National Review On-Line has a nice symposium on the recent surge in public support for the pro-life position. The pro-abortion view has dropped seven points in a year.
The participants in the symposium discuss a variety of explanations-- the vibrancy and manifest rightness of the pro-life movement, the increasing availability of pre-natal ultrasounds, the stridency and plain ugliness of the pro-abortion movement, among others.
These all matter, for sure. But I do note that much of the pro-life ascendency is among the young. There is growing and passionate support for defense of innocent life among young people.
There is a reason for that, a reason that transcends ultrasound technology and marketing of ideologies.
One quarter of children conceived in the U.S. since 1973 have been aborted. Young people today are the survivors of Roe. Literally the survivors. Every person under the age of thirty-nine is one of the 75%-- the fraction of children conceived who were not aborted.
Young people are beginning to understand abortion in a way that is quite different from the way their parents understood abortion. Young people are increasingly pro-life because they are realizing that the abortion battle is their battle.
Abortion is personal for the young, in a way it has not been for us older folks. Young people-- the 75% of children who survived Roe-- understand which side in the abortion battle fought to protect their lives, and which side was willing to forfeit their lives for profit and for convenience.