The face of the anti-abortion movement has changed in recent years, shifting from the evangelical preachers of the past to today’s increasingly common young, female anti-abortion activist.
Groups like Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, Students for Life and Susan B. Anthony List have grown increasingly popular in recent years and put a more feminine face on the abortion debate, says a recent article published by The Washington Post.
The significance of the shift, the article says, is a major change in the way abortion is discussed. The traditional anti-abortion mantra was often rooted in religious value and rights of the fetus — but that made it difficult for those against the practice to defend themselves in arguments from the other side that poor, single mothers-to-be should have the “choice” to terminate their pregnancies for the sake of the child’s and the mother’s quality of life.
Now, with women at the forefront of the abortion debate, the word “choice” may effectively be taken from the left as many of these women demonstrate their choice by example, choosing to have the children and accept difficulties, according to the report.
The article reports that in recent years, the changing anti-abortion movement has made great strides in getting tough abortion rules passed in cities and States throughout the country. The ultimate goal remains overturning Roe v. Wade.