The New York Times is running an op-ed from John Irving that tells abortion supporters exactly what they want to hear — pro-lifers really don’t care about mothers and their children.
Irving is no researcher. He’s just a liberal novelist. He wrote “The Cider House Rules,” which champions abortion and continues to push the canard about pro-lifers. He has undoubtedly never spent time in a Christian crisis pregnancy center. He is undoubtedly never spent time in a Christian adoption agency. He has undoubtedly never spent time in an evangelical church working to support unwed mothers who’ve avoided abortion.
There’s actually interesting data in this piece from the Atlantic on why John Irving and New York Times readers could embrace stereotypes of pro-lifers without ever spending meaningful time around them.
This is just one of many interesting data points. But it also explains why conservative pro-lifers can more fairly and accurately express the views of the pro-abortion community than the other way around. It is why a man like Irving can make his asserts oblivious to the work that actually goes on in the pro-life community. It is why highly educated progressives can nod along with him knowingly when they really don’t know what they are talking about.
These are ignorant people surrounded in a bubble of ignorance designed to do nothing more than tell them their ignorance is knowledge.