On a recent episode of “Morning Joe” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough stated that young Americans are pro-life simply because of science, and he’s exactly right. Scarborough was discussing a possible shift in the public eye with regards to gun control and compared it to how younger generations have changed and differ sharply with older demographics on the issue of abortion.
“You are seeing poll numbers move on abortion for banning abortions after 20 weeks,” he said. “Why? Because for the past decade, younger Americans have been going in and they have been seeing 3-D imagery where they can look into the womb. If some activist said, ‘Your child is a lump,’ I must tell you, I’ve had four kids, I’ve never once had a doctor go to me, ‘we’ve got your lump, let me show you your lump, look at your lump’s profile.’ This is an example of science, technology changing that is going to change the politics of abortion. This is an issue that culturally is going to change. Americans, younger voters are going to become more conservative on abortion because they see their child very early on in the womb.”
According to the Washington Post, “young voters are overwhelmingly liberal on social issues like gay marriage and drug legalization, but… the opposite is true when it comes to abortion. More details from the Washington Post:
Polling and research conducted by the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, a newly launched initiative by Students for Life of America, found a majority of millennials support increasing restrictions on abortion, even if many of them do not identify as “pro-life.”
This trend has been increasing as far back as 2012, when Nancy Keenan (then President of NARAL Pro Choice America) resigned citing “the emerging pro-life generation with Newsweek and said her concern is that abortion advocates are dominated by women over the age of 50 and that younger generations aren’t filling the ranks of pro-abortion groups the same way young pro-life advocates are getting involved in the pro-life community,” according to Lifenews.
Currently, Planned Parenthood boasts of having “over 300 campus groups across the country.” In comparison, Students for Life has 1,031 student groups in 49 states.
As Live Action News, so aptly points out, science can’t be denied. At just 22 days, the baby’s heart begins to beat. A baby’s brain waves can be measured by six weeks. Thankfully, young people aren’t willing to turn their head the other way when faced with these scientific facts.