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The head of the national pro-life group Life Dynamics says abortion opponents are making progress in their fight to end legalized abortion in America. Mark Crutcher believes no future technology will ever show that the unborn child is not a living human being.


Today marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the infamous 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Pro-lifers are commemorating and protesting the anniversary in Washington, DC, by taking part in the annual "March for Life" on the National Mall. Mark Crutcher, founder and president of the group Life Dynamics, says although pro-lifers cannot yet claim victory, there is reason for optimism.


"There's a lot of people out there who are despondent and think 'Well, 35 years and 50 million babies dead; we're not making progress.' The reality is that we are making progress," Crutcher argues.


He points out that over the last few years, polls have consistently shown a dramatic shift toward the pro-life position. "They also show that the highest pro-life sentiment in the country is among the young," he says of the polls. "Young people are flocking to the pro-life movement. [And] the abortion clinics in this country are shutting down in record numbers." Since 1992, two-thirds of abortion clinics in the U.S. have shut down permanently.


Crutcher says every piece of technology that has come along since Roe v. Wade has favored the pro-life position, the best example of that being the sonogram. And in his opinion, most people overlook the influence that the Internet has had on people's thinking about abortion.


"I don't think it's any coincidence at all that the American people's position on abortion began to change dramatically toward the pro-life side at the same moment that the Internet became a reality," Crutcher suggests. When the Internet came on line, he says, "the godless, leftist, pro-abortion American secular media lost its monopoly on the flow of information" to the American people. "And when that happened, the American people began to a second look at abortion ... and we started winning."


The battle over legalized abortion has now entered a "test of wills phase," says the pro-life leader. "If you'll notice, even the pro-aborts no longer bother to defend abortion. There's no more debates on abortion," says the Life Dynamics founder. "It's now just a matter of who wants it the most -- do we want to stop the killing more than they want to kill. And that's, to me, the bottom line."


Crutcher compares the pro-life movement to a baseball team that's ahead in the seventh inning, but is not guaranteed a win. "We have to keep our back to the wheel, so to speak, and not give the American abortion industry one moment's peace as long as they're slaughtering babies," he urges. "And I think that's the main thing that pro-lifers need to understand."


Ultimately God will deliver the victory and end the scourge of abortion in his time and his way, Crutcher concludes.


Contact: Jim Brown


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Movement making strong gains, victory in sight