For Immediate Release: January 22, 2010
Contact: Diane Gramley 1.814.271.9078 or 1.814.437.5355
Thirty-eight Years of Killing Our Nation’s Babies – Enough is Enough
(Harrisburg) – Thirty-eight years ago today 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. Prior to that time some states had legalized abortion, while others protected their most vulnerable citizens – babies in their mother’s womb. The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide group that advocates for life, marriage and family, appeals to our policy makers to write laws to overturn the decisions that legalized the murder of babies where they should be safest.
“In 2009 Americans United for Life ranked Pennsylvania the most pro-life state in the nation. The very disturbing discoveries in Philadelphia over the last week shows the true face of abortion and even the most pro-life state in the nation is still killing babies in the most gruesome manners,” noted Diane Gramley, President of the AFA of PA.
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” 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.”
Over 52,000,000 babies have been killed in abortions since 1973. If only half of that number was in the work force contributing towards Social Security, it would not be facing the financial dilemma it currently faces.
“The Supreme Court’s 1973 decisions are examples of supreme judicial activism. They forced states to legalize abortion at all stages of a pre-born baby’s life. Up to that time 31 states only allowed an abortion to save the life of the mother, while the other states had more liberalized laws. Open season was declared on America’s youngest citizens,” Gramley continued.
Those advocating for the legalization of abortion assured us that abortions would be rare and all children born in the US would be loved and wanted because mothers now had a choice when they became pregnant. We were also told that the legalization of abortion would prevent the 10,000 or more back ally abortions performed in the United States each year. But the facts show quite the opposite.
In 2007, approximately 5.8 million children were involved in an estimated 3.2 million child abuse reports and allegations. Fifty-nine percent of those cases involved neglect.
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. Today, Dr. Nathanson is a pro-life author and activist.
“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.”
“The 1973 Supreme Court decisions have allowed our nation’s children to be killed in utero by chemicals, dismemberment, scissors to the back of the head and their brains suctioned out. What nation that calls itself civilized would permit this to continue?” questioned Gramley.
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