Roe v. Wade: Lost lives, broken hearts

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. We are exactly two weeks out from the 46th anniversary of two infamous January 22, 1973 decisions–Roe v. Wade, with dealt with a Texas law, and Doe v. Bolton, which dealt with a Georgia law. We are re-running posts from past editions of NRL News Today and NRL News along with new stories. This first appeared in the January 2014 edition of NRL News.

I’m penning this editorial the day before the annual March for Life, which takes place every January 22, commemorating the poisonous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions which were injected into our collective bloodstream 41 years ago come tomorrow.

We’ve been posting each day on the upcoming anniversary for sometime at Nationalrighttolifenews.org. (If you are not a subscriber, you can receive our daily posts sent to your inbox, Monday through Saturday, by taking 30 seconds to sign up at www.nrlc.org/mailinglist.)

At the risk of oversimplifying dozens and dozens of stories—not to mention the entire January edition of National Right to Life News of which this editorial is a part—let me offer three thoughts.

*No one would ever accuse our benighted opposition of understatement. Last week NARAL cranked out its annual “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States.”

America never receives a passing grade, indeed never comes close! In this the 23rd edition, the nation as a whole received a “D.” In fact half of the 50 states flunked, at least in NARAL’s eyes. (North Dakota won the honor of being the “worst.”)

This is the usual hyperbole, but it also perfectly illustrates the central truth of the Abortion Establishment. There is never an abortion they will condemn. They will always find an exception that swallows the rule in every single case, including abortions that take place in the ninth month.

It is no accident that last week pro-abortion New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo flatly stated that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life” have “no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Talk about seeing the speck in your brother’s eye and missing the plank in your own!

Cuomo is instinctively, gut-level pro-abortion. He didn’t need to be egged-on by what his cronies are no doubt telling him: that there is electoral gold to be mined in the Democrat primaries by being the most pro-abortion 2016 presidential candidate in a field that will be awash with pro-abortion candidates.

This love affair with abortion helps explain two other facts: why they (particularly NARAL) are on a secular crusade to harass women-helping centers and why there is NEVER enough “abortion access”—aka never enough abortions.

No pro-lifer, even for 41 seconds, thought that pro-abortionists like Bill and Hillary Clintons were sincere when they said they wanted abortion legal, safe, and rare. The first two, yes, the third, of course not!

And, come to think of it, this also explains what is obvious to anyone who follows what pro-abortionists say at their preferred websites. To anyone who is not already a dyed-in-the-wool abortion absolutist, it is simply shocking to see how extreme they have become.

No doubt their crumbling fortunes explain part of their over-the-top rhetoric. But equally certain, they are simply saying out loud what they honestly believe: abortion on demand without apology AND paid for by you and me.

Abortion as a negative right—freedom to do what they want, when they want, and to whom they want without restraint—is incomplete without the positive right—your and my money plus a willingness on our part to refrain from opposing abortion, if not actively approving of their abortion.

*President Obama is now in the second year of his second term. As we talk about on page 14, his sinking approval numbers (in the range of 39% to 41%) are just one index of the American people’s growing dissatisfaction with a man whose core competency and basic honesty are questioned. Besides stacking the Supreme Court with hyper-pro-Roe justices (should vacancies appear), we can’t know what he will do.

What we do know is that in 2013 Mr. Obama was the first sitting President to address PPFA. His speech, lavish with payback for all their support, ended with “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America.”

*We write all the time about how the new technologies make an interface with unborn children as easy as pie. That transparency grows almost monthly.

For us, this enhanced familiarity only builds more love. For pro-abortionists, familiarity only breeds more contempt.

There is another interface about which National Right to Life is educating the American people. At a certain gestational point, this little one whose “first photo” hangs on your refrigerator or is found in her baby album has matured to the point where she is capable of feeling pain.

There is an abundance of anatomical, behavioral, and physiological evidence that unborn children can experience pain and suffering at 20 weeks, if not earlier.

The anti-life forces dismiss this increasingly undeniable truth as “junk science,” which is the two-word put down of every finding that challenges their view of the world. (That includes how abortion exacts a physical, emotional, and psychological toll on many women—findings that pro-abortionist must trivialize and mock.)

Please read the entire January issue of National Right to Life News. You will read some of the best commentary you’ll ever come across anywhere and be updated on the latest about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1670), which has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7).