Abortion: Losing Ground In Polls?
Vol: 52 Issue: 25 Wednesday, January 25, 2006
According to some recent polls, including a new Gallup Poll, national support for abortion in the United States is waning. Ten years ago, support for abortion was in the high 60’s. The Gallup Poll indicates that figure is hovering around fifty percent.
At the same time, ALL the Democrats on the confirmation committee voted against Sam Alito. In their explanations, all expressed some fear that Judge Alito would vote against Roe v. Wade.
So, according to the polls, the country is even split between those who support abortion and those who oppose it. The Senate is split evenly between those who support abortion and those who oppose it.
The abortion issue is the political campaign tool of choice among socialists/liberals. Abortion is Big Business, worth about $900 billion per year. Don’t let the enormity of that figure drown out its significance.
Millions, billions, trillions, they are numbers we hear all the time. They roll off our minds like water from a duck’s back. We have no frame of reference against which to measure $900 billion so it fades away into the ‘white noise’ of one’s mind.
Let’s consider those numbers differently. Few of us (if any) can grasp the difference between $1 million and $1 billion. When we work with dollars, they are in tens, hundreds and thousands.
Numbers higher than that fall into a different category, like 20 year mortgages vs. 30 year mortgages. A stack of money big enough to buy a house is not something we can picture easily in our minds.
Instead, let’s consider it in values we are more familiar with, like time.
A million seconds from now equals 12 days. We can get a handle on that. That would be, uh, February 6, 2005.
A BILLION seconds from now equals 32 years. That would be, uh, January 25, 2037. (I will be, uh, 85.)
Abortion is a business doing $900 billion a year, (which is pretty close, so to speak, to a trillion)
A TRILLION seconds from now equals 32,000 years. That would be, lessee, January 25, 32,005. I will be, ummm, thirty thousand and fifty three. (I might even be dead by then.)
So, the Left embraces abortion because without the abortion lobby’s money, the only other issue they have to shop around for special-interest donations is their opposition to a war they both supported and authorized.
(If one only has a single issue around which to build an opposition, it helps if you didn’t vote for it.)
The science of semantics proves its effectiveness when one considers its application to the abortion ‘debate’. I set off ‘debate’ in quotes because the whole controversy is based in deception.
Consider the wide range of results in the various abortion polls. Americans are happy enough to identify themselves as ‘pro-choice’ — but that number drops dramatically when they are asked to identify themselves as ‘pro-abortion’.
If asked if they support the killing of a million and a half unborn children a year, the answer is an overwhelming no. Frame the same question around ‘women’s rights’ or ‘individual liberties’ and abortion ‘rights’ suddenly enjoys majority support again.
Look with new eyes at just how powerful semantics (the science of using words to evoke a particular emotional response) really is.
Use the right words, and the majority of people are suddenly incapable of making the mental connection between a woman’s ‘right to choose’ and the death of an innocent child.
It is no secret that the majority of abortions are conducted as a matter of convenience. Abortion proponents claim the right of abortion is necessary to protect the health of women, or in cases of rape or incest.
It has NOTHING whatever to do with protecting the $900 billion abortion industry. After all, the Democrats are there to protect ‘choice’ for the LITTLE people — while keeping those who advocate choices other than abortion away from abortion clinics.
It is the Republicans that is the Party of Big Business, the Party of Corruption, The Party of Liars, etc., etc.
According to a 2004 AGI study on abortion statistics, 67% chose abortion simply because they did not want the inconvenience of a child, another 8% because they liked their sexual partner well enough to sleep with them, but not well enough to have a child with them. 7% because they were still children themselves and just too young to be a parent, 7% due to stated (whether real or imaginary) health concerns, either of the mother or the fetus and 4% because it would interfere with their career path.
Only .5% were due to rape or incest, .5% to conceal an otherwise secret relationship and 5% for reasons unstated. Taken together, fully ninety percent of all abortions (about 1.15 million a year) are the result of a woman’s right to choose to have sex without consequences.
Let’s take away the semantics and reframe the question: “Do you support a woman’s right to kill her unborn child as a form of birth control?”
Such a question has never been put to the public in a national poll. If it were, the pro-abortion lobby would immediately denounce it as a ‘loaded’ question, — an open admission that it isn’t what one says that is important, but they way one says it.
And they’d get plenty of agreement from the deluded masses who willingly embrace both the deceivers and the deception. The truth in the 21st century isn’t what is true, it is what one prefers to believe is true. And they don’t mind admitting it, provided they don’t have to say so in so many words.
The Bible says that the springboard that propels the antichrist to power is his ability to manipulate the truth and deceive the masses into believing he is the messiah.
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” (2nd Thessalonians 2:8-9)
It also exposes the social worldview that will make his deception possible:
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who BELIEVED NOT THE TRUTH, but had PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12)
The same kind of social worldview that can find a distinction worthy of debate between the concepts of pro-choice and pro-abortion — depending on how one frames the question.