How American Think About Abortion, and What Pro-lifers Must Learn
It is the job of every Christian, not just some to oppose evils like abortion and protect goods like pre-born human lot. Here's how you can do it too for the Colson Center. I'm John Stonestreet. This is break point. Recently political scientists Michael J. New describe the results of what's being called quote the largest known indepth interview study of American attitudes on abortion he described them as nuanced a better term would be complicated and maybe not at all coherent this new study out of Notre Dame, which is entitled how Americans understand abortion not only attempted to determine what Americans believe about abortion but why they believe it and which factors influence those believes anyone who opposes. Abortion anyone committed to protecting the pre-born has much to learn from these results. For example, I find it fascinating that according to the study most Americans are simply not quote particularly knowledgeable about the details of abortion those of US neck deep in this issue might find it unbelievable that anyone could be unfamiliar with basic facts about fetal development or about public policy or about what Roe v Wade actually did to America or were state abortion laws currently. Stand, but many people are, and that makes the task of education especially when it comes to the science and politics of abortion a priority for pro-lifers and fact, the data suggests that many Americans would be shocked if they could learn how permissive our nation's abortion laws actually are another lesson to learn from this Notre Dame study is that we must do a better job publicizing the life affirming work done by thousands of pregnancy help centers in. The US much of the support for legal abortion is based on fear that children born after unintended pregnancies will be neglected and that women would be adversely impacted by carrying in unintended pregnancy to term in other words. Apparently, people are simply still unaware that these very old arguments which date back to even before Roe v Wade itself in other words who will care for these women and children have substantially been answered in incredible ways by pro-lifers. Everywhere. Easing the concerns about whether help is available for women, our children and unexpected crisis pregnancies will be essential to any effective pro-life apologetic. The most important lesson from the study however is just how deeply moral relativism is shaping the abortion debate a large percentage of Americans dislike abortion, but they're also uncomfortable with making abortion illegal. This is incredible. Even those who think that abortion should be legal. Think that there's something wrong with it and yet they simply cannot imagine any alternative to the status quo successful pro-life outreach to this group suggests new is the key to creating a durable pro-life majority that can restore legal protection to the unborn in other words in addition to the beautiful and brilliant work of caring for children for women and crisis the kind of work the pro-life moving has. Excelled in for decades, we still have to know how to make the case for life and by we I, mean you and I mean me, we need to know the science surrounding abortion so that they can know that the science is on the side of life we need to know how embryology and ultrasounds have only strengthened the case for the humanity of the fetus. The case is so. Incredibly strong in fact but as this study reveals, we can't assume that Americans know that and if they do know it, we can't assume they can connect the dots to the immorality of taking innocent pre-born lies. The case that abortion is wrong has to be made alongside the case that abortion should be illegal and not just the quote unquote pro-life professionals after all if the Supreme Court ever. Does manage to overturn Roe v Wade and of course, we pray that it does the status and safety of preborn children will be decided on a state by state basis local law matters when it comes to abortion as much even more. So the national law and that law is a moral teacher many Americans think abortion should be legal simply because it is and that's why pro-abortion forces oppose. Any and every restriction on abortion whatsoever as if it's an outrageous infringement on the rights of women in other words, they must not allow a pro-life foot in the door. So those of us who care about the unborn must help people know what they should know about abortion so that they can make the connections they currently aren't making.