Posts Tagged ‘Roe v Wade’
One point that encourages him:
So what convinces me that we are arriving at our most recent point of deliverance? Several factors do. First, we are finally beginning to address the real issue of whether the infant in the womb is human or not. This has always been the only question that matters.
During oral arguments in the 1973 landmark case of Roe v. Wade, Justice Potter Stewart demonstrated as much. He asked Attorney Sarah Weddington who was arguing for abortion rights, “If it were established that an unborn fetus is a person, you would have an almost impossible case here, would you not?” Weddington audibly laughed as she was forced to acknowledge, “I would have a very difficult case.” Stewart pushed further by positing, “This would be the equivalent to after the child was born…if the mother thought it bothered her health having the child around, she could have it killed. Isn’t that correct?” Weddington sheepishly granted, “That’s correct.”
This shocking exchange is what prompted the author of the seminal Roe ruling, Harry Blackmun, to write in the majority opinion, “[If the] suggestion of personhood is established, the case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”
This will be one of those ‘added to as time allows’ posts.
First off, St. Blogustine: 2011 March for Life in Washington DC. (hat tip: comment in yesterday’s post.)
Headmistress at The Common Room is writing some very good, cut-through-the-clutter posts prompted by the horrors uncovered at Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion facility, but also addressing abortion issues in general. See, for instance this, and this.
Philadelphia Grief: Jim Daly of Focus on the Family recounts some history from 38 years ago, and also looks at the evil found in Philadelphia. From the 38 years ago file, President Nixon was caught on tape saying that he thought there were times abortion might be necessary, including (he said) in cases of interracial pregnancy. (At least I haven’t heard that ‘reason’ for abortion in a while.) He has a picture of the top of the front page of the New York Times from the day the ruling was announced. Interesting. LBJ’s death got top headline.
Also from Jim Daly – how Christians view a person as made in the image of God, and why this makes a difference. Includes a look at Peter Singer’s reasoning, and a history lesson from Tim Keller on early Christians versus the world they came into.
March for Life 2011, at Mommy Life.
State of the Unborn, National Catholic Register editorial, Jan. 21, 2011
I Am Pro-Life, by Amy Smith, National Catholic Register, Jan. 22, 2011. Includes quotes, links.
Life Digest, Baptist Press, January 21, 2011. Teens encouraged to sneak into Kentucky for abortions. More.
Pro-Life Marchers Round-up (updated), The Anchoress, January 24, 2011. Lots of links, including to other posts with links.
March for Life held Saturday in Boise, Idaho Press-Tribune, January 23, 2011 (This is the only news coverage I’ve seen on the Boise march so far. Likewise, I’m having trouble finding coverage of other ‘local’ marches around the country. If you find coverage of city/county/state/regional events, please feel free to let us know in the comments.)
Added: Obama salutes Roe v Wade, Mommy Life.
Added: Idaho lawmaker challenges Idaho’s conscience law in new bill, KTVB, January 20, 2011.
Added: Obama, on 38th Anniversary of Roe, re-re-recommits himself to abortion… again, Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote.org
Added: Marching on the Right Side of History, Jennifer Roback Morse, Public Discourse.
Added: The March that Changed My Life (Or, the Day I Nearly Got Arrested on the Supreme Court Steps!), at Erasetheneed.
And: Meet Zach Goodman , young pro-lifer from Colorado.
Gina Dalfonzo’s sister was born a few weeks after the Roe v. Wade ruling. She sometimes wonders what might have happened if her sister been conceived just a little later, especially given the circumstances.
The most common number being kicked around for the number of legal abortions in the United States since 1973 seems to be 50 million. I’ve seen claims higher than that. I see at the National Right to Life site the number shown today is 48,589,993. Whatever the real number is, 50 million seems to be in the ball park, and 50 million is too big for me to get my head around, as we say around here.
So I went to the United States Census Bureau in hopes of finding something with which to compare it. I almost wish I hadn’t. Using July 2007 estimated figures, which is what they’re using for state population figures in the state rankings, I see you could kill every resident man, woman and child in California, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, and still be a few thousand people short of killing fifty million people. (California 36,553,215, plus Illinois 12,852,548, plus D.C. 588,292, equals 49,994,055. These are estimates, remember, but still…)
And that’s just the reported abortions in the United States.
If, by chance, you are someone who was in some way responsible for an abortion death, please understand that there is healing and forgiveness available to you. For a place to start, you might try checking in at The Silent No More Awareness Campaign. A lot of people hurting after abortion have found help there, not to mention a voice. If you are a teen, you might check in with Young Life, which has a program to help young women who choose life, but I’m sure they’ll help you if you didn’t understand that soon enough. Many individual Christians are also ready and willing to help you any way they can, whether they are officially in post-abortion ministry or not. If at first you don’t find the help or guidance you need, please keep looking; Christians vary in their talents and social skills and capacities to deal with specific difficulties, just like everybody else (and, let’s face it, some of them are better taught and/or more mature than others). Or ask God directly to forgive you, and go on from there. Whatever you do, please don’t spend the rest of your life hurting, or bitter, or estranged from God. There’s no need for that.
If you would like my prayers, just ask. Fifty million dead is something I can’t get my head around, but I sure can hear individual cries of grief.
Ladies, help me out. If you know of any good resources for people dealing with the hurt of abortion, please let us know in the comments.