Forty years ago on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court made their infamous decision to make abortion on demand legal. For the past forty years, pro-lifers have gathered in the Capitol of our nation to memorialize that decision and to protest the devastating results of it. The very first March drew 25,000 attendees, and the annual March has grown exponentially. Hundreds of thousands of participants, including young people, support the March. It is an inspiring sight to all who attend.
No one knows – except God – how many people are involved. Besides the hundreds of thousands who actually attend the March for Life, there are many hundreds of thousands of other concerned Americans who are unable to attend the annual March. Anyone can join the marchers in spirit by gathering in houses of worship, fast and pray for the unborn children.
The 2013 March for Life will be particularly significant for several reasons. The first reason is that it will be the 40th anniversary since the Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand. The second reason, we have the most pro-abortion President in history sitting in the White House. His first four years as President have shown clearly his real agenda: he gives the abortion lobby free reign of the White House and our taxpayer dollars. Now he has the guarantee of four more years to continue his abortion-on-demand agenda. He has made it clear that he will do everything in his power to advance abortion even further. He wants to protect children by controlling guns, but he allows many more children to be killed by abortion. Since we were unable to stop the re-election of this pro-abortion President, we must make sure that our political representatives know that our eyes are on them. We must make sure that they know that we will not tolerate any move to support the President’s abortion agenda.
The 2013 Right to Life March will be held on Friday, January 25, on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Pro-life leaders will be collecting signatures for their petitions to add support for the Life at Conception Act. A Life at Conception Act would legislatively overturn Roe v. Wade and ultimately put an end to abortion-on-demand. All pro-lifers – those of us who believe that life begins at conception – must put serious pressure on our representatives in Congress. We must keep them from caving to the demands of Obama and the abortion lobby.
Anyone who agonized over the killing of sweet little children by a mentally-ill man in Connecticut should also recognize that Americans kill millions of babies through abortion each year! In the forty years since Roe v. Wade became the law, there have been approximately 50 million legal abortions performed in the United States. That is 50 million babies killed by Americans! According to the Guttmacher Institute, there were 1.21 million abortions performed in the United States in 2008 – approximately 3,322 abortions per day. This is the most recent data available. Where are the protesters against the babies being killed! Why is the media not calling out the abortion businesses like they call out the gun owners and businesses? Why do Americans allow their babies to be killed?
Abortion-on-demand became legal on January 22, 1973, when the “United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, handed down two rulings legalizing abortion in America. Prior to these rulings abortion was prohibited in most of the 50 states. In the states where abortion was permitted, such as New York and California, various restrictions had been placed on the reasons for abortion. These restrictions were removed by the 1973 rulings.
“The Court based its decisions on the `right to privacy,’ which it claimed was guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but which it could not specifically find anywhere. The Court concluded that it was implied in either the Fourteenth Amendment or the `penumbra’ of the Bill of Rights.
“The principle decision, Roe v. Wade, repealed all state laws prohibiting abortion. The companion case, Doe v. Bolton, extended the right to abortion to the entire nine months of pregnancy. The Court divided the term of pregnancy into trimesters (not a medical term prior to that time), and ruled that there could be no restrictions on abortions performed during the first trimester, or first three months of pregnancy.
“During the second trimester (months 4-6), the court allowed states to pass certain regulations regarding abortion, but only to insure a woman’s safety. There could be no restrictions on a woman’s right to choose abortion.
The two Justices who wrote dissenting opinions in the cases – Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Byron White – argued that the “Court had overextended its reach and exercised what Justice White called `raw judicial power.’ In 1983, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said that Roe v. Wade was `on a collision course with itself.’ Many legal scholars from across the political spectrum have likewise criticized the Roe and Doe decisions.
“As advances in medical technology continue to make the personhood of the fetus increasingly obvious, a woman’s `right to privacy’ is being more forcibly challenged by the unborn child’s right to life.”
What happened to the two women whose cases were originally brought to the Supreme Court? They were “used” by the abortion industry and/or lawyers to promote the cause. Neither of them had an abortion, and both joined the pro-life movement. Norma McCorvey (Roe) andSandra Cano (Doe) “testified to their opposition to abortion at a Pro-Life Action League conference in Chicago on April 20, 1996.”
Abortion is murder, the killing of unborn, innocent babies. Abortion is murder just as much as the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, was murder. The murderer in Newtown was medically ill. What is the excuse for the people who condone abortion?