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As 45th anniversary approaches, Roe v. Wade is losing steam and support

by | Jan 4, 2018

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

As the nation approaches the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, more and more the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling is showing just how out of date and out of step it has become.

An article published in the Washington Times newspaper cited a 2016 study showing the majority of Millennials—young adults born in the ‘80s and ‘90s—oppose most abortions.

Tellingly, even those who support legal abortion admit that the vast majority of people who participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. are under the age of 30. The Huffington Post website, a hotbed of pro-abortion orthodoxy, concedes that pro-life pregnancy resource centers “vastly outnumber abortion clinics” in the U.S. (That is why pro-abortionists attack women-helping centers with such ferocity.)

And then there is the testimony of the women of the Silent No More Awareness campaign, who had abortions, but who now regret them. Consider Wendy from Pennsylvania, who had an abortion when she was 19 years old.

“It took 35 years of my life to reconcile that one foolish mistake,” Wendy wrote. “Remember the abortion lie that promised to help me ‘forget about my baby and go on with my life like nothing happened?’ Now, after 35 gut wrenching years, I can go on only because I found forgiveness and peace in the truth – not the lie.”

Or consider this plea from a post-abortive woman named Jill from Missouri: “If I could help just one person change their mind and not follow through with the abortion then it would have all been worth it, and that’s why I am silent no more.”

One major reason Roe is in such awful shape is that Roe was poorly decided (as even some advocates of legal abortion acknowledge) . Here are just a few examples.

According to the Washington Examiner Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the North Carolina Law Review once described Roe as “heavy-handed judicial activism.” Writing in the Harvard Law Review, Professor Laurence Tribe noted, “behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.”

Writing in, Edward Lazarus, a former clerk to the late Justice Harry Blackmun—the Justice who authored Roe—has stated, “Justice Blackmun’s opinion provides essentially no reasoning in support of its holding. And in the … years since Roe’s announcement, no one has produced a convincing defense of Roe on its own terms.”

Estimates based on figures provided by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, indicate 60 million unborn children have died from abortion since the 1973 Supreme Court rulings of Roe v. Wade [and its companion case Doe v. Bolton]. Countless mothers have been left to grieve children lost to abortion. Research indicates as many as 60 percent of abortions are coerced, meaning that boyfriends, husbands, parents, or others are pressuring women into abortions they do not want.

The advent of 4D Ultrasound is adding to Roe’s plight. It has provided a window to the womb, showing the humanity of the unborn child. It is hard to argue against a right to life to a baby who is smiling or giving a thumbs up in an Ultrasound video.

The facts are clear—Roe v. Wade was a terribly ill-conceived ruling which has ended an immense number of innocent lives…harmed women…and devastated families. It is long past time for Roe to be tossed on the ash heap of history, and for women and children to be freed from the negative effects of legalized abortion.

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