Thirty-Four Years—47 Million Babies

The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision federalized a legal issue that historically had been individually decided by each state. Seven unelected justices struck down Texas’ abortion law—and by extension, those of the other states—instead of having elected legislators properly decide the matter. The primary issue, of course, remains the right to life affirmed in our  Declaration of Independence.

Since Roe, more than 47-million babies have been denied this foundational right, trumped by the so-called “right to choose.” Justice Byron White and William Rehnquist, who were the lone dissenters, wrote, “The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers, and with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes.

The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the [issue]...” Thus, seven black-robed despots overruled the will of the people.

New battles... and new hope

There is hope in the battle for life. Pro-life groups are more active than ever, seeking and winning victories. Yet there are also losses to recover from and new battles to fight. As pro-lifers gain restrictions on abortion, such as parental notification and partial-birth-abortion bans, new fronts emerge. Embryonic-stem-cell research threatens life just as much as partial-birth abortion, yet Congress is seeking to further existing federal funding of this despicable and unnecessary practice.

Embryonic stem cells have yet to provide any cure for even a single disease. Meanwhile, real strides are made every day with adult stem cells, which are now treating more than 70 diseases in human patients. Recently, amniotic stem cells—those found in the amniotic fluid surrounding a baby or in the placenta—were found to have many of the best characteristics of their adult and embryonic cousins, without requiring that a human life be sacrificed to obtain them.

Advocates of embryonic stem cells seem dogmatically bound in their thinking that the best way to save a life requires taking another. Democrats made funding embryonic stem cell research a priority in their first 100 hours, although a veto is expected from President Bush. We just have to ask: What is it that makes the destruction of life—embryo, unborn baby or the infirm—a sacrament to the religion of liberalism? 

Patriot Post Digest 07-03