By Dave Andrusko
As we approach the end of the year—and draw nearer to the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade—I’d like to offer another look at an outstanding pro-life resource we referenced before: “40 years of Roe v Wade: 40 Days of Prayer & Reflection,” provided by the Nebraska Catholic Conference. As you may recall, the series began on December, and “40 Years” combines a substantive question each day about abortion followed by “Prayer Intention for Today.”
For Friday, I’d like to highlight days 16-18: December 28 through December 30 (this Sunday). “40 Days of Roe v. Wade” dispels two particularly pernicious myths and reminds us that some of Roe’s most trenchant critics are members of the United States Supreme Court:
First, most Americans oppose, not support, “U.S. Abortion law.” Abortion is essentially legal throughout pregnancy for any reason or no reason. THAT is the status of “U.S. Abortion law.” And as NRLC has explained countless times, almost without exception, polls have revealed that a majority of Americans oppose the reasons for which almost all abortions are performed.
Looked at from the other direction, a recent poll found only 13% of respondents would allow abortion for any reason at any time. In addition 16% would allow abortion for any reason but only up to 3 months while 12% would allow abortion for any reason but only up to 6 months. All told that is 41%.
Second, while the Supreme Court found a “right” to abortion lurking in various penumbras and emanations, “even legal commentators who support legal abortion have said Roe is not good constitutional law.” We have written recently about “pro-choice” critics of Roe (and “The Unbearable Wrongness of Roe”).
Third, we tend to forget that the most trenchant critics of Roe include other Supreme Court justices! “40 Days of Roe v. Wade” offers the critiques of five justices who hammered Roe for very different reasons.
That includes the first critic—Justice Bryon White—who wrote a blistering dissent in 1973. Given that Justice White found “nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment,” it is no wonder he called Roe “an exercise of raw judicial power.”
Take a few minutes each day and read “40 Days of Roe v. Wade”
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