Appearing on “CBS This Morning” on Monday, outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said there is “overwhelming support” for abortion in the United States:
Actually there is overwhelming support now for Roe vs. Wade — the highest that there’s ever been in this country, including among Republicans.
According to a Pew Research survey published in January 2017, Richards appears to be correct. In August 1992, 34% of Americans supported overturning the Roe v. Wade decision in full, while by December 2016, that number dropped to 28%.
Pew adds: “Today, 84% of Democrats and those who lean Democratic say the Supreme Court should not completely overturn the ruling, up 9 percentage points from 2013 and 18 points from 1992. A narrow 53% majority of Republicans now say the decision should not be completely overturned, little changed in recent years.”
From 1992 to 2016, Pew reports that the “percentage [of Republicans] who say [the] Supreme Court should not completely overturn its Roe versus Wade decision” has risen by one percentage point (52% - 53%).
There are likely several reasons that support for abortion has remained relatively static or has even risen among the American public. First, the abortion lobby is incredibly powerful. They use politicians and the media to promote abortion as a positive thing. Second, they have successfully created an environment in which euphemisms are used by politicians, news media, and Hollywood in order to obscure what’s really happening. “Abortion” became “women’s reproductive rights,” which then became “women’s health.”
Perhaps worse, many in the pro-life movement are afraid to break the glass castle that the abortion industry has built around itself. They hold marches, and talk vaguely about the value of life, but they stay far, far away from the gritty, disgusting reality of what abortion procedures actually look like, and the way in which such procedures leave their victims.
Until the pro-life movement decides to fight like they mean it, support for abortion will likely stay the same or continue to rise among the American public.