Analysts on both sides[ii] of the abortion debate have exposed the legal and logical flaws in the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, in which overreaching justices conceived the controversial notion that a right of "privacy" trumps an unborn baby's unalienable right to life. The justices' activism upended the constitutionally ordered priorities of life, liberty and property; assaulted federalism by arrogating the power of the states; and short-circuited democracy by stripping the People of the right to determine our own laws.
Since 1973, medical advances have also enlightened us, as we now witness ultrasound images of our babies in the womb wriggling, smiling, sucking their thumbs and recoiling from abortionists' needles. Women and men suffering the heart-wrenching aftermath of abortion are realizing that they had been deceived about "blobs of tissue" propaganda and exploited by billion-dollar, taxpayer-funded abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood that make their living from babies dying.
Nineteenth-century Britons, enlightened by the educational and soul-sensitizing efforts of the abolitionist movement, avoided a Civil War like ours by first outlawing the slave trade and ultimately abolishing slavery. A similar renaissance of conscience and compassion regarding abortion, reflected in our legislatures, may be emerging in America today. May God speed its dawning.
[i] Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet, "Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States," January 2011, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_induced_abortion.html[ii] See, e.g., Cohen, Richard, "Support Choice, Not Roe," Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2005.