Liberals are incensed yet again.
And why not. It’s hard to recall a time when conservatives so quickly delivered a series of such sharp, effective blows against the left’s agenda.
Within recent weeks, we’ve seen:
- Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and GOP lawmakers in the Legislature taking down Disney’s home-rule status.
- That emerged from DeSantis and GOP lawmakers stepping up against sexual indoctrination of our youngest public school children.
- Billionaire Elon Musk acquiring Twitter and promising to make it a neutral platform for speech.
- The Libs of Tik Tok account on Twitter almost doubled its following just days after The Washington Post did a smear doxxing job on the account’s previously anonymous owner.
Now, it is the leaked opinion signaling that a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to rip out the rickety legal underpinning of the Roe v. Wade decision that has made abortion legal nationally for 49 years.
The draft of that document showed the majority believed Roe “was egregiously wrong from the start,” as Justice Samuel Alito wrote. The majority further maintained that the landmark case “must be overruled.” “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
But there is a curious sidebar to the meltdown on the left. They are defending a receding institution.
As The Washington Times reported Tuesday, “Liberal alarm in the U.S. over the future of Roe v. Wade may have never been higher, thanks to the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion this week, but the nation’s abortion rate since the 1973 case was decided has never been lower.”
“After peaking in 1980 at 29.3 procedures per 1,000 women,” the Ties continued, “the U.S. abortion rate has steadily declined. In 2019, it fell to a historic low of 11.4, below the 13.5 per 1,000 women in 1973, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a November report.”
Between 2010 and 2019, the number of reported abortions dropped by 18 percent, as America’s population increased by about 20 million.
Despite the drop, the most recent number still shows a horrific outcome, the Times noted, as American women still aborted about 630,000 children.
And the numbers are likely higher. The Times noted that three states, one of them being California, did not report their data to the CDC.
Yet, as conservative columnist Erick Erickson put it on social media, “You’re more likely to know a married gay couple than to know someone who has had an abortion.”
The Times attributed the drop to the fact that fewer women are getting pregnant. The paper cited a report by the pro-abortion think tank Alan Guttmacher Institute, which noted in a 2017 report, “Abortion restrictions were not the main driver of the decline in the U.S. abortion rate between 2011 and 2017. Rather, the decline in abortions appears to be related to declines in births and pregnancies overall.”
Still, the Times pointed out that attitudes have shifted.
Gallup periodically asks people if they are pro-choice or pro-life. In 1995, the pro-choice side led 56 percent to 33 percent. In 2021, it was 49 percent to 47 percent. But that came after the 2019 survey, when more people identified as pro-life. The two sides have not been more than three points apart since 2015.
“Opinion has shifted, despite the fact that the majority of mainstream media has basically been doing radical abortion advocacy,” Ryan Bomberger, a co-founder of the pro-life Radiance Foundation, told the Times. “It’s hard to imagine that we’re actually breaking through, but public opinion has changed.”
Even at the Supreme Court.