Blog Post – This Day in 1973 and How It Changed America
The year 1973 was a terrible year for a baby in his or her mother’s womb. The US Supreme Court decided that a baby’s life was worthless and, in one fell swoop, took away the rights of states to ban abortion.
On this day in 1973 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” or ban 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.”
The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of National Association for Repeal of Abortion Laws, now called National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) revealed the tactics and lies that were used to sway the courts.
“We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures. We succeeded because the time was right and the news media cooperated. We sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions, and fabricated polls which indicated that 85 percent of the public favored unrestricted abortion, when we knew it was only 5 percent. We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements were quoted [by the media] as though they had been written in law.”
Dr. Nathanson, who died in February 2011 at the age of 84, became a pro-life author and activist after he was moved to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child after he watched an unborn baby recoil from a vacuum abortion device before being sucked from its mother’s womb.
Unfortunately, seven of the nine Justices on the US Supreme Court bought into the lies and unborn children in the US have suffered ever since. The stats are startling: 63,459,781 reported abortions since 1973. That averages out to 1.3 million babies killed by abortion annually in the past 48 years or nearly 3,600 daily since January 22, 1973!
In Pennsylvania, 32, 123 babies were killed by abortion in 2020. In 2019 there were 31, 018 abortions in PA. Of those, 187 were performed on girls ages 12 to 15! Were any of these incidences reported to the police? In PA children less than 13 years old cannot grant consent to sexual activity. Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 cannot consent to sexual activity with anyone who is four or more years older than them.
Of course, the above numbers are only abortions that have been reported to the PA Department of Health. Increasingly abortions happen at home via chemicals delivered in the mail! With this vast devaluation of humanity, should it come as a surprise that live babies have been dropped in dumpsters or people casually push someone into the path of an oncoming train? The overall abortion message is “Life is cheap.”