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Saturday, March 17, 2007

People ages 18 to 25 "give every indication of being attentive to the moral issues at stake: they aren't willing to ignore what is troubling about abortion..."
Perhaps the myth-makers and their fog are dissipating at last...
Although 18- to 25-year-olds are the "least Republican generation" and "less religious than their elders," they are "slightly to the right of the general public" on abortion-related issues, The New York Times Magazine reports. According to the Times Magazine, 50% of people in the age group support some restrictions on access to abortion and 15% support banning abortion. About one-third support making the procedure "generally available," compared with 35% of 50- to 64-year-olds. [People ages 18 to 25] "give every indication of being attentive to the moral issues at stake: they aren't willing to ignore what is troubling about abortion and what is equally troubling about intolerant exclusion," the Times Magazine reports.

"[M]aybe there are signs here that Gen Nexters are primed to do in the years ahead what their elders have so signally failed to manage: actually think beyond their own welfare to worry about — of all things — the next generation. For when you stop to consider it, at the core of Gen Nexters' seemingly discordant views on these hot-button issues could be an insistence on giving priority to children's interests. Take seriously the lives you could be creating: the Gen Next wariness of abortion sends that message." (Hulbert, New York Times Magazine, 3/11).
Friend and reader Jane D. alerted us to this, originally for posting on our sister blog, Abortion Pundit.

But the bolded line above is why I posted it here, on After Abortion. I think "what's troubling about abortion" is so much more than the putting-last-if-at-all of the priority of children's interests, as dire as that is (note that even The Times nails the American penchant for narcissistic carnality with its choice of headline "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" and choice of photo).

I think--no, I know--what's troubling about abortion also includes the psychological and physical harm it does and has done to so many of us. And the young adults of Gen Next are becoming more and more aware of this, many firsthand. I hear from enough of them to believe this. Of course, The New York Times refuses to see or acknowledge this, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

So I put this post here, so that women (and men) coming here looking for help after their abortions might realize that, at least among 18 to 25 year olds, there are more compassionate hearts and helping hands out there than the mainstream media, the abortion industry and advocates want you to believe.

The above is a combination excerpt from The New York Times Magazine and the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report.

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