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Roe v. Wade Has Not Settled Abortion Debate

by | Jan 9, 2015


By Micaiah Bilger, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Roe_v_Wade_Bad_LawIt has been 42 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the issue of abortion in the well-known case Roe v. Wade.

Abortion advocates claim that Roe is settled case law, but after more than four decades, abortion remains one of the most contentious issues in our society.

Why? If abortion is simply a medical procedure to remove a blob of tissue, it should not be controversial. If abortion is just a medical procedure, why do many people characterize it as a difficult decision, a “necessary evil”?

Most Americans are troubled by abortion because they recognize that abortion is something much more than a medical procedure. Abortion destroys a human life.

That the unborn is a human life is becoming more apparent than ever before. New 4D ultrasounds show amazing details of the life growing in a mother’s womb. Ultrasounds show preborn babies smiling, turning somersaults, or sucking their thumbs. New research is pointing to the capacity of preborn babies to learn in utero. One study from the University of Florida found that babies begin to learn nursery rhymes in the womb.

If Roe v. Wade has settled abortion law, why are so many women speaking out about how abortion hurt their lives? Through the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, thousands of courageous women speak out about their abortions and share their regrets, grief, and healing. They speak because they want other women to know that there always is something better than abortion for them and their babies.

If Roe v. Wade is settled, why are millions of young adults flocking to the pro-life cause? Young adults in high schools, colleges and communities all across the U.S. are working to provide life-affirming support for pregnant and parenting women and their families. Pro-life student clubs outnumber pro-choice clubs by more than two to one, according to Students for Life.

If Roe v. Wade is settled, why do Americans continue to elect pro-life legislators? In the past four years, state legislators passed 231 pro-life laws, according to the Guttmacher Institute. And in November, Americans elected even more pro-life leaders to our state and federal legislatures.

If Roe v. Wade is settled, why do most Americans oppose what Roe did? Four decades after Roe, a majority of Americans (58 percent) still believe abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances or not at all, according to a 2014 Gallup poll.

Roe, coupled with companion ruling Doe v. Bolton, opened the doors to abortion on demand essentially through all nine months of pregnancy in 1973. Roe created a no-limits abortion scene: no parental consent requirement for minors, no requirement to provide women with basic information about abortion risks and alternatives prior to the procedure, no medical regulations or accountability standards for abortion centers, no restrictions on abortions after the baby is viable.

Thankfully, in the past 42 years, pro-lifers have worked to enact many of these common-sense regulations – measures that most Americans approve.

Roe v. Wade was a radical decision that opened the doors to the legal destruction of 57 million preborn babies. Now more than ever, it is clear that Roe v. Wade was bad case law. There are better solutions to our problems than killing the smallest and most vulnerable among us.

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