Communications Department

Roe v. Wade: 40 Years Too Many

Jan 22, 2013 | 2013 Press Releases

Right-to-life movement remains committed to helping mothers and children

WASHINGTON – As the nation observes the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Boltondecisions legalizing abortion for any reason and throughout pregnancy, National Right to Life, the nation’s oldest and largest national pro-life organization, is encouraging right-to-life activists from coast-to-coast to redouble their efforts on behalf of mothers and their unborn children.

The following statement may be attributed to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life:

Abortion-on-demand, which has claimed the lives of more than 55 million unborn children, has remained the law of the land for 40 years. Roe is a sad commentary on our society’s attitudes toward women and their unborn children. Instead of helping and empowering mothers, our society funnels them to the nearest abortion clinic.

In our society, no mother should ever feel like abortion is her only option and no unborn child should ever be considered ‘expendable.’ Yet every year, abortion takes the lives of more than 1.2 million unborn children, leaving their mothers susceptible to emotional and physical risks – and all of this is done under the banners of ‘choice’ and ‘reproductive freedom.’

These terms, and their deadly consequences, not only degrade women, they dehumanize all humankind. Roe is an assault on the very foundation of our country–the principle that life is the most fundamental of all human rights.

The right-to-life movement remains more committed than ever to protecting unborn children and providing compassionate, life-affirming alternatives to their mothers.

Our humanity is not defined by the atrocities that have been committed throughout history, but by the shining light of those who recognize injustice and refuse to be complicit through silence. What profoundly scares abortion supporters gives us enormous confidence in the future: young people are more and more pro-life.

As the next generation stands up for mothers and their unborn children, we know that the days of Roe are numbered.

Founded in 1968, National Right to Life, the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.