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Pro-Choice Twilight Years

By on 5.18.10 | 3:35PM

More evidence has emerged of the graying of the pro-choice movement and the contrasting youth of the pro-life cause. A new Gallup Poll shows that Americans in the 18- to 29-year-old demographic are more likely than Baby Boomers to believe abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.

They also oppose abortion, across the board, in greater numbers than their elders.

A recent issue of Newsweek (of all publications) put an exclamation point on pro-choicers’ waning influence, courtesy of some feminist opining (emphasis mine):

This past January, when [NARAL president Nancy] Keenan’s train pulled into Washington’s Union Square, a few blocks from the Capitol, she was greeted by a swarm of anti-abortion-rights activists. It was the 37th March for Life, organized every year on Jan. 22, the anniversary of [Roe v. Wade]. “I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” Keenan recalled. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.” March for Life estimates it drew 400,000 activists to the Capitol this year. An anti-Stupak rally two months earlier had about 1,300 attendees.

Later in the article, another NARAL’er complains that ultrasounds have “helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being.” Darn that youth and technology!

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