Pro-life article merely a pro-abortion tactic?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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The head of the National Right to Life Committee is suggesting a recent article implying the abortion movement has been losing ground since a landmark Supreme Court ruling 40 years ago may be just a ploy to rally that movement's activists.

TIME magazine cover (Jan. 14, 2013)In her cover article for this week's issue of TIME magazine, staff writer Kate Pickert makes the case that while pro-abortion forces won their victory in 1973 (in Roe v. Wade), they may have been losing the battle ever since.

"Thanks to prenatal ultrasound, Americans now understand what a fetus looks like and that babies born as early as 24 weeks can now survive," Pickert writes in the article. She also states: "... At the state level, abortion-rights activists are unequivocally losing. These laws make it harder every year to exercise a right heralded as a crowning achievement of the 20th century women's movement."

Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, cautions the public not to be misled into thinking the liberal news magazine is now pro-life. She believes TIME's article may have simply been pro-abortion strategy.


"I think they chose the tack to say that they've been losing ever since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973 because they want to energize their troops," she suggests. "Our state affiliates are going to be trying to pass legislation that will protect mothers and unborn babies -- and those who support abortion are concerned because so many of these laws have been passing."

And because several states have been very successful in getting those laws on the books, Tobias believes the purpose of the cover story is to convince abortion advocates that they had better get into battle gear to avoid losing the whole war.

"So I think that it was probably deliberate on their part to make it look like they're in really bad shape -- which is actually very encouraging and very motivating for us," adds the pro-life leader.

According to Tobias, one of the reasons pro-life forces have made great progress is because people have come to understand that abortion is the taking of human life -- and that a baby that has no choice in the matter. She also points out the "post-Roe" generations are now rejecting the idea of abortion on demand and, instead, are discovering the right-to-life movement offers hope for those younger generations.

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