by Angelique Clark
It’s been 45 years, and we’ve been fighting for the right to life of preborn babies ever since.
Today, Monday, January 22nd, 2018, marks 45 years since the landmark Supreme Court case that ultimately deemed abortion a woman’s legal right. The decision, which came down to a 7-2 vote, was supported by the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment in regards to a woman’s privacy, which had been used previously to determine privacy in the area of medical procedures.
But the question remained, even 45 years ago- is abortion just a medical procedure, alike to a gallbladder removal? Or, is what is being aborted actually a who and more pressingly, a person whose right to life itself is being trumped by his or her mother’s supposed right to privacy?
Since that day in 1973, over 60 million human beings, in the United States alone, are not living among us today. That’s 3,000 aborted lives every single day. And the women? For every abortion, there is often a woman who is also being victimized- knowingly or not. In a country where abortion is an industry and is paraded as female empowerment, it is unsurprising that so many women walk into abortion clinics with the understanding that they are making the “right” choice, and end up walking out feeling absolutely empty.
In a study cited by the documentary Hush and created by Dr. Brenda Major, a Professor at the University of California, recorded that around 21% of American women who undergo an abortion procedure believed that their abortion did more harm than good. The amount grew to 28% within two years of the abortion. “That means for every one million women who have abortions each year in the US, more than 280,000 of them believe, within two years, that their abortion did more harm than good.” -(Carenet.org)
Preborn babies live’s are taken from them in abortions and their mother’s physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing is shaken. Abortion is not a medical procedure that needs to be protected with a right to privacy. Abortion needs to be recognized as the ending of lives, and for every day that the United States keeps Roe v. Wade as the pivotal historic moment in “reproductive rights history”, 3,000 more people will never be born.
It must be remembered that during the ruling of Roe v. Wade, the decision was not without the acknowledgement that the beginning of life was still “scientifically unknown”.
That was 45 years ago.
We know now the science of when life begins. We have the technology now to see preborn babies and to understand that fertilization binds together an entirely unique, individual person who is unalike to anyone else on earth. Yes, there are many other arguments- life begins at the heartbeat, life begins at EEG waves, life begins at birth- but these arguments fail to recognize that before the heartbeat, before the EEG waves, and before birth, that the zygote, embryo, and fetus is something- and not just something- someone. A human being. A person. An individual deserving of the basic right to LIVE.
We’ve come a long way since that decision in 1973, and we still have a long way to go. It must be said that a law cannot change culture entirely- it is up to those who understand the science and the morality of the pro-life movement to share it when all those who believe abortion is a woman’s right. Overturning Roe v. Wade will change the law, but we also need to change the hearts and minds of the American people, and eventually, the world.
So if you’re a pro-life activist, take the anniversary of the legalization of abortion as a day to be more inspired to share the truth of abortion and support women make the choice for life, rather than despair in what this day’s historical event means for those 60 million lives. Roe v. Wade was made possible by a mere 5 votes- the pro-life movement of 2018 is larger and stronger than a decision that should have never been made in the first place.
Together, we will abolish abortion and not just look back on the 45 years of lives lost- but also look back and see marching, advocating, educating, inspiring, and supporting women to choose life for their baby and to deny the pressure of a pro-abortion culture.
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