|4/28/2013 12:26:00 PM|
Fight for 'little guy,' not abortion industrial complex
Catholic News Service
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, is pictured during a 2012 St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Pro-life Democrats in New York succeeded in convincing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to add support for pregnant women back into the state's budget. Cuomo had nixed the budget line in favor of unlimited funding of abortion through Medicaid.
The Democrats succeeded by evoking their party's core value — sticking up for the weak of society, including humans in the womb, instead of helping big business, like the abortion industry.
This truth-talking to power could have wide-ranging impact on the effort to save lives.
In the 1970s and '80s, the Democrats fell all over themselves to stand up for abortion rights. Even a few Republicans like Oregon's own disgraced Bob Packwood, went along. In a PR sleight of phrasing, ending the life of a unborn child became a matter of women's rights.
It's become clear, because of science, that this is no mere women's issue. The genetic code in the unborn child is developed and unique. The unborn child may even be able to feel pain. Any ultrasound shows that a fetus is something more that a lump of tissue.
More and more young people are learning these facts and are becoming pro-life. The last pro-life rally in Portland's Pioneer Square, for example, was dominated by 20- and 30-somethings. A Gallup poll in 2010 showed that pro-lifers are in the majority in the U.S., including among those 18-29, who are the most likely age group to be pro-life.
Politicians should be taking note. The New York budget battle is an early sign that they already are.
The trend could help states ameliorate potential bad effects of the federal health care reform. While the church favors better access to care, it cannot accept increased access to abortion.
Few people know that The Affordable Care Act allows states to prohibit funding of abortion in health care exchanges. Last month, Virginia became the 17th state to restrict abortion funding an exchange. While it seems like a long shot in abortion-friendly Oregon, the chances may improve in the future as the young pro-life electorate makes its voice heard.