I would hope that mothers do decide to keep their babies, but I just want women to be able to make up their own minds.'' One reason there may be less support for abortion among the young is that they are less likely to imagine having to consider an abortion, because teenage pregnancy rates are down.
The pregnancy rate among girls age 15 to 19 declined 19 percent between 19, to 94 pregnancies per 1,000 girls from 116 per 1,000, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
'' We've realized that any one of us could have been aborted.'' Margaret Watson, a junior at Rutgers University who recently started an abortion rights group on campus, RU Choice, said that because the historical circumstances surrounding Roe v.
Wade are distant, her peers take the right to an abortion for granted.
A New York Times/CBS News poll in January found that among people 18 to 29, the share who agree that abortion should be generally available to those who want it was 39 percent, down from 48 percent in 1993.'' Abortion isn't a rights issue -- it's become for increasing numbers of young people a moral, ethical issue,'' said Henry Brady, a professor of political science and public policy at the University of California at Berkeley who has taken surveys in this area.
'' They haven't faced a situation where they couldn't get an abortion.'' Experts offer a number of reasons why young people today seem to favor stricter abortion laws than their parents did at the same age.
One of the main sacrifices you can give is the gift of a child to a deserving couple.'' The most commonly cited reason for the increasingly conservative views of young people is their receptiveness to the way anti-abortion campaigners have reframed the national debate, shifting the emphasis from a woman's rights to the rights of the fetus.
Abortion opponents celebrated on March 13 when the Senate passed a ban on a procedure that its critics call partial-birth abortion; the bill is expected to pass the House quickly and be signed by President Bush, and to immediately face a court challenge.
The pro-life side figured out that this is about children, whereas the pro-choice movement is focused on women and choice.'' Some young people who oppose abortion, and who were born after the Roe v.
Wade decision in 1973 declared that there is a constitutional right to abortion, have adopted a new rhetoric.