“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” –Isaiah 5:20 KJV
“A majority of Americans believe abortion should remain safe and legal. Many just don’t use the words pro-choice. They don’t necessarily identify as pro-life either. Truth is, they just don’t want to be labeled.”
This all sounds so very open-minded and moderate, doesn’t it? But if the Gallup statistics are accurate, it’s also a bald-faced lie.
In fact, only 9% of the public are not labeling themselves absolutely in one camp or the other. However, a further reading of Gallup results reveals that 52% of the total surveyed do in fact believe that abortion should be legal under certain circumstances. But this is NOT the same as saying they believe “abortion should remain safe and legal,” which implies legal under most or any circumstances (the Planned Parenthood position).
We should be encouraged by the fact that across all three political affiliations, Republican, Democrat and Independent, there are been a significant upswing in the number of respondents who self-identify as “pro-life.” And still more significant still were the responses to this question in the same Gallup Poll:
Did you catch that? Across the board, 51% of the total surveyed answered that abortion is, in their view, morally wrong. Perhaps that explains why there has been so little comment about the recent Huggies ad:
It has been pointed out in comments on other blogs (see The Blaze and Biltrix) that essentially what the ad reflects is a culture in which it’s “a baby” when you want it, and a “blob of tissue” when you don’t want it. Be that as it may, when a national ad makes such a strong statement about a new pregnancy, it is a positive thing, because advertising impacts our culture on a subliminal level.
Here’s how that Planned Parenthood video ends:
“Ultimately, decisions about whether to choose adoption, end a pregnancy, or raise a child must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor or health care provider.
So the next time you talk about abortion, don’t let the labels box you in.
Have a different conversation.
A conversation that doesn’t divide you, but is based on mutual respect and empathy.”
Biltrix has already pointed out that it is absurd to compare political interference in healthcare concerns to interference in what we believe to be murder. But I can agree that as we talk about this issue with family, friends, acquaintances… anyone, in fact, who self-identifies as pro-choice…we should avoid labels, and use a respectful, empathetic tone. That is what makes the 180 Movie so compelling. In matter-of-fact dialogue with a diverse group of people, the interviewer (a Jewish man named Ray Comfort) causes them to change their opinion on whether abortion is right or wrong.
If you haven’t seen this yet, take a few minutes on a Sunday to watch it now: