The Tide is Turning, Pro-Life Movement is Now Winning
by Rev. John A. Leies,
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.
We are disappointed that the killing continues, however, there are great gains that have been made in the past year alone, and we should be encouraged by them. First of all — and most important — the majority of Americans now believe that there are too many abortions, that more protection should be given to the unborn, that restrictions on abortion should be imposed. Eighty percent believe that late term abortions should be banned.
America is becoming more pro-life than before. In 1991 there were 2,200 abortion clinics in the United States; today there are only 670! That’s a net loss of 1,530. In the past 18 months alone some 50 clinics have closed their doors permanently…
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