By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Nearly a half-century after it went into effect, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is showing its age.
In the advent of 4-D Ultrasound, in-utero surgeries, and premiere care for premature infants, Roe seems like a relic from the past.
Roe legalized abortion in all 50 states, depriving individual citizens, through their duly-elected representatives, from having a say in abortion policy. It seems to represent a type of legal elitism which seems so out of step in our populist age.
Chances are great that the seven male justices who decided Roe never foresaw what Roe has wrought: nearly 63 million preborn babies killed in the past 49 years. Countless mothers have also been left to grieve children lost to abortion. Their sobering testimonies can be found at the Silent No More Awareness campaign online at www.silentnomoreawareness.org .
In addition to that are the many men who regret their lost fatherhood as a result of legalized abortion. These men often suffer in silence, unable to grieve openly about the children they have lost.
The U.S. Supreme Court now has an opportunity to overturn Roe with a Mississippi case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Dobbs protects unborn children after the 15th week. Dobbs represents the opportunity of a lifetime to rid the nation of a disastrous mistake and return abortion policy to the individual states to decide.
Such a scenario is long overdue. Premature babies are being saved at ever-earlier stages of development, making the old viability standard passé. Overturning Roe would be a signal that the law is catching up with science and medical advancements. The late-term abortions which are now legal seem especially cruel, when premature infants are surviving as early as 21 and 22 weeks gestation.
Roe was fatally flawed to begin with; even some abortion advocates have recognized that fact. Discarding Roe would mean not only the restoration of states’ rights in abortion policy, but also a rebirth of sanity in American jurisprudence. 2022 should be the year when Roe is forced to go.