Reflections On The Constitutional Right To End Your Baby's Life
Forty years ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the killing of an unborn child was protected by the U.S. Constitution.
It's a sad day and it's sad that we live in a world that would care so deeply about the sexual revolution that it's willing to do anything -- including destroying the lives of 55 million unborn children -- to preserve it.
But we do.
I remember the day I asked my mother what abortion was and I remember what she told me. I have retained that horror for 29 years and have been involved in the pro-life movement ever since.
While the most recent polls show that Americans don't know what Roe v. Wade is but do want it preserved (along with various other data points that are disconcerting), the saddest is the reality that thousands of women go to abortion clinics each day to "take care" of their pregnancy. Still, it might be worth some reflection on what few things have gone well since that ruling 40 years ago.
There is a massive pro-life movement. If you attend this Friday's March for Life, you will see people of every creed out there marching. They might be atheists or Catholics, bikers or homeschoolers, but you will see people from every background marching for the pro-life cause.
There have been some legislative victories. Because the pro-life movement has adopted an incrementalist strategy rather than all-or-nothing, some 42 pro-life measures in 25 states were enacted last year.
Science and technology is on our side. I remember when I was in junior high and high school, my teachers would suggest that unborn children were nothing more than a blob of cells. No one says that any more because it's laughable. Ultrasound technology enables us all to see what is clear to my young children -- unborn babies in the womb are unborn babies in the womb.
Pro-lifers have successfully engaged the culture. While so many people focus on politics, the pro-life movement has always known that no matter what the law says, the fight against abortion is won in the hearts and minds of the people. Pro-life messages are common in commercials, movies and books. This is particularly noteworthy when compared to the absence of such messaging for other causes on the right.
How do things look to you? Are you optimistic or despairing or what? What changes have you seen in the abortion fight and what are the best places for progress?