Much has happened recently for which pro-lifers should be both grateful and encouraged, but there’s so much work left to do.
You could forgive pro-lifers for feeling hopeful these days, and maybe even a little giddy. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court, and the President’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade‘s days could be numbered.
Or not. If Chuck Colson was right that Supreme Court justices read the newspapers just like the rest of us, we have reason for pause.
According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, support for Roe v. Wade is at its highest level since the poll was first taken in 2005.
Seventy-one percent of those polled say they do not believe the decision should be overturned. Only 23 percent say it should be.
Of course, it’s no surprise that 88 percent of those who identify as Democrats don’t want Roe reversed. That party long ago became the party of abortion. But get this: 52 percent of the Republicans surveyed think Roe shouldn’t be reversed. In fact, only 39 percent of Republicans surveyed said they do want to get rid of Roe.
This despite the fact that poll after poll has shown that younger Americans are more pro-life than their elders, that most Americans support real and significant restrictions on abortion, and that the majority of Americans say that abortion “goes against” their personal beliefs.
What explains this apparent dichotomy? Simply put, the forces of relativism have carried the day in modern American life. In fact, our cultural underpinnings are so deeply and thoroughly rooted in moral relativism, that many simply cannot admit that what “is wrong for me” is just flat out “wrong.”
If abortion is wrong because killing an innocent human being is wrong, then it’s wrong for you, wrong for me, wrong for everyone. But if you don’t believe right and wrong are grounded in universal, unchanging moral truths, then morality becomes a matter of mere preference which we ought not impose on anyone else.
Sound moral reasoning is not only absent these days; it’s anathema. Being “personally against” abortion still leaves room to a) not make it illegal for everyone else and b) not look like a meanie.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Stonestreet And David Carlson