Every year for the past 38 we have been commemorating the sad day of January 22, 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States. That decision was the culmination of years of lobbying by liberal feminists and pro-choice radicals, and the outcome of secular thinking of the 1960s.
With a few exceptions, the states of our union before 1973 forbade the killing of infants in the womb; but the right to continue to make such protective laws was denied the individual states by seven Supreme Court judges. American citizens were given a license to kill by Roe v. Wade.
Those who defend life are still deeply disturbed by such thinking. Nowadays lawyers and judges refer to Roe v. Wade as “settled law,” meaning that it has a special weight and authority and deserves to remain. In the 1992 Supreme Court Casey decision (Planned Parenthood v. Casey), the majority of justices argued that it would not be good for the country if those Supreme Court decisions that promised to settle serious social issues were overturned too quickly and too often. Such actions would unsettle citizens and lessen their confidence in the Court. If Roe were overturned, they argued, women especially would be affected because their declared right to an abortion would be taken away. The only problem is that in reality a second person is involved in an abortion — the baby — a person who also has rights. This basic and fundamental truth is denied by Roe.
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