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35 Years After Roe v. Wade

from the January 22, 2008 eNews issue
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Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision on the matter of Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that granted women the constitutional right to have an abortion. In the 35 years since the court's ruling there have been more than 50 million abortions in the United States. Statistics show that more than one out of every five pregnancies in the US will end in an abortion. The numbers are truly staggering.

This week thousands of protesters around the country are taking to the streets hoping to make their voices heard. Despite rain and chilly temperatures more than 200,000 people turned out for the annual March for Life in Washington. The March for Life is the single biggest annual march held in our nation's capitol city.

The Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade remains one of the most controversial cases in US history and the legal battle over abortion is far from being settled. This past year the United States Supreme Court made another landmark ruling in the case of Gonzales v. Carhart, in which the High Court upheld a law banning gruesome partial-birth abortions.

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 prohibits the partial-birth abortion procedure except when necessary to save the life of the mother. The ban, however, does not include exemptions for the "health" of the mother. On these grounds, several pro-abortion groups challenged the law in court and it was struck down by three federal court judges before going to the Supreme Court. Not surprisingly, abortion advocates were outraged by the ruling.

Absolute Right? Absolutely Not!

Ardent abortion activists tend to vehemently oppose any limitations on abortion - even those which most Americans see as reasonable, such as parental notification laws. However while Roe v. Wade may have given women the legal right to an abortion, that right is not absolute. In fact, none of our constitutional rights are absolute. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote the following on the subject of abortion and our constitutional rights:

"...There are no absolute individual rights in our Constitution. The Framers forged a system protecting individual rights while recognizing legitimate countervailing interests of the state. In that balanced system, even such fundamental rights as the freedom of speech and free press, association and religion have been subject to some limitations.

For example, when states prohibit screaming "fire" in a crowded theater, they are not diminishing free speech. Such reckless conduct is not part of any reasonable definition of the right to free speech, just as the categorical exclusion of required parental participation is not part of any reasonable definition of the right to an abortion.

Pro-choice advocates would make abortion the only absolute right in our Constitution, even though it was not fully recognized by the Supreme Court until 1973. Conversely, parental rights have been recognized since the founding of our Republic but are routinely dismissed when they collide with the almighty right to an abortion...

What these groups fail to recognize is that the rights of speech, association and religion mean little if parents cannot teach and reinforce moral choices within their families. Family values and integrity are not the enemies of the right to privacy but the very things that privacy is meant to protect."

Abortion Hurts Women

Abortion has been postured as an issue of women's rights and as a way of advancing the freedoms of women. The truth is, however, abortion doesn't help women, it hurts them. Abortion is damaging physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually. While abortion has been promoted as a means of freeing women, it has actually brought women great bondage and suffering. In the end, however, abortion is not chiefly a matter of statistics, politics, privacy or even health. Abortion is a moral issue. The Bible teaches that children are a blessing from God and it repeatedly condemns killing the innocent. God considers human life precious because God made humankind in His own image. Indeed, we can praise our Father in heaven for we are "fearfully and wonderfully made."

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