Once Americans were forced to consider the ugly reality of a procedure where full-term babies are partially delivered breech (meaning feet first) so that the brain could be suctioned out, support for abortion?not just partial-birth?plummeted.
Since 2001, roughly the same number of people polled by Gallup identified themselves as ?pro-choice? as ?pro-life,? a seismic shift in public opinion in just six years.
Most Americans now find abortion morally wrong when done in any type of procedure, and only one-third think that ending the life of the unborn child is morally acceptable, according to a Gallup poll released last summer.
Perhaps the most logical explanation is that more and more people recognize the core nature of abortion. Even the most common procedures, such as ?suction curettage? (typically performed in the first trimester) or ?dilation and evacuation? (usually done in the second and third trimesters), are too horrifying to fathom.
As described by pregnantpause.org, ?suction curettage? is where an abortionist inserts into a woman's dilated cervix a tube with a sharp edge on it that "is connected to a suction device, similar to a home vacuum cleaner but much more powerful. Between the sharp edge and the force of the suction, the developing baby is torn apart and the pieces sucked out through the tube.?
Even more gruesome is ?dilation and evacuation.? From pregnantpause.org: ?A seaweed-based substance called ?laminaria? is inserted into the cervix to dilate it, usually overnight. The next day forceps with sharp metal teeth are inserted and used to twist and tear off the unborn baby's limbs and remove them piece-by-piece. The head is usually too large to be removed whole and must be crushed.?
It?s not difficult to see why the more the details of abortion creep into the public debate, the more pro-life Americans become. It?s only natural. Abortion?s ?ok??as long as it is just a ?choice.?
When people are forced to think about the details inherent in an abortion, however, fewer and fewer people support ?choice? when they realize what that ?choice? actually entails?and fewer still will celebrate the abortionist ?holiday.?
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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