They say there are three things folks shouldn’t discuss at the dinner table: religion, politics, and sex. And when you talk about policy issues, there are two more things you probably should add to the list: the traditional family and abortion.
Nonetheless many in the political field try to make those issues the priority topic for which to bash their opponents — hence the infamous and insidious “war on women.” Which reminds me, anyone seen Sandra Fluke lately? But I digress.
This past week was the National Right to Life March in Washington D.C. remembering the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade. When I was in D.C. for the march a couple years ago, I saw a greater number of younger people standing up for protecting the unborn — after all the first of our unalienable rights endowed from our Creator is life. ALL lives matter.
So I want to share a recent poll which perhaps reflects some changing attitudes in America on the issue of abortion.
As reported by The Washington Times — doubt this will appear at HuffPo, but I could be wrong — “The Republican Party appears to have the jitters over pro-life legislation for complicated reasons. The public, meanwhile, has their own conclusions about abortion according to a new poll titled “Abortion in America,” conducted by Marist College and the Knights of Columbus.”“Most Americans, 84 percent, think laws can exist which protect, both, the health and wellbeing of a woman and the rights of the unborn,” the survey states. The poll also found that 84 percent of the respondents “agree there should be significant restrictions and safe guards associated with the procedure including limits to within the first three months of pregnancy, allowed only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, or never permitted.” So what do you know? There could actually be a common sense bipartisan policy solution on the issue of abortion — life. Is it possible we could with a sense of civility find common ground on the issue? That is indeed a start. And there are some other stats resulting from the Knights of Columbus/Marist College poll that are interesting.
Here are some follow up numbers:
- 68 percent of Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to provide abortions.
- 64 percent say there are more abortions in the U.S. “than there should be.”
- 59 percent say having an abortion does more harm than good in a woman’s life “in the long run.”
- 58 percent support “greater legal restrictions” on abortion.
- 57 percent say organizations who oppose abortion should not be required to supply insurance that covers the procedure.
- 60 percent say abortion is “morally wrong” regardless of its legality.
- 49 percent say they are “pro-choice,” 47 percent say they are “pro-life.”
Ok, it will be interesting to see how many of the comments to this report will be vile and vitriolic instead of realizing we can begin the process of righting this ship.
I for one believe abortion in the black community has reached genocidal levels. We reported here awhile back about the almost “ethnic cleansing” occurring in New York. Remember the story we shared from Southern California about the babies found cast to the side of the road? That does not speak to the better angels of our nature.
Consider the video we shared from Christmas Day in World War I when the British and German combatants were able to remember the meaning behind that one singular day — the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The life of that baby inspired those men — who would return to their trenches to slaughter each other — to just for a moment, cherish that one beautiful gift from God: life. We can do the same.