38 Years of an American Silent Holocaust

by Ryan on January 22, 2011

in Culture,Health Care,Law,Right to Life

Thirty-eight years ago today, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade was handed down, legalizing abortion and overturning 46 state laws which restricted it.  The “logic” of the 7-2 decision sounds almost comical when read today.  Since then, an estimated 52 million abortions have taken place in the United States either through surgery or through pills.

For over 20 years, the Hyde Amendment meant that my federal tax dollars would not go through Medicaid to pay for abortions, but Obama Care ended that;  hence, I’m a little more peeved than usual about the issue this year.

The old 1970s “my body, my choice” feminist mantra was very much in-line with the narcissistic attitudes of the young adult Baby Boomers.  Whatever happened to the baby when calculating one’s choice?  Sometimes the answer was simple:  it’s a non-person, a mound of flesh akin to cancer, an acceptable casualty next to a severe disruption in one’s “do your own thing” lifestyle.  Very sad.  Even in the morally complicated cases of rape, incest, and health of the mother, abortion is still a tragedy.  Knowing a few women who’ve had abortions, all had admitted some regret, an unexpected depression afterward, and in one case the inability to conceive years later when she actually wanted children.  This is an issue where no one seems to win.

However, it’s not like overturning Roe is in the cards any time soon.  But if that were to happen abortion would not be made illegal, it would simply give the states the choice to regulate abortion consistent with the will of the majority of voters, which seems to be something the Left has been afraid of since even before 1973.

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