Our world has changed immensely since the 1970s: computers no longer fill an entire room, we donâ€™t play records with a needle, and we can watch a fetus that weighs less than a few paper clips as her heart beats while she sleeps inside her motherâ€™s womb.
The abortion debate has also changed since the seventies. The original argument was that a woman had the right to her own body. That the child growing within was not a child at all, but a mass of tissue, therefore she had a right to have it removed and no government had the right to tell her otherwise.
Over three decades later, we now argue over the ethics of late term abortion, whether a baby is entitled to medical services if she survives the abortionistâ€™s assault, if a minorâ€™s parents must be notifiedâ€”and if abortion should be included in a new government health care system.
In a strange twist, under a president who says he would never want his daughters â€œpunishedâ€ with a pregnancy, and his presidential clout on the line with a massive health care takeover; the Speaker of the House betrays her radical base after a call from Rome.
Pelosiâ€™s health care bill passed, but the abortion issue could bring a democratic stalemate that defeats it in the end. The stage is set for a defining battle.
Beinart hit a very important point:
â€œAre pro-choice people winning the argument out there in the country? On gay rights you can see that itâ€™s moving in the progressive direction; slowly, not as fast as youâ€™d like. On abortion the public opinion is not moving in the pro-choice direction.â€
â€œMaybe itâ€™s because people take it for granted. They [donâ€™t] remember a world where abortion was [illegal]â€”maybe itâ€™s because of the technology, and you can see the ultra sounds. For whatever reason, thatâ€™s the larger problem.â€
â€œI think weâ€™ve won the argument. I think most people are pro-choice. I believe that they know very clearly that they donâ€™t want politicians in this decision.â€
Then Matthews quickly interjects:
â€œThen why are we subsidizing it?â€
Herein lays the rub and the possible defeat of the health care initiative all together.
The womenâ€™s movement that championed abortion in the seventies no longer holds the allegiance of an entire generation, they donâ€™t feel oppressed, they feel no need to burn their bras, and they have grown up in a world of EPT (Early Pregnancy Test) and ultra-sound.
Jill Stanek, a nurse that has dedicated her life to the pro-life movement after she cradled an aborted baby for hours until it died in Christâ€™s Hospital Chicago IL, agreed with Beinart that technology has played a major part in the debate.
Stanek told NewsReal:
â€œNot only is the public more informed, but post-abortive women are not coming forward in support of abortion. Instead they are saying that abortion hurt them mentally, physically and emotionally.â€
This knowledge combined with aÂ general public sentiment against government funding of abortion, makes for a hard sell even within the Democrat Party.
After losing ground with the passage of the Stupak amendment, the left are galvanizing a coalition of groups including theÂ Service Employees International Union, MoveOn.org, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign and the Center for American Progress and Planned Parenthood.
Speaker Pelosi may have won her first battle by pacifying the pro-life Catholic community, but has she created a war within her own party? Will Christians in general, both Protestant and Catholic be the target of the Leftâ€™s fury over the abortion issue in health care and inadvertently kill the initiative with friendly fire?
The stage is set for the abortion issue to make or break the democratâ€™s health care dream a reality.