Forty-five years ago on January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court took away the rights of the states to determine the abortion issue. They ‘discovered’ the right to privacy in the United States Constitution and forced abortion on the entire country. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, finding that a “right of privacy” it had earlier discovered was “broad enough to encompass” a right to abortion and adopting a trimester scheme of pregnancy. In the first trimester, a state could enact virtually no regulation. In the second trimester, the state could enact some regulation, but only for the purpose of protecting maternal “health.” In the third trimester, after viability, a state could ostensibly “proscribe” abortion, provided it made exceptions to preserve the life and “health” of the woman seeking abortion. Issued on the same day, Doe v. Bolton defines “health” to mean “all factors” that affect the woman, including “physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”
Almost 60 million babies have died since that terrible day in 1973. To put this in perspective, just over one million soldiers have died in all the wars America has been involved in since 1776! Some laws have been passed to protect some babies, but this is not enough – as is evidenced by Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of the common senses dismemberment abortion ban that was passed in the PA legislature last fall and the continued push by a certain political party for unrestricted abortion. Abortion is NOT health care!
Earlier this week the National Right to Life worked against the Heartbeat bill (HR 490) and pushed for the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (HR 4712) in Congress. So, during this Sanctity of Life Month which is the better of the two bills — the one that does not prevent one abortion (HR 4712), but simply does not give the doctor a second chance at killing the baby if he or she survives an abortion or the Heartbeat Bill (HR 490) which would protect from abortion every pre-born child whose heartbeat can be heard? The US House has decided to take the easy road out and vote on HR 4712 before the March for Life instead of the Heartbeat Bill. HR 4712 will probably pass in the House, but be allowed to die in the Republican-controlled Senate!
Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, has posted that he will not be at the March for Life this year. One of the reasons is ” And, more than anything, I am fed up with a pro-life movement whose sole function has become electing Republicans, rather than fighting to save every life we possibly can.” Partially in response to the National Right to Life pushing HR 4712, the only national group that does not support the Heartbeat Bill, Newman states, ” . . . as sickened as I am by abortion, I am nearly as sickened by the ineffectiveness of the pro-life movement’s supposed “efforts” to combat it.”
In a 2009 New York Times interview US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals her thoughts on abortion align very closely to those of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.”
Thankfully the 1980 Harris v. McRae court decision upheld the Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of Medicaid for abortions.
The pro-life movement must unit for one purpose — to end all abortions! The blood of sixty million innocent babies stains this great nation and we can never expect God to bless America until this issue is resolved once and for all.