Communications Department

Roe v. Wade: 36 Years of Death and Destruction

Jan 22, 2009 | 2009 Press Releases

Pro-Lifers Prepare to Battle Pro-Abortion Agenda

WASHINGTON – From coast to coast, pro-lifers are marking the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which legalized abortion for any reason, even as a method of birth control. Since 1973, these decisions have resulted in the death of more than 50 million unborn children.

“We mourn the deaths of 50 million unborn babies that were the tragic consequence of these decisions,” said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., president of National Right to Life. “Sadly, under the Obama Administration, we can expect a radical agenda which would cause this number to increase dramatically.

In consultation with a coalition of pro-abortion groups, which submitted a 55-page outline of pro-abortion policies to the Obama transition team, the Obama Administration has an agenda designed to repeal many, if not all, of the pro-life policies in place at the state and federal level.

Through their extreme agenda, the Administration wants to fund organizations that perform and promote abortion; force employer health insurance plans to cover abortion; force hospitals and health care professionals to provide abortions; and enact the so-called “Freedom of Choice Act” – a bill that would invalidate virtually all state and federal laws restricting abortion, including parental notification laws, and which would make partial-birth abortion legal again.

Also among their primary targets is the Hyde Amendment, named for the late Congressman Henry J. Hyde (R-IL). The Hyde Amendment prevents tax dollars from being used to pay for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. It has been estimated that the Hyde Amendment has saved at least one million lives, and quite possibly two million or more.

“It is absolutely vital that pro-lifers across the country come together to defeat President Obama’s abortion agenda. The stakes have never been higher, but our resolve and determination to protect unborn children and help their mothers has never been stronger,” Franz said.

The National Right to Life Committee is the nation’s largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide. National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Statement by Dr. Wanda Franz – January 22, 2009
Statement by David N. O’Steen, Ph.D. – January 22, 2009
Statement by Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D. – January 22, 2009
Statement by Raimundo Rojas – January 22, 2009