Do We Seriously Not Realize That We Are Winning?

From Time's coverage.

The Jan. 14 cover of Time Magazine states,  “40 Years Ago, Abortion-rights Activists won an Epic Victory With Roe v. Wade. They’ve Been Losing Ever Since. “

Of course Time magazine is right. It is axiomatic, it is the story of our times, it is the thing every pro-lifer knows: We’re winning this battle.

I can’t understand why colleagues of mine are doubting this.

True, the Time article’s tone is absurdly out of touch, pretending that  “the bad guys are taking our rights away. “ But it does point to some of the salient evidence. And yes, the article is playing a game, as Carol Tobias of the National Right to Life points out.

But abortion is a huge winning issue for us, and we should never forget that.

In 2008, Gallup recorded the first majority of Americans — 51% —willing to call themselves  “pro-life. “ In 2012, Gallup recorded the lowest mark ever of people willing to call themselves pro-choice — 41%.

Drill down in the May 2012 Gallup abortion poll and you find  about 3 in 5 respondents want abortion to be illiegal in  “all “ or most circumstances.

Polls show what the March for Life dynamics suggests: After 40 years, the pro-abortion activist energy is depleted and scarce and pro-life energy is young and robust. In Gallup, by more than 3 to 1 margin, those dissatisfied with the abortion laws want them stricter, not more lax.

Seven in 10 support 24-hour waiting periods. More than 7 in 10 want parental consent. Three in 5 support partial-birth aboriton bans. Nearly 9 out of 10 want patients told the risks of abortion — and nearly 9 out of 10 want patients informed about abortion alternatives.

These aren’t just theoretical polling positions, either. State Houses are taking people at their word and getting results.

This 2011 story lists all the pro-life achievements that year.  In 2012, states didn’t rest from pro-life initiatives.  Dozens of states have rejected pro-abortion Obamacare provisions.

Why are we winning? Because pro-lifers are tirelessly doing the right thing. They are serving the needs of women, they are publicly protesting this horror, and they are spreading the facts of abortion.

Pro-lifers need to see the consequences of our actions: We are changing hearts and minds.

Now is not the time to celebrate the end of the race, but it certainly isn’t time to deny that we are winning it.

Not only is abortion a winning issue for us, it is a huge opportunity for us. As I wrote elsewhere, by stressing abortion, and pushing forwarded on our winning strategy there, we can change hearts and minds in ways we don’t dare dream of.

Pro-lifers, don’t believe the dark tone of the Time magazine article, but take heart in that cover: Yes, we are winning. Of course we are. In the age of ultrasounds, abortion’s days are numbered.

Let’s finish the job.


Tom Hoopes is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications department and edits the college’s Catholic identity speech digest, The Gregorian.



9 thoughts on “Do We Seriously Not Realize That We Are Winning?

  1. Please take part in your local 40 Days for Life!

  2. abadilla says:

    “Pro-lifers need to see the consequences of our actions: We are changing hearts and minds.”
    I pray and hope so this is true because my wife and I have been fighting this fight since 1974 and I rarely meet a student of mine who is pro-death and that tells me the future of the pro-life movement is assured even after I’m dead!

  3. JeffSt says:

    “Why are we winning?”

    Because we are siding with truth, and truth prevails over time. The truth is that human life is sacred and worth protecting.

  4. Dear Pro-Life Friend
    I ask your help to popularise an anti=abortion theme
    song , Because conventional songs rumble and revebrate in extremely large crowds
    (Washington Mall). the most successful folk song/hymns have been limited to
    repetition of two verses (with arms overhead waving first left and the right
    with the second verse.
    “We shall overcome….we shall overcome
    “All we are asking….give peace a chance” FANTASTICALLY
    Folk singers build on each others work… Read Guthrie , Seeger
    I propose as our Pro- life Folk song//chanthymn/theme :

    “ALL WE

    this simple message can be followed if
    necessary by:
    “We shall overcome..etc” but it complicates tha

    To have a successful chant you must KEEP IT SIMPLE
    convey my gift of song to the Pro-life friends..
    ..Raymond j

  5. Tom, what is your opinion regarding the post written by PIa de Solenni?

    1. Tom Hoopes says:

      We’re noticing the same facts. She is looking at the hard road ahead that we have yet to travel; I’m looking at the hard road behind us that we have gotten through.

  6. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pro-lifer and I would love to be winning. But positive polls and state regulations that chip away at a few abortions aside, we have something like 1.1-1.2 million abortions a year in this country and Obama’s re-election basically guarantees Roe will remain the law of the land for our lifetime and maybe forever. It just doesn’t feel like winning.

    1. Tom Hoopes says:

      The way cultural change works, the goal looks far off until you reach it. First you get a majority, then you creep up until you hit a tipping point. Once you hit the tipping point (not sure what the percentage is), it feels like the culture changes overnight. Civil rights looked far off throughout the 1960s, and then suddenly it was the only acceptable opinion.

      We pro-lifers have gotten the majority. If we push the majority up to the tipping point, we will find that pro-life has become the only acceptable opinion.

      Elsewhere ( ) I have tried to articulate how abortion is a “gateway” issue; when people change their position on abortion, other issues follow. I believe abortion is the Achilles Heel of the left, and the biggest (only?) opportunity we have to move the culture back toward pro-family morality.

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