"It's been a terrible year for abortion rights-but there is opportunity to be found amid the setbacks."
That's the sober assessment of Michelle Goldberg, writing in Slate about how 2015 went for abortion supporters.
Her article focuses on several things, including the continued trend of prolife legislation passing in states. Michigan is no different.
As we reach the end of 2015, two major initiatives include the Coercive
Abortion Prevention Act (CAPA) and the Dismemberment Abortion Ban are
being considered by our Legislature.
CAPA would add protections
to women who are coerced into having abortions. Dismemberment abortions,
like partial-birth abortions, are violent late-term techniques to end a
The opportunity that Goldberg mentions could be more
of an opportunity for prolifers. Abortion supporters hope that by
talking about abortion more openly, even celebrating it, they can change
In the past, organizations like Planned
Parenthood and pro-abortion politicians have done everything they could
to avoid mentioning abortion. Abortion thrives when it's not talked
about and people don't understand the violence it entails.
In 2016, we must continue to speak the truth about what abortion is. We must continue to teach people about the value of life and the development of the child in the womb. We will celebrate, not lament, the fact that abortions are at their lowest since 1973.