Thursday, January 24, 2008

Planned Parenthood's ( Custer's?) Last Stand

According to a Wall Street Journal story, Planned Parenthood has announced plans to enter the political arena (I didn't know they weren't already involved in some shape or form.) with a $10 million campaign to persuade 1 million voters to vote for pro-abortion candidates. I'm told this is to be combined with the $46 million plus Emily's List expects to spend on pro-abortion candidates and NARAL's $10 million.

It strikes me as a sign of desperation. Public opinion is steadily moving in the pro-life direction especially among young people. The recent pro-life rally in DC saw an unusually large number of young people involved. The number of pro-life bills introduced in state legislatures was up by 50% in 2007 over 2006. And the number of abortions have dropped to their lowest level in 30 years.

Planned Parenthood sees the writing on the wall and is making it's last stand in the political arena. The battle over these issues is ultimately won or lost in the culture. As Abraham Lincoln once said in his first debate with Stephen Douglas, "...public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed."

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