Why Those Who Oppose Abortion Continue to Fight
Published in The Washington Post
on January 24, 2020
President Trump’s historic presence at Friday’s March for Life will give significant attention to this annual event. It’s important, then, for people to understand why those who oppose abortion continue to fight.
The March for Life occurs every year on or close to the date the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, the decision that mandated legal abortion throughout the United States. Every year since then, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers come to Washington to hear speakers, to rally and then to march from the Mall to the Supreme Court.
The march is nearly 50 years old, and pro-life sentiment shows no signs of receding. Indeed, poll data show that opinions about legal abortion have remained very stable since Roe. Abortion stands out from other so-called social issues, such as same-sex marriage, for which liberal or non-traditional views have seen a marked increase in support. This is because opposition to abortion is perhaps the only traditional social-issue viewpoint that fits neatly into the modern moral framework that prioritizes individual rights and choice.
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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.