The State of Human Life

Today, January 22, is the 36th yearly remembrance of the millions of children killed by abortion since Roe v. Wade.

From the time the Supreme Court handed down its verdict/command/instruction to the states regarding abortion until today, more than 40 million unborn children have been killed. 40 million. What exactly does that number represent?

It’s larger than the population of Florida. Of Texas. Of New York. The entire Southeast. The entire Northeast. Every state in the Republic, save for California.

More Americans (or as the pro-abortionists might prefer, “potential Americans”) have died from abortion than have died in all American wars combined (<1,500,000). The 40 million children represent 100 times the number of American deaths during World War II. More than twice as many children die from abortion as people die from all cancers each year.

Worldwide, it’s a number larger than all but 29 nations in the world, larger than Argentina, Canada, Iraq, Australia, and most of Europe.

Thirty-six years later, where do we stand?

We have traded arguably our most instinctively pro-life president for the most unashamedly pro-abortion president in history. President Obama may yet moderate his views on a number of issues—but abortion doesn’t appear to be one of them.

In July 2007, then-Senator Obama told a Planned Parenthood crowd, “The first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act…on this fundamental issue, I will not yield.” The Freedom of Choice Act would essentially roll back all of the incremental victories made in the name of human life over the last 36 years and impose an unrestricted abortion diktat across the United States.

Mere campaign bluster? If you buy that argument, then perhaps you will be persuaded by the indications that President Obama is on the verge of repealing the Mexico City Policy. The policy, which prevents American taxpayers from funding abortions in other countries, was reinstated by President Bush in 2001, who said at the time, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad.”

Instead, we now have a president who insists that tough thinking on abortion issues is above his pay-grade.

On many issues, it may be better for the country for conservatives to work with the new president. But on this issue, compromise kills.

As conservatives, what is our plan of action over the next four years? Efforts must continue at the state level to provide women with information regarding fetal development and abortion alternatives. Republicans in Congress should immediately introduce legislation codifying the Mexico City Policy. Pro-life voters across the country must pressure their Congressmen and Senators into voting against the Freedom of Choice Act.

And the egregious Supreme Court burden, Roe v. Wade, should join other stains of American jurisprudence, Dred Scott, Plessy, and Korematsu, on the ash heap of history.

UPDATE:

Other excellent articles: Robert P. George, Michael New, Star Parker and Gary Bauer, Richard John Neuhaus and Neuhaus again

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