We remember it well. The date is etched in every pro-life person's mind. We know it as well as December 7, 1941 or 9/11. January 22, 1973. The day the Supreme Court of the United States offered its Roe v Wade decision and foisted upon America, abortion on demand. They ignored history. They ignored science. They ignored morality. And they ignored constitutional continuity. They invented a new right. The right to privacy.
Justice Byron White, one of two dissenting justices (William Rehnquist was the other) stated it well in his dissenting opinion:
find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the
court's judgment. The court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional
right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its
action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing
state abortion statutes."
Now, forty two years later, we have experienced over 57,000,000 deaths of unborn children as well as countless deaths of pregnant mothers at the hands of a greedy, profit-driven, money making abortion industry. The mental anguish of women (and men) exploited by abortion and the subsequent culture of violence created by Roe is another telling hallmark of this heinous case.
Roe v. Wade made it legal to destroy a developing baby within the womb of its mother during all 9 months of pregnancy. By sanctioning the legal killing of innocent babies, the Supreme Court also slaughtered the noble dignity of a once great nation.
In many ways, we have accomplished much. In my own state of Missouri, I remember occasionally picketing the abortion provider Planned Parenthood near 46th & Troost in Kansas City. It no longer provides abortions. Neither does Columbia; nor does Springfield. Planned Parenthood of St. Louis if the only abortion provider in Missouri. Just one clinic. But one clinic too many.
Abortion is still a vibrant and functioning part of the American culture. While most abortionists prefer to keep their trade rather private, there is still little shame on the part of many in advancing this barbarism. The President didn't bat much of an eye in his State of Union speech on Tuesday with his smoke and mirror gobbledygook.
We still may not agree on a woman's right to choose, but surely we can agree it's a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care she needs.
By "the healthcare she needs" the President means the Obamacare fiasco forcing religious entities as well as private citizens to pay for women's abortions. And no, that is not a good thing. It is not good for the developing baby or even the mental and physical health of the mother; it is not a good thing for person's of pro-life conscience, and it is not a good thing for our nation.
The Republican party, once the unashamed advocate for the unborn, abandoned this week, legislation that would have protected babies in the fifth to ninth months of development from the pain of an abortion.
So let us remember today. Let us remember the decision that ended dignity in America.