published Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade abortion ruling

Our nation joyfully celebrates many milestones: Independence Day, the dates when victory came in Europe and Japan during World War II, and numerous others.

But we must also acknowledge some painful milestones in our country's past. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 terrorist attacks spring to mind.

And today in particular, we mark another tragic anniversary. It was on this date in 1973 that the U.S. Supreme Court, in stark defiance of the Constitution's limits on federal power, imposed abortion as a nationwide "right."

Millions of babies' lives have been snuffed out since then, destroying vast amounts of human potential and scarring our national conscience.

Nothing in the Constitution authorized the court to seize from the states the authority to regulate abortion, much less to institute that grisly procedure as some kind of right. Ironically, unborn humans today often enjoy less legal protection than even the eggs of some endangered bird species.

Not surprisingly, the court's horrendous Roe v. Wade decision continues to stir controversy in our nation.

Far from simply accepting the high court's ruling without protest, countless individuals and lawmakers, as well as churches and other organizations, vigorously and commendably pursue efforts privately and at all levels of government to restore respect for the sanctity of unborn life.

And they are getting results that show their efforts are worthwhile.

Just a few weeks ago, The Washington Post noted that 83 pro-life laws were enacted in the states in 2011. That was almost four times as many as were enacted in 2010. And the number of states with a strongly pro-life government -- meaning the governor opposes abortion and there is a pro-life majority in the legislature -- rose from 10 in 2010 to 15 in 2011.

While the states have not been able to forbid abortion outright, some have taken measures such as halting abortion after 20 weeks of gestation. A federal appeals court recently upheld Texas' requirement that women receive a sonogram before having an abortion.

And so, although abortion remains a scourge on our country, there has been some encouraging progress in the fight against it -- which in truth is a fight to uphold respect for human worth and dignity.

We lament the enormous loss of lives to abortion over the past 39 years, and we pray for the day when that gruesome tide will turn.

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And yet a recent study showed that not only were abortions more likely to occur in places where it was illegal(not to mention other forms of birth control), they were also more likely to be result in further complications.

January 22, 2012 at 12:09 a.m.
conservative said...

Over 1 million abortions performed annually and estimates of over 50 million since Roe vs Wade! Unbelievable wickedness compounded even more so by those rationalize it! There will be a judgement day.

January 22, 2012 at 9:04 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

As if there was no abortion before RvW.

Rich white women could and did get safe abortions before RvW. The rest had to risk back alley procedures that were dangerous. Of course, effective birth control was widely available only a short time before 1973, and there were still areas where it was illegal.

I would imagine that any family whose female relatives were injured or killed by back alley abortions probably don't call RvW tragic. No one likes abortion. If you are pro life, work to make abortion unnecessary.

January 22, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.

Indeed, there was a recent lancet study, covering where abortions were illegal.

They didn't stop abortions. They just increased the risk. And the numbers were higher. 19 per 1000 people is not a high rate of abortion. It may seem high when you present the numbers in other ways, but when you consider the rate. Places where it is illegal? Have double the rates...or more. And the risk of injury or death is even higher.

Now personally, I'd prefer long-acting contraceptives eliminate the need for any abortions other than medical ones. There is no reason any woman, in this day and age, should get pregnant without it being a voluntary and conscious decision.

January 22, 2012 at 10:35 a.m.
hambone said...

Women have no idea what is best for them?

But Congress does?

January 22, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.
conservative said...

I love to expose the flaws ( nice word for lie) in a Lieberal's argument. Since they only read and associate with other Lieberals, their arguments go unchallenged, so they are unaware just how asinine they can be.

To imply that over 1 million abortions performed in this country last year was "necessary" is such a reprehensible lie. Eating is necessary, water is necessary, having to go to the bathroom is necessary. Over 1 million abortions performed last year, were NOT necessary.

I suppose when one has no moral compass, one can call over 1 million abortions done for the sake of convenience "necessary."

January 22, 2012 at 2:07 p.m.

I don't see anybody arguing for that here. Maybe you should listen and understand more what people are saying instead of chasing phantoms that aren't even hinted at.

But yes, many of those abortions could be avoided with more readily available contraceptives. A male contraceptive would also be desirable. Unfortunately many of the pro-life movement are also anti-contraceptive.

