Even though the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion has now stood for 40 years, that doesn’t make it “a good law” that should continue to go unchallenged, March for Life President Jeanne Monahan told Red Alert Politics.
“The fact that its been law in the books for 40 years doesn’t make it a good law. I mean, slavery was part of our country’s history for a very many years, but that doesn’t make it a good thing,” Monahan said.
Monahan led the March for Life charge on Friday in Washington, D.C. The march from the National Mall to the Supreme Court drew approximately 500,000 people, yet again making it the largest pro-life demonstration in the world. But even pro-life advocates like Monahan note that the odds of overturning Roe v. Wade aren’t good.
“I don’t see a lot of hope, especially in the next four years with this administration,” she lamented.
Instead, Monahan says,”I put my hope more in young people and in the states’ legislation at this point, at this stage in the game.”
Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins agreed with Monahan that, “The Supreme Court is a pretty difficult way.”
“I know that’s how it came into being, but it might have to go back to the states,” she said.
According to Monahan, legislation discouraging abortion is currently being debated in almost all 50 states.
“New studies show that legislation related to parental involvement to informed consent, and to then restricting government funding for abortion providers makes a significant difference,” she said.
Monahan cited a new regulation Virginia passed in December holding abortion clinics to the same health standards as hospitals as proof that state-level activism is yielding results. Monahan said she considered Virginia’s legislation to be plain “common sense.”
But even at the state level, activists are likely to have difficulties getting legislation approved that substantially restricts abortions. A Rasmussen poll released yesterday morning shows that the only 36 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-life, while 54 percent of Americans consider themselves pro-choice.
Despite the up hill battle, Monahan and other pro-lifers refuse to give up on their cause.
“I think that the other side really felt that after a few years, feelings about abortion would die down…but the opposite has happened,” she pronounced.