Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Google Trends Suggest Historic Moment in Abortion Debate

Four short months ago, we reported that according to Google Trends, interest in abortion was at a 15-year high. News about permissive late-term abortion laws in New York and (nearly) Virginia earlier this year, together with federal legislative efforts to ban infanticide when babies survive abortion, drove more abortion-related keyword searches than at any point since the 2004 election.

That record has already been shattered (click to enlarge). 

Pro-life legislative efforts in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and elsewhere; the possibility of Missouri becoming the first abortion-free state since Roe, if the courts allow it to close the dangerous St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility; Democratic candidates competing to out-abortion each other in the 2020 presidential primary... all of these things and more have combined to create a perfect storm of media coverage. People who normally prefer to sit out the debate are forced to take notice.

With the caveat that correlation is not causation, this could be related to the latest Gallup poll (taken May 1-12) showing a positive trend in favor of prenatal rights. "Pro-life" now holds a 3-point advantage over "pro-choice," and the percentage of Americans who say abortion should be "illegal in all circumstances" or "legal in only a few circumstances" is up 7 points since last year. This is in spite of Google's alleged manipulation of abortion-related search results to disadvantage grassroots pro-life organizations like Live Action.

I can't help but feel that we are living in a moment that will make the history books. But history is written by the victors. Are you prepared to contribute a chapter?

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