So Much For That Pro-Life Long Term Momentum

Two polls have come out recently that seem to smash the perception the Pro-Life movement has been making slow and steady progress.

http://www.pewforum.org/Abortion/roe-v-wade-at-40.aspx

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/21/16626932-nbcwsj-poll-majority-for-fir…

  1. BrentB67

    I don’t think we should get too depressed about these polls.

    There are several trends at work with respect to abortion:

    1. The support for federal government banning or restricting abortion is declining. Contrary to the present administration there is less appetite for federal intervention in our lives.

    2. States have been trending more steadily toward restricting abortion.

    As with most areas of social legislation including SSM the states are a more favorable battleground and we will earn credibility to work vigorously to keep the feds out of this kind of policy either for or against at the state level.

  2. Mollie Hemingway
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    I just wrote about some of this stuff on the main feed. Will link it back here, too. I don’t know what to think about these polls. I mean, the only poll that really truly matters, to my mind, is the one that takes place every day at abortion clinics.

    And that one does not yield very good news. But I would have to look at some of the questions to understand precisely what these latest polls are saying. The devil is definitely in the details on which questions are asked.

  3. BrentB67
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.: I just wrote about some of this stuff on the main feed. Will link it back here, too. I don’t know what to think about these polls. I mean, the only poll that really truly matters, to my mind, is the one that takes place every day at abortion clinics.

    And that one does not yield very good news. But I would have to look at some of the questions to understand precisely what these latest polls are saying. The devil is definitely in the details on which questions are asked. · 2 minutes ago

    I think you could ask any question in terms of:

    “Do you support federal government regulation/restriction of ___”

    The majority will answer no. I don’t think these polls are as much about abortion as they are about federal restrictions on just about anything that may be considered personal choice.

    We are winning slowly on the culture, or at least the positions are becoming more hardened.

    The next battle is to stop federal funding for anything planned parenthood. If someone wants to write a check to kill children, make them write it, don’t send the gov’t to confiscate it.

  4. WI Con

    Its hard to ascertain what to make of the polls/trend. It feels similar to realization after this election that ‘this is a center-right nation’. If it were, BHO would never have been reelected. Still there is a resiliance to the Pro-Life movement – 40years, and still it is there, active, putting some ‘points on the board’.

    There’s hope and much to despair about – but still, there’s hope.

  5. Douglas

    “Has the Akin and Mourdock cases of foot-in-mouth disease caused irreparable damage to the Pro-Life movement or has the so-called shift towards a Pro-Life viewpoint been a mirage”

    Akin and Mourdock caused nothing. We have a population that is increasingly slothful, vapid, and vice-loving. To expect such people to embrace virtue is to expect too much. Millions of people embraced a scam like “Kony 2012″ while screaming for free birth control. There was a town somewhere (Colorado?) that held a candellight vigil for a dead moose. People are not getting better, on abortion or anything else.

    Edit: the moose was in Vermont. Not even Colorado has descended to that level of madness yet, but with the pot laws, give them time.

  6. MichaelC19fan
    Douglas:”Has the Akin and Mourdock cases of foot-in-mouth disease caused irreparable damage to the Pro-Life movement or has the so-called shift towards a Pro-Life viewpoint been a mirage”

    Akin and Mourdock caused nothing. We have a population that is increasingly slothful, vapid, and vice-loving. To expect such people to embrace virtue is to expect too much. Millions of people embraced a scam like “Kony 2012″ while screaming for free birth control. There was a town somewhere (Colorado?) that held a candellight vigil for a dead moose. People are not getting better, on abortion or anything else.

    Edit: the moose was in Vermont. Not even Colorado has descended to that level of madness yet, but with the pot laws, give them time. · 2 minutes ago

    Edited 0 minutes ago

    You were referring to a vigil for a dead elk in Boulder, CO.

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