January 22, 1973 . . . a day that changed America forever . . .the day the US Supreme Court ruled that any laws banning all abortions were unconstitutional.
In the past 40 years, the lives of approximately 55,808,000 babies have been ended – many through grisly, painful procedures. (That’s 55 million – two and a half times the population of metro New York City!) The total number may be higher: figures are gathered by pro-life advocates from Planned Parenthood (the nation’s largest provider of abortions) corporate reports, the Centers for Disease Control and statistics from state governments. But not all states require reporting from abortion providers.
Let’s put aside any moral arguments for a minute and look at this problem from a practical viewpoint. Many liberals say we should look to Europe for answers to our problems. I agree, except that I do not think we should emulate Europe; we should avoid what they have done. This applies to the issue of abortion as much as to financial matters.
Abortion has been legal in most European nations for longer than it has been legal in the US. What have been the consequences across the pond? Several countries are now offering financial incentives to couples who have babies!
Don’t think that would ever happen in the US? Let’s consider a current problem that is affected by abortion, although few would acknowledge the connection. The US is rapidly reaching the point where there will be more seniors receiving Social Security benefits than there are workers paying into the system. A 1:1 ratio is not enough, since monthly benefits for one senior exceed the amount deducted from one worker’s paycheck in the course of a month.
In a proclamation of Sanctity of Life Sunday in 1984, Ronald Reagan cited a figure of 15 million babies aborted from 1973-1983. The rate of abortions grew in the following decade, but to make things easy, let’s just double Reagan’s figure to get an approximate number for the first two decades. Most of those 30 million children would now be in the workforce, paying into the Social Security system. Many women who aborted an “inconvenient” child during those 20 years may, in the future, find themselves inconvenienced as they struggle to purchase basic necessities when their paycheck shrinks because of higher Social Security taxes and they receive decreased Social Security benefits in their senior years. Our government will have to decide whether to follow the European incentive model or find another way to pump money into the failing system.
Now, back to the moral issues.
In the years since 1973, science has discovered more about the wonder of fetal development:
* 21 days after egg and sperm unite, the baby’s heart begins to beat.
* 6 weeks after fertilization, the baby is about 1/2 an inch long and taste buds are forming on the tongue.
* 9 weeks after fertilization, the baby is approximately 2 inches long.
* Halfway through a pregnancy, a baby is 10 inches long and the mother will begin to feel its movements in the womb.
* In the next few weeks, a baby born prematurely may have developed sufficiently to survive outside the womb.
Medical advances now allow doctors to perform surgery on a baby in the womb. Photographs from such procedures clearly show the humanity of the preborn child. So abortion advocates have largely dropped their “products of conception” and “blob of tissue” descriptions. They acknowledge that we are discussing a human baby, but say it does not matter, that the issue is all about a woman’s right to choose what to do with what is in her body.
That line of reasoning clearly shows that abortion is really unconstitutional.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (Declaration of Independence)
(Yes, I know that is not in the Constitution. But it is probably the most quoted section of our country’s founding documents – President Obama quoted it during his inauguration speech yesterday. That sentence was the basis of the Civil War, women’s sufferage, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.)
If all are equal, the baby of an American citizen has the same constitutional right to life as the mother. Our laws only allow someone to take the life of another in very limited circumstances, mostly if defending against a threat to their own life. One is not allowed to kill someone to advance one’s pursuit of happiness. Ninety-eight percent of abortions are done for economic or social convenience, not to save the life of the mother.
The 1973 Supreme Court decision is based on a lie by the plaintiff. Norma McCovey, the Jane Roe in the 1973 decision, confessed in 1987 that she had been coached to lie about being raped to get more sympathy from the courts.
Planned Parenthood has spent great sums of money to fight restrictions on abortion that many Americans find morally sound. (e.g. parental notification, banning abortions after viability, health and safety requirements for abortion clinics)
The founders of the organizations that eventually became Planned Parenthood were all wealthy whites who feared that high birth rates among the poor and minorities would threaten their prosperity. In a 1939 letter about the “Negro Project”, Margaret Sanger wrote
“We do not want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten that idea out if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
PP certainly does not have policies like that today. But someone at the higher levels of the organization is still making decisions to locate PP clinics in areas with high concentrations of minority populations. The motivation today is more likely financial than discriminatory.
It is a moral crisis that minority babies are aborted more often than Caucasian babies. Latinos make up 17% of the US population, yet have 25% of all abortions. Black Americans comprise 13% of our population, but 30% of all abortions. I have not seen any explanations for these statistics, but something has to be wrong with a society where over half of the abortions kill minority babies. It is also interesting that surveys show that these minority groups disapprove of abortion more than the rest of the US population.
I have been following the abortion issue for almost 30 years. I could write much more about fetal development, the cruelty of the partial-birth abortion procedure, the emotional and physical effects of abortions on women, abortionists arrested for unsanitary clinics and dangerous methods. But you can find that information on the Internet if you want to. There are many good sources to find the horrible truth about abortion. My aim here is to point out that those who ushered in the abortion era were more concerned about their own interests than helping women and that there have been unintended societal consequences, some of which affect everyone and weaken our economy. I hope you can now look at this issue from a different prospective than you get from mainstream media.
More information from a pro-life point of view:
If you or someone you know is facing the challenge of an unintended pregnancy, you can get information and assistance by calling:
1-800-712-4357 (Optionline.org) OR 1-800-395-4357 (Pregnancy Decision Line)