Tuesday, January 19, 2010


From Marvin Olasky of World Magazine:

A Gallup poll in 1972 showed 66 percent of Americans opposing abortion legalization. That year Detroit newspapers heavily supported a Michigan referendum to establish abortion on demand through the first five months of pregnancy, but 61 percent of Michigan voters said no. In North Dakota, 77 percent of voters turned down a similar referendum. Nevertheless, in 1973 seven U.S. Supreme Court justices imposed their beliefs on the nation.

Over time, top-down pressures have an effect on popular sentiment. That's why Moody, the evangelical magazine, asked in 1980 whether evangelicals had been co-opted: "We've organized no protest. . . . The Catholics have called abortion 'The
Silent Holocaust.' The deeper horror is the silence of the evangelical"...

Overall, we have optimism this year, but it's tethered to a brutal realization. The May 1980 issue of Moody magazine (which ceased publication in 2003) noted that 8 million American babies had been aborted since 1973. Now the butcher's bill is more than 50 million.

We need more bottom-up pressure and the ultimate top-down one: God changing the hearts of leaders and all of us.
Check out the following articles from World:

Learning to wait Denied federal funds, abstinence educators plan next moves William McCleery

'Look after orphans' Twenty ways to become an adoption-friendly church Paul Golden

Chemical reaction The drug RU486 gives women the option of abortion in privacy Alisa Harris

Eyewitnesses Ultrasound technology is one reason more Americans are becoming pro-life Alisa Harris

Finding searchers Pregnancy centers buy Google real estate to reach abortion-minded women Emily Belz

Higher learning? Catholic colleges have become training ground for pro-abortion politicians Anne Hendershott

Life changes Anti-CPC forces alter their tactics and auditors eye Planned Parenthood Alisa Harris

Called to a cause The pro-life movement won over Marjorie Dannenfelser, and now she’s working to help it win over Congress Marvin Olasky

'It all clicked together' How one Christian volunteer found herself in the right place at the right time at a crisis pregnancy center in Texas Susan Olasky

The telltale protests The abortion issue did not die after Roe v. Wade Andrée Seu

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