Tuesday, January 18, 2022

America's Darkest Anniversary

Saturday is the anniversary of the horrific Roe v Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. Sixty-three million babies have been killed since that terrible day in 1973. 

People used to be reluctant and embarrassed to talk about abortion. Now, it is open advocacy as was displayed by the Kansas City Star 's front page (below) on January 9th and celebrities bragging about their abortions. California is considering establishing an abortion tourism industry.
According to historians, America hit its zenith -- military power, standard of living for the broad population with relatively little income inequality, et cetera, in 1975. I do not believe it is a coincidence that our nation has been in decline since then. Roe allowed a pernicious evil into our society, has cast a shadow over our politics and elections, and has eaten away our morals like acid. 

On the 49th anniversary of Roe, here as some facts to keep in mind:
  • Abortions performed as a result of rapes are 0.2% of abortions (two per thousand).
  • The combination of abortions because of rape, incest, health of the mother and fetal abnormality represent just 1.2% of abortions (12 of every thousand).
  • 988 out of every thousand abortions are elective. 
  • One in four women in America have had an abortion, a number of them have had multiple abortions.
  • There is now a flourishing underground market for fetal parts (legs, arms, etc.) that is aided by Planned Parenthood. 
We are now at the point where mainstream Democratic politicians openly advocate for murdering children after they are born.     
To be clear, neither I nor any other pro-life person I know would force a woman to keep a baby she doesn't want or is not able to care for. A woman in that situation would receive tremendous graces by giving her child up for adoption. 

As to the libelous, "Pro-life people only care about births, not babies," nothing could be farther than the truth. In every city of any size, networks of pro-life people stand ready to assist the mother and child live stable, fulfilling lives. 

Even strongly liberal legal scholars believe Roe was wrongly decided

Even some notable legal scholars who favor legal elective abortion as a policy have been willing to acknowledge this. Writing in the Yale Law Journal in 1973, the year Roe was decided, John Hart Ely of Harvard Law School (later dean of Stanford Law Schoolderided the decision as “bad because it is bad constitutional law, or rather because it is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.”

And he is not alone. Writing in the Harvard Law Review in 1973, Laurence Tribe explained that “one of the most curious things about Roe is that, behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.”

Meanwhile, Edward Lazarus, a former clerk to Harry Blackmun, the justice who authored Roe, explained that “as a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible.” And it’s worth noting that Lazarus describes himself as “utterly committed to the right to choose.”

While I would be against a letter campaign or something similar to try to influence the Supreme Court's pending decision, I believe all Americans should pray that Roe is overturned and that sanity and morality on this issue should prevail. Yes, there will be areas where abortion will still be legal, but it will be possible to put "guardrails" around it than the unrestricted nature of abortions under Roe. 

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