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One step at a time

"One step at a time" Continued...

What about women being able to see their babies on sonograms? Informal studies show decreases in abortion associated with ultrasounds, and the people working in pregnancy care centers see that they can be extremely effective.

Clinic regulation? The story broke earlier this year in Philadelphia of a doctor facing the death penalty for murdering babies after birth. The American people were horrified when they heard of his clinic conditions, but in plenty of other clinics across this country exactly the same thing is going on.

What about the personhood amendment that lost in Mississippi? There is not a pro-lifer out there who does not believe that the unborn baby is a person, but there are different strategies for defending life in law. My AUL colleague Clarke Forsythe (see WORLD, Jan. 29, 2011) was the intellectual architect of fetal homicide laws, now passed in 38 states across the country. They are a very effective way of establishing the personhood of an unborn baby.

The Mississippi amendment would have defined an embryo as a person from the moment of fertilization, but it was very broadly written. That made it easy for the other side to come in and make really wild allegations about what it would do. We are working to educate people, who are energized by the idea of defending the personhood of the unborn, that there are several different ways of going about it.

Twenty years ago pro-life leaders were asking whether younger people would be pro-life. What are you seeing now? The data are clear: This generation of young people is much more pro-life than their parents were. Part of the reason is that we're on the side of science, of technology. This is the post-sonogram generation. The first baby picture in their baby books is a sonogram picture. Sonograms are not just getting stuck on the refrigerator, they're getting put on YouTube and set to music, linked on Facebook, shared via Tumblr and Twitter, and sent all the way around the world in the time it takes to finish the sentence. I love being on our side of the issue!

Listen to a portion of Marvin Olasky's interview with Charmaine Yoest on WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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