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Roe v. Wade: Absurd, deadly, catastrophic

by | Dec 28, 2015

By Paul Stark

Editor’s note. We are just 24 days away from the 43rd anniversary of the twin disasters–Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. During December we have reposted previous stories about the cases. Beginning next week, we will post new stories.

Roe_v_Wade_Bad_LawRoe v. Wade the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right to liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution includes an unstated “right to privacy” that is in turn “broad enough to encompass” a right to abortion (which is also never mentioned in the Constitution) and this entails that states are constitutionally required to permit abortion on demand. Got it?

There was no reason to think the Constitution contains a right to abortion, and every reason to think it doesn’t. Most obviously damning are all the state abortion bans enacted in the latter half of the 19th century, about the same time the Fourteenth Amendment was put into place. As Justice William Rehnquist wrote in his Roe dissent, “To reach its result, the Court necessarily has had to find within the scope of the Fourteenth Amendment a right that was apparently completely unknown to the drafters of the Amendment.”

Absurd? Completely.

The consequence of Roe (and its companion decision, Doe v. Bolton) was a Court-mandated, nationwide policy of abortion on demand at virtually any stage of pregnancy. Almost forty-two years later, this policy has resulted in the legal and deliberate killing of more than 56 million unborn human beings. That’s more than 56,000,000 innocent members of the human family.

Abortion, under the Roe policy, is the leading cause of human death. The number of Americans killed because of Roe dwarfs the number of American casualties from every war in our history combined.

But those comparisons can be misleading. Abortion isn’t death in the service of national defense, freedom and justice, or death as a result of natural causes, like heart disease (as tragic as those deaths are).

Abortion is intentional killing for the convenience or supposed benefit of others; it is the elimination of those very young, defenseless and voiceless human beings who get in the way of what we want.

Abortion, in other words, is precisely the kind of injustice that our soldiers have fought and died to defeat.

Editor’s note. Paul Stark is Communications Assistant for MCCL, the state affiliate of National Right to Life.

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