Though the U.S. demographic future is more skeptical of abortion, and will limit abortion more than it is now (likely bringing it into line with Europe’s far more restrictive abortion laws), future Americans will also make substantial room for choice, especially in difficult situations.
Abortion-rights activists like to tell scary stories about the possibility that women whose lives are threatened or who are victims of sexual violence will be denied abortions, but even nearly 70% of pro-lifers want abortion to be legal in those circumstances.
At bottom, young people simply don’t share the basic assumptions of an outdated abortion debate in which it’s either the mother or the embryo. While they want to limit abortion, young people also want much more social support for women, especially when it comes to their being able to keep their children. They will be the generation to finally bring us things such as mandatory paid paternal leave, affordable child care and strictly enforced gender discrimination laws in the workplace.
In short, they will refuse to choose between protecting mother and embryo.
~ Charles C. Camosy, USA Today, March 23
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