As promised, here is my response to David. However, he also made another point that needs to be addressed, so let’s tackle it here:
The Anti-Abortion Movement has had decades to convince people and change minds. It’s failed […] There isn’t some magical argument that the anti-abortion movement is going to stumble upon that’s suddenly going to change the tides.
John Nampion had a good retort:
Basically you’re saying the Pro-Lifers should just give up because they haven’t succeeded in their cause. Are you kidding? Israel hasn’t been very successful in swaying world opinion towards its side…so it should just yell “Uncle”? Please…if the fight is valuable, it must and will go on!
Excellent point! One wonders if David thinks we should apply the “unless you win in X number of years, you must surrender” standard to any other political causes. Dismantling ObamaCare? Decriminalizing drugs? Reforming the federal role in education? Immigration policy? (24 years have passed since Reagan’s amnesty bill, and the border still isn’t secure.) Israel? (62 years since declaring independence, they’re still persona non grata in the international community’s eyes.)
Indeed, American slavery was not abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment until 1868—92 years after we declared independence! And it took another 96 years after that to pass the Civil Rights Act. The 36 years since Roe v. Wade don’t look quite so definite now, do they?
As I pointed out in the article, abortion has on its side a tremendously powerful propaganda machine (plus plenty of self-professed “conservatives” and Republicans fixing to purge the Right of social conservatives). And even so, American support for life is moving in the right direction.
I’ll take my chances with principle, thank you very much.
PS: David wraps things up here.