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Reading Gallup’s latest abortion polling.

(© 2012 Gallup, Inc.)

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MARJORIE DANNENFELSER
The results from Gallup bear out years of Americans trending away from the pro-choice label. As men and women of all ages and political ideologies come to terms with what “choice” actually means, it’s no surprise that they shed the hollow branding. The big “Abortion liberates” lie and those who promulgate it are being unmasked. The other side knows this and admits it has been steadily losing ground with youth. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s number one abortion provider, has been revealed for what it is: an abortion-centered, profit-driven business. Those who would have us continue to fund abortion with our tax dollars are arguing in direct opposition to public opinion. President Obama, his allies in Congress, and the abortion lobby have radically overstepped their bounds, causing Americans to turn away.

This is exactly what we’ve seen across the country, as state legislatures pass more pro-life legislation than ever before. Cheered on by the pro-life grassroots, state leaders are working tirelessly to enact laws restricting abortion on the grounds of fetal pain, parental notification, and women’s right to know. Americans are increasingly identifying with the position of protecting human life. It’s not shocking that we’re seeing stronger pro-life opinions.

— Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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ANNA HALPINE
Young Americans today have grown up in a culture in which abortion is available on demand, and they have seen the devastating consequences of this reality. They and their friends have had abortions. They know it is not a solution but an agony of a choice that cannot be undone. Scientific advances have shown the humanity of the child beyond a doubt. Ultrasound technology and imaging reveals the developing child to us in ways that are clear and irrefutable. Advances in prenatal care mean that pre-term children are viable at earlier and earlier ages; we are holding our children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren at ages at which other children are being aborted. The promotion of abortion is clearly related to a worldview that sees human life as expendable, rather than a worldview that recognizes the dignity and inherent value of every single life. Young people know that every culture and time is judged according to how it treats the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We can be proud that growing numbers of young people understand that exercising their freedom means defending those among us who are the weakest and most vulnerable, which most clearly applies to the smallest, most innocent living in our society.

Anna Halpine is the founder of World Youth Alliance.


KRISTAN HAWKINS
In recent years, abortion has been thrust onto the national stage in ways never before seen, from taxpayer funding of abortion in Obamacare to the very public Mafia-like beating-up of the Susan G. Komen Foundation by Planned Parenthood to ultrasound battles in state legislatures. Through the undeniable evidence of ultrasounds, Americans have been given the chance to see that abortion is truly the killing of an innocent child in the womb. Because of the militant defense of abortion by Planned Parenthood, Americans have been given the chance to see how the nation’s largest abortion chain pads its pockets by performing more abortions and obtaining grants through deception and outright lies. It is even through the presidency of Barack Obama that Americans are given the chance to learn that sometimes aborted babies live and the president would rather protect the abortionists than give those children protection under the law.

There has never before been a time in our nation’s history where science has advanced so far that we are able to see images of preborn babies in the womb, and where everyone has the platform through social media to send those images out to family and friends. A human is a human whether it is in its mother’s womb or not, and no matter if it was conceived by rape or a through a loving relationship. This generation is coming to understand that there is no reason to destroy that baby’s life.

Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America.



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