abortion and the young voters

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    Millennials are more likely than their boomer parents to see abortion as a moral issue. In the NARAL focus groups, young voters flat-out disapproved of a woman's abortion, called her actions immoral, yet maintained that the government had absolutely no right to intervene. As one young woman in Denver said, "I only get mad when [a friend] tries telling me, 'It is like nothing, oh well, it is just an abortion.'?" It wasn't the abortion itself that seemed to trouble the woman; rather, it was her friend's nonchalance. "Even if it was like nothing," the woman told NARAL, "it was something."

    Certainly, the anti-abortion movement helped fuel this shift in the attitudes of the young by reframing the abortion debate around the fetus rather than the pregnant woman. Millennials also came of age as ultrasounds provided increasingly clear pictures of fetal development. "The technology has clearly helped to define how people think about a fetus as a full, breathing human being," admits former NARAL president Kate Michelman. "The other side has been able to use the technology to its own end." Thirty-eight states now consider it a separate crime to kill a fetus in an act of aggression against a pregnant woman, and just last week Nebraska banned abortions after 20 weeks because of the possibility that the fetus could feel pain.

    Yet, despite this trend, Americans are still largely on NARAL's side. Since 1975 yearly Gallup polls have found that public support for legal abortion in at least some circumstances hovers between 75 and 85 percent. Even among young people, NARAL found that 61 percent were "pro-choice," supporting legal abortion in "all cases" or "most cases." So the challenge is not necessarily shoring up support for the cause but convincing the next generation that legal abortion is vulnerable. If they don't act to protect it—in the voting booth, at a rally, or with their checkbooks—it could well fade away with the postmenopausal militia.

    Why Young Voters Are Lukewarm on Abortion Rights - Newsweek.com

    is the lack of concern about abortion rights with the young...just the fact that pill induced abortion are just too easy for them? will they simply take it for granted like they do most things?
     
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    I didn't get the impression from the article that there was a lack of concern about abortion rights with young people. It seems they have their heads on straight concerning the reasons keeping it legal and a woman's choice, not that of bureaucrats or lobbyists for religious groups.

    It's interesting to note that ultra sound has changed the perception of what a fetus is without causing more people to dismiss the fact that it's part of another human being to whom it belongs.

    I thing young adults have lots on their minds these days but will not take anything so serious as the right to abort for granted.
     
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    Its basically a libetarian viewpoint. Something can be morally wrong, but the goverment does not have the right to prevent it.
     

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