January 22, 2012 at 2:16 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Abortion is tragic, yes. But what is also tragic is that so many women do not have control over their reproduction. There are many reasons, ranging from ignorance to drug and alcohol addiction, to control over them by men to lack of access to effective medical care, including birth control. I want to emphasize again: RvW did not result in abortions. They were already occurring in great numbers, and had been for centuries.

January 22, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
WHS1970 said...

The bottom line is this,if you are against abortion,don't get one. But please don't tell me or anyone else what to do with our lives or our bodies! In other words, you are welcome to your opinion, but mind your own damn business.

January 22, 2012 at 2:34 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

"Millions of babies' lives have been snuffed out since then, destroying vast amounts of human potential and scarring our national conscience."

How touching, that you and the other pro-lifers are so concerned about the unborn. But the overwhelming majority of those unborn would have been born to young, poor, single women who would have had no desire or means to provide a safe, secure environment. And since you also want to remove any and all government assistance for the poor, they would have been raised in unstable and impoverished surroundings, the breeding ground of crime and degeneracy. That is the “vast amount of human potential” of which you speak.

The term “pro-lifers” is a joke.. They don't give a rat's ass about people in real life, just “potential” life. Once those unborn exit the womb, they'd just as soon throw them to the dogs, unless they're born to the wealthy.

January 22, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.
John_Proctor said...

These religious fanatics are not "pro-life." They are anti-choice.

Thanks to WHS1970 for expressing it exactly and succinctly.

January 22, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

You are welcome to find the "lies" in my posts, conservative. The term "necessary" is relative, and in the case of those that choose abortion, necessary would apply for their own personal reasons.

You don't like abortion? Great. What are you doing to prevent unplanned pregnancy? Not much, I suspect. Many who are pro-life only want people to suffer the "consequences" of their actions. If a pregnancy is unplanned, tough. If the abortion is unsafe, tough.

Countries with comprehensive sex education from an early age, eight years, sometimes less, have low rates of unplanned pregnancy and hence low abortion rates too. Here in the US we get our panties in a twist just talking about sex, and don't want our innocent children learning about sex until it's WAY too late. We don't want young people to have sex, so we deny them access to education and birth control, then complain when they get pregnant in record numbers.

Abortion in its many forms has been practiced since ancient times. RvW did not "cause" abortion.

January 22, 2012 at 3:50 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

To John_Proctor:

Of course they are not pro-life but that is the term they like to call themselves. The rabid right wingers are very good at hyperbole and this is just another way of using it to spread their lies. Just like they refer to doctors who perform abortions as "murderers" or to a government that provides social and economic safety nets for its citizens as a "nanny state," or to people who believe in the need for sane and sound regulations on private businesses and corporations as "Marxists." There is no end to their false labeling and egregious distortion of the truth.

January 22, 2012 at 4:15 p.m.

This is a free country and many men and women have died to to make it so. I feel no one, including the government have the right to tell any woman what they can and can not do with their own body. It should be up to her and her alone. Stop trying to pass your beliefs and judgement off on everyone else.

January 22, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
conservative said...

"Abortion is tragic, yes"

Tragic: adj. very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction.

Which is worse, denying that abortion is the taking and destruction of a life or recognizing that it IS the destruction and taking of a life but allowing it anyway? Yes, abortion is the taking of life, so what?

So asinine and evil.

January 22, 2012 at 4:33 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Which is worse, denying that people have unprotected sex and unplanned pregnancy, or recognizing that it is a problem and doing nothing about it, instead demanding that all pregnancies are carried to term regardless of the conditions that said child is born into or leaving desperate women no option but unsafe procedures?

So asinine and evil. See, two can play this game, conservative

January 22, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.

There's no limitation of tragedy in the world, two outcomes of the same event can both be tragic, even equally so, if that matters to you. Not to me. When I see two bad things, I seek to avoid them both. Trying to weigh them is silly, when removing them both is the better choice.

Unfortunately, as I said, so many pro-life people don't want to do anything to prevent abortions, they just want to punish others for having one.

January 22, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.
LibDem said...

This is just politics and cheap politics at that. They use abortion like gay marriage and racism to get people to vote blindly. Any time a predominantly male legislature passes laws that apply only to women, caution is required.

(Do you notice that while gays rarely get abortions, they also rarely get a kind word from these guys?)

January 22, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.
conservative said...

