Especially now that Barack Obama has been elected president, some abortion foes are shifting their focus from banning to reducing the number of abortions in the country, according to the Washington Post.
Some of the activists are actually working with abortion rights advocates to push for legislation in Congress that would provide pregnant women with health care, child care and money for education — services that could encourage them to continue their pregnancies.
Their efforts, they said, reflect the political reality that legal challenges to abortion rights will not be successful, especially after Barack Obama’s victory this month in the presidential election and the defeat of several ballot measures that would have restricted access to abortions. Although the activists insist that they are not retreating from their belief that abortion is immoral and should be outlawed, they argue that a more practical alternative is to try to reduce abortions through other means.
A study sponsored by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good cited recent research showing that abortions among women living below the poverty line are more than four times that of women above 300 percent of the poverty level. The authors of the study found that social services like benefits for pregnant women and mothers and cash assistance to low-income families helped significantly reduce abortions in the United States the past two decades.
Still, the most virulent abortion foes say nothing less than a ban is acceptable to them. But the more practical and mixed coalition of abortion rights activists and foes have kept it together by focusing on the socioeconomic issues rather than hot-button topics like contraception and sex education.