A number of well-known liberal politicians vowed to “fight for” or “expand” abortion access on Tuesday, which marked the 46th year since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade—a decision that has resulted in the deaths of 60 million children and counting.
“Remember: Abortion existed before #RoevWade, it just wasn’t legal or safe. Women died without that access to the health care they needed. We’re not going back to that. This isn’t just a fight for equality—it’s a fight for our lives. And it’s one I refuse to lose,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York tweeted.
“Today, 46 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion is a right in name only for millions of women in America. Our job: do everything we can to protect and expand reproductive rights and access to abortion across the country,” wrote Sen. Bernie Sanders of Massachusetts.
His remarks generated 11K likes as of press time.
“Now more than ever reproductive healthcare and rights are under attack in this country. We must fight back. Today’s Roe v. Wade anniversary is a reminder that our fight for progress, freedom, and justice must never cease. #7in10ForRoe,” also tweeted California Senator Kamala Harris, who announced her presidential run this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a longer statement from her office, which read in part, “Strengthened by the millions of fearless women who continue to stand and march for their healthcare and rights, the House will fight to protect and build upon the promise of Roe v. Wade.
“Together, we will defend access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and work to ensure that every woman and her family have the resources necessary to thrive.”
Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts called for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of government funds for abortion.
“46 years after #RoevWade established the right for women to make their own decisions about abortion, the #HydeAmendment continues to take that decision away from low-income women by denying coverage for care,” she tweeted. “We must #BeBoldEndHyde & make Roe’s promise a reality for everyone.”
“On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, here’s an alarming fact: 400+ anti-abortion bills passed on the state level since 2010 which means 29 million women live in places hostile to abortion rights. We must be vigilant in protecting a woman’s right to choose,” wrote Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California claimed that the views in Roe v. Wade carry over to the issue of same-sex “marriage.”
“#RoevWade is the foundation of our personal liberty and privacy rights. More than guaranteeing women the right to make their own health care decisions, the principles enshrined in Roe guarantee all Americans the ability to be in relationships with and marry who they love. #Roe46,” she wrote.
As previously reported, the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade centered on a Texas woman named Norma McCorvey who sought an abortion over an alleged rape. McCorvey later admitted that she had lied, writing in her book “I Am Roe” that she made up the rape story at the advice of her feminist attorneys to make her efforts more convincing.
She also never obtained an abortion, but placed her child up for adoption and went on to become a vocal pro-life advocate, even going to court in an effort to overturn the ruling.
“My decisions were wrong and I am fighting with every breath to change what has occurred,” McCorvey said in 2008.
Out of the seven justices that ruled in favor of Roe, five were Republican-appointed. The court discussed the reasons why abortion has historically been outlawed in the nation, including the binding vow of the Hippocratic Oath and the influence of Christian ethics. It also noted that in pagan nations such as Greece and Rome, “[a]ncient religion did not bar abortion.”
Judge Harry Blackmun, nominated by Richard Nixon, wrote the majority opinion issued on Jan. 22, 1973. Blackmun stated that the Constitution does not include the unborn as being persons, and therefore, they may not receive equal protection.
“The Constitution does not define ‘person’ in so many words,” he wrote. “[I]n nearly all these instances [where it is cited], the use of the word is such that it has application only post-natally. None indicates, with any assurance, that it has any possible pre-natal application.”
“All this, together with our observation, supra, that, throughout the major portion of the 19th century, prevailing legal abortion practices were far freer than they are today, persuades us that the word ‘person,’ as used in the Fourteenth Amendment, does not include the unborn,” he continued. “In short, the unborn have never been recognized in the law as persons in the whole sense.”
The court’s comments about the “viability” of the child—when the infant could live apart from his or her mother outside of the womb—also influenced future rulings that have allowed abortion to continue.
“Physicians and their scientific colleagues have regarded [the concept of ‘quickening’] with less interest and have tended to focus either upon conception, upon live birth, or upon the interim point at which the fetus becomes ‘viable,’ … albeit with artificial aid,” Blackmun wrote. “Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks.”
However, some believe that the Supreme Court’s logic was faulty and contend that gestational age does not make the child less human or unworthy of life. The film “Come What May,” produced by Patrick Henry College students, centers on this argument.
“They tear the baby out of its only means of life support, and say, ‘Wow, look at that; our machines can’t sustain it’s life,’ and somehow, that proves it’s not viable?” Caleb Hogan, played by Austin Kearney, declares in the production.
As previously reported, the Centers for Disease Control outlined in its November abortion statistics report that 638,169 unborn babies were aborted in 2015—the latest year on file—not counting totals from California, Maryland and New Hampshire. The vast majority of women obtaining abortions—85.3%—are unmarried.
Proverbs 29:2 reads, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Proverbs 16:12 also declares, “It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.”