A recent Gallup poll found that 51% of Americans identify as pro-life, while 42% consider themselves pro-choice. This is the first time since Gallup surveyed abortion rights in 1995 that the pro-life view has had more supporters than pro-choice.
Norma McCorvey, a.k.a Jane Roe of Roe v Wade, started her young adulthood as a pro-choice activist who brought her case to the Supreme Court in a 1973 decision that protected a woman’s right to abortion. At age 79, Norma ended life as a pro-life Evangelical Christian.
Norma flipped her position.
The country seems to have flipped as well.
The abortion debate entered the political scene in the late 70’s as concern over a loss of government funding for Christian schools compelled Evangelicals to take a more active role in politics. In order to politically energize these conservative Christians, various topics were considered. From these discussions, abortion was chosen as a unifying issue for a broad voting base of Christians. Geek out on it here.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was recently defeated by Congress, and President Trump has tweeted on it repeatedly. Check out the debate for a simple explanation.
The fight against abortions has been marked by violence–including murder and bombings–in the name of saving babies.
The National Abortion Federation tracks attacks on abortion providers. In 2017, they report 832 instances of violence at abortion clinics, which is the highest number on record. There were also 78,114 incidents of picketing, 34 burglary incidents and 21 incidents of stalking.
As a result of this history of violence, pro-lifers are considered domestic terrorists.
Is this group that has been branded as “terrorists” yet another example of rising hate crimes and political polarization? Let’s take a look.