future. According to survey after survey our future is becoming pro-life. For instance, a CBS/New York Times poll, found in 1993 just about half of women between ages of 18 and 29 said abortions should be available to anyone who wants it. Ten years later in 2003, the number of young women who felt that way, fell to 35 percent. Furthermore, the youngest group was more conservative than any other age group except for those women who were 65 and older.
This definite shift had Alexander Sanger, chairman of the International Planned Parenthood Council, remarking “I’ve seen the numbers and I find them unbelievably shocking.”
This trend continues as demonstrated in a more recent poll of 1000 high school seniors taken January 2006. The Hamilton College and Zogby International Youth Hot Button Issues Poll found that two-thirds of high school seniors said they believe abortion is always or usually “morally wrong”. Also, they learned that 70% of females and 67% of males would not consider abortion if they or their partner became pregnant in high school.

On another battle front, abortion clinics continue to close across the country. According to an October 10, 2006 report from Josh Montez of Family News in Focus, in the early 1990’s in America there were over 2000 abortion clinics. The number today is down to less than 750. In some cases a complete reversal has taken place when pro-life groups have re-opened the clinic as pro-life centers and memorials. This has happened in Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Tennessee and Nebraska.

According to the American Life League, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, clinic numbers are the lowest in twenty years. It has gone from 983 in 1987 to 817 clinics in 2006. They shut down the largest number, 18 express clinics, right here in the San Diego area.

The San Diego News Notes that has published lists of local abortionists for years also reported a major decline in their numbers. There were over 70 abortionists in the San Diego area in 1993 that figure is down to about 20 in the county in 2006.

These victories have come through prayer, tears, toil, education and a real love for Moms and babies. During these years of battles, the pro-choice side has been forced to

defend the indefensible. Decent people cannot stomach partial birth abortion. They are horrified by Tiller, the baby killer, late term abortion practice. Tiller, Wichita’s, infamous late term abortionist, was recently exposed by Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
O’Reilly could not contain his outrage as he said,” You know, I’ve been covering the news in America for 30 years and this Kansas situation is the worst thing I’ve ever seen… Americans cannot turn away from this; cannot ignore it.”

Momentum is slowly but ever so surely shifting to side of life. Yet it is a long way to victory. This war will continue to be waged in the streets, in the courts, the legislative bodies and at the polls. The nation remembers this Monday, January 22, marks the 34th anniversary of Roe v Wade. It is a sorrowful day to mourn the loss of over 47 million little lives. The progress made gives hope, determination to never, never give up. Literally the soul of America is at stake.

Imagine there’s no abortion
It’s easy if you try
That hell’s behind us
Ahead of us only life
Imagine all the children
Living from this day

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

(With apologies to John Lennon)