Your rationalizing the destruction and killing of the innocent unborn IS evil! When you deny the existence of the Lord GOD Almighty, YOUR creator and the creator of all mankind, the source of all truth, it can only get worse.

Convenience, false claims of ignorance ( you mean sex can make me pregnant), and poverty are asinine and evil arguments with no moral equivalence to killing the innocent unborn.

The truth is Roe vs Wade greatly increased abortion and to put forth or imply otherwise is a lie.

January 22, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, there's no real statistical record before legalization, since it'd hardly be reported.

It was hidden in the shadows. Makes any data unreliable. But it was certainly around. Faulker wrote about it.

However I don't see why you're focused on one end of the problem when you can deal with it in a much more effective way. Isn't preventing abortion desirable? What's wrong with contraceptives and sexual education? Is it evil to provide those for some reason?

Why are you focusing on forcing others to adhere to your religious beliefs, when there's a solution that doesn't involve the potential taking of a life? Why do you ignore that option? Don't you want to genuinely prevent abortion?

Or do you prefer the punitive option to intimate and coerce people into not having an abortion?

How do you intend to stop abortions?

January 22, 2012 at 5:44 p.m.
Legend said...

conservative said... Over 1 million abortions performed annually and estimates of over 50 million since Roe vs Wade!

That's only because they started keeping count. Remember when abortions were illegal no one can really say how many were carried out. The numbers could have been much much higher. I know when I was in high school decades ago, none of the female stundents wanted to miss school on a Monday because rumors would start to fly that they'd had the coathanger job done to them over the weekend. Meaning they'd had an abortion where someone used a coathanger to abort the fetus.

January 22, 2012 at 6 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

When you deny the existence of the Lord GOD Almighty, YOUR creator and the creator of all mankind, the source of all truth, it can only get worse.

I don't believe in your sky daddy, conservative. My source of morality lies elsewhere. This is a free country and I don't have to follow your particular religious beliefs.

I am more concerned with existing life (women) than potential life (embryos and fetuses). Is abortion misused? Yes. But I support finding ways to make it unneeded rather than punishing all women for the bad decisions of a few. Unplanned pregnancy happens. Sometimes it is not someone's "fault", although I suspect you have difficulty believing it. I suspect that you consider all women that open their legs without your express permission to be evil and deserving of punishment.

January 22, 2012 at 6:02 p.m.
conservative said...

YOUR moral compass has obviously gotten you lost. However, untill GOD terminates your life, you can still accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and ALL your sins will be forgiven. As long as you are alive, it is never too late.

January 22, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

My moral compass is fine, conservative. Wipe the spittle off your monitor.

I'm not lost. I'm right here, getting your goat.

January 22, 2012 at 6:47 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

C'mon. Impress me. Tell me all the things you are doing to promote comprehensive sex education in schools, pushing lawmakers to make contraception available to all people of reproductive age (you know, age 10 and up) and asking for the expansion of WIC, Head Start, and community well-baby clinics, increased funding for public schools, parks and cultural offerings, universal health care, free day care, etc. Since you "care" so much about children, you should be demanding all of these things.

January 22, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.

The unborn have no rights, so it's not a free country for them.

If you believe it's as legitimate and righteous a choice for a mother to terminate her unborn child's life , as it is to "allow" it to live, then all of our lives are devalued. If we're here, fine, if we're not, that's fine too. Whatever. If you think there's no connection between the shocking amount of abortions in this country and many of the ills in our society today, you're either naive or are afraid to contemplate it. There's a hollowness in society today and it's a direct result of abortion. The fact that this genocide is accepted by so many proves I'm right.

January 23, 2012 at 1:34 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

Nope. There has always been a hollowness in society. It's not new. There has always been unwanted pregnancy, neglected and abused children, drug abuse, poverty, crime. The number of abortions is actually falling, as science produces better ways to control reproduction. However, there will always be a segment of society that is irresponsible, disfunctional, ignorant. That you are aware of it may be tied to many things: widespread media, personal interest, better access to information, better measuring of the statistics. To say that any of this is new is laughable: there was never a "Leave it to Beaver" America for most Americans, especially minorities and the poor, but even for the white middle class. Drug abuse, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, abuse, it all existed and was more common than you think.

And no, we atheists are not to blame.

January 23, 2012 at 7:10 a.m.
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