For the longest time the left has used the education system to attempt to hijack the next generation’s beliefs on numerous social issues. Using the pulpit of the school teacher’s classroom, the public school system espouses the values of the Secular Humanist, knowing that if they are patient, the seed that they are planting every day will bring forth fruit.
And in most cases it has paid off well for them.
However, there is one sector that they’ve actually lost ground—and that is in the area of abortion. Younger people consistently poll more pro-life than their parents. I believe that this is partially because the linkage between pro-choice and feminism isn’t as strong with the current generation as it was with the previous, but I also believe that we can credit some of it to the fact that this generation has been influenced by more teaching about what truly is inside the mother’s womb.
You see, when you have a “comprehensive sex education” you don’t simply have discussion of abstinence and various other types of birth control, you have discussions about abortion. In order to discuss abortion as an alternative to child bearing, you have to phrase the discussion as saying that it’s a moral choice.
With abstinence based education, the storyline is clear—it’s not that the young lady is just avoiding getting pregnant, it’s that pregnancy represents life. The focus is on the life inside the woman.
The focus of “comprehensive” is on the girl and her choices.
This is the fundamental struggle, and part of the reason that the pro-choice side is fighting so hard to get abstinence based education out of schools. They realize they are losing the hearts and minds of the next generation, and they don’t like it.