Good news, pro lifers. Not only are we on the right side of history, but the culture is definitely going to move in our favor. Because science. Or math. (Also, because God, but I'm trying to put this in terms that even liberals can understand.) Take your pick.
Despite a recent poll that revealed approximately 70 percent of Americans have not even heard of the Center for Medical Progress videos, (they're game changers, BTW), the science, math, history and of course, God are on our side. We are not defeated.
History is written by the winners, and we're going to win this abortion debate. Take heart.
Most scientists say life begins at conception. (And by "most," I mean most scientists -- at least the honest ones -- leave a little room for doubt. There is no such thing as "settled science" despite what climate changers and evolutionary biologists say. Part of the scientific process is questioning, questioning, but I digress.) Some language splicing scientists will claim that life is a continuum (uh, duh.) and so it's impossible to name its beginning, and then these scientists go on to list puberty as one of the points at which life may begin. I don't want to touch where that logic takes us. (OK, fine. Ovens full of teenagers, I guess.)
Once and ovum and sperm connect the continuum is set in motion. That cannot be denied. The ovum and sperm, once joined, contain all the data necessary to create a unique human. So far, no joining of human ovum and sperm has resulted in anything other than a human. But don't just take it from me -- even the textbooks say so.
"Although life is a continuous process, fertilization is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new, genetically distinct human organism is thereby formed.... The combination of 23 chromosomes present in each pronucleus results in 46 chromosomes in the zygote. Thus the diploid number is restored and the embryonic genome is formed. The embryo now exists as a genetic unity." (O'Rahily, Ronan, Miller & Fabiola. (1996). Human Embryology & Teratology.)
And then there's this: "Almost all higher animals start their lives from a single cell, the fertilized ovum (zygote)... The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual." (Carlson, B. (1996). Patten's Foundations of Embryology. 6th ed. McGraw-Hill.
We have more than science on our side. Obviously, God is on our side (who can be against us?)
"Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before though calmest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." -- Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
"And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:" Luke 1:41 KJV
And then this partial list: Psalm 139:13-16; Luke 1:44; Exodus 21:22-25; Psalm 127:3.
And lest anyone think God is A-OK with throwing away the disabled: Exodus 4:11 says "And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?"
God isn't a good argument when you're dealing with people whose hearts have been hardened, but take heart, friends. Our side still wins, because math and demographics.
Approximately one-third of Gen X and one-third of Millenials are missing. Among those generations, abortion robbed us of about 30 percent of our cohorts. Those of us who remain, our mothers chose life, and many of those mothers passed that message down to us. (The mothers who didn't chose life are going to have some challenges passing the pro-abortion message to the next generation, because many of them don't exist!) Pro-lifers are the breeders, and mathematically, this means we eventually win this.
Even the most ardent abortion advocates are beginning to realize this simple fact. Young adults are more likely than their older counterparts to believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, and the number of those choosing abortions has been plummeting. We can thank science for some of that -- those 3-D ultrasounds make it difficult to view a pregnancy as a "parasitic lump," as Gloria Steinem once deemed a fetus.
Youth, whose mothers chose life, just aren't down with the pro-abortion struggle. From the NYT:
"We worry about that a lot," said Sally Burgess, executive director of the Hope clinic, who is also chairwoman of the National Abortion Federation, the main professional support group for abortion providers. "Younger women have always had access to abortion care, they don’t fully appreciate the battle that was fought to have it available to them. And more important, I don’t think they know how precarious the option is at this point, even with Obama's election."..."What I observe for women in their 20s and 30s — there are fewer who really have the fire in the belly for this,” she said. At 50, Ms. Burgess is the youngest member of the Hope clinic’s leadership team, which includes Ms. Baker; Debbie Wiehardt, 57, the office supervisor; and the two doctors performing abortions (the only men on the 30-person staff), who are both in their 60s. A recent survey of 273 abortion clinics published in the journal Contraception found that 64 percent of their doctors were at least 50 years old, and 62 percent were men."
Legal abortion will end someday, and hopefully, soon. Let's all hope that it meets a peaceful demise. I continually worry that President Abraham Lincoln's second Inuagural Address is accurate -- that sometimes God requires blood sacrifice for societal ills.
"Yet if God wills that (war, bloodshed) continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so it must be said, "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."