The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Growing

Letters to the Editor: Karen Bass is right, abortion is a local issue

Karen Bass

November 10, 2011, 9:40 am

To the Editor:

When the pro-choice movement in California was in the news last week for its strong opposition to Senate Bill 54 that would have overturned Roe v. Wade, I wrote an article about how the “pro-choice” movement did not represent the majority of Californians. I cited the polls by the Public Policy Institute of California, where the statewide poll showed that 55 percent of voters favor restricting abortion access in instances of rape or incest.

With respect, I am sorry for that oversight. I had no idea that the anti-choice movement was growing from coast to coast. As I wrote, “The anti-abortion movement is making inroads into the mainstream.”

I didn’t know that in addition to the anti-choice laws on the books in Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, that California had also passed a law that makes the use of partial birth abortion a crime against women. It is not a criminal offense to kill a fetus that has a beating heartbeat, but a woman who is convicted for trying to kill her baby in that manner could face up to 14 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The law, named the Human Life Amendment, was first enacted in 2006, but the California Supreme Court upheld the law in September 2009. It is now up to a state Senate to overturn the decision by passing a new law that overturns the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that allows for abortion on demand.

I don’t want to be pessimistic or jaded. I believe that the anti-choice movement is growing because the war is lost. Women and couples across America are rejecting the notion that the life of the child is more important than the life of the mother. That is, after all, the message of the anti-abortion movement.

The vast majority of people in this country believe that life begins when the heartbeats of the fetus become detectable. The fact that

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