Is There Good News About Abortion?
Southern Evangelical Seminary President and Evangelical Leader Dr. Richard Land Says Pro-Life Movement Is Changing Hearts and Minds
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—As the nation marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision on Jan. 22, 1973, that legalized abortion in America, Evangelical leader and President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) Dr. Richard Land says there are reasons for optimism on the pro-life front.
Land pointed to a new Knights of Columbus and Marist poll, which shows that 65 percent of Americans say that if the Supreme Court were to revisit Roe v. Wade, either states should be allowed to impose their own abortion restrictions or abortion should be outlawed altogether.
“Both of these outcomes would effectively overturn Roe v. Wade,” Land remarked. “Only 30 percent said abortion should be legal without restriction. Another 6 percent answered they weren’t sure. The poll also found that though 55 percent of Americans identify as ‘pro-choice,’ strong majorities of Americans in each political party would restrict abortion in the first three months of pregnancy, or in cases of rape and incest, or to save the life of the mother. This is evidence that pro-lifers are winning the battle for hearts and minds.”
Land added that the poll also found that a majority of American adults (52 percent) agreed that life begins either at conception (42 percent) or in the first three months of pregnancy (10 percent). Only 19 percent said that life begins when a fetus is viable outside the womb, and 13 percent said life begins when the baby is born. Another 56 percent say a fetus is a unique human life, while 35 percent it is part of a woman’s body.
“Those are tremendous improvements when it comes to American’s understanding the nature of human life in the womb,” he continued. “And these strong opinions translate to public funding for abortion. A full 75 percent of Americans said they strongly opposed the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortion in other countries, and 54 percent said they opposed or strongly opposed using taxpayer dollars to fund a woman’s abortion in the United States. A full 59 percent of those surveyed said they would support banning abortion after 20 weeks except to save the life of the mother.”
Additionally, Land said, it is encouraging that more millennials and members of Generation Z are passionate about their pro-life stance.
“A strange anomaly in America today is that the younger you are the more likely you are to be pro-life,” Land said. “Most of the time young people are less conservative than their parents but not on the issue of abortion. On abortion they are decidedly more pro-life than their parents’ generation.”
The 2018 State of Theology study found that a majority of millennials (57 percent) say that abortion is a sin.
“This is not good news for the pro-choice community,” Land said. “It means that millennials are decidedly more pro-life than their predecessors. Why would that be? Well, for starters there is a self-selection process. Pro-life parents are far more likely to have their babies and raise them to be pro-life. Whereas pro-choice parents often don’t have their babies, and so they don’t raise them to be anything. There is a decided fertility gap in favor of pro-lifers.
“Second, the advances in embryology have put a human face on unborn children,” he continued. “These children have grown up with sonogram pictures of their siblings on the refrigerator and in the kitchen. This is a baby. They know it.”
Land recounted a rally he attended several years ago to protest the opening of a large abortion facility in Houston.
“At this event,” Land said, “young people were wearing t-shirts that said, ‘I survived Roe, but Roe won’t survive us.’ I believe we will see the end of abortion on demand in America in the next 15 years. I pray God this is so.”
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