Monday marked the inauguration of President Obama to a second term as the most pro-abortion president in our nation’s history. He is unyieldingly committed to upholding Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision ushering in the age of abortion.
That the inauguration was held on the annual day of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is deeply ironic. While King led a nation–changing civil rights movement, the longest running civil rights movement in our nation’s history is the pro-life movement. Since Roe v. Wade was announced in January 1973, the March for Life has brought people from around the country to Washington, DC to protest the arrogance and injustice of the decision. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people will attend the March this Friday.
Forty years after Roe, we look back on what was hailed as a woman’s fundamental “right,” and we are saddened to see the negative impact it has had on our society, knowing that nearly 55,000,000 Americans are no longer with us after losing their lives to abortion. This championed “freedom of choice” has not only left millions upon millions dead, but it has also left countless women wounded from the abuses of the abortion industry. As a nation, we mourn the deaths of not only the unborn children, but also women like Tonya Reeves who died last July after complications from an abortion procedure at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.
Last week in this column, Americans United for Life discussed how 40 years after Roe, studies clearly show that abortion harms women. This Thursday, AUL will examine this issue in more detail. A panel of medical experts will look at the negative impact abortion on women. The panel features Dr. Monique Chireau of Duke University School of Medicine, an expert in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, a renowned author of a numerous articles on the statistical correlation between abortion and mental health problems, and Dr. Donna Harrison, Director of Research and Public Policy, AAPLOG.
This panel is part of a half-day symposium at the National Press Club which will discuss “The Future of Roe: Women, Health, and Law in the Obama Era,” sponsored by AUL. A second panel of legal experts will examine the legal consequences of Roe and what might be done to reverse it. Speakers on that panel include Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute, Helen Alvare of George Mason Law School, and Laura Garcia of Boston College. The symposium will also feature two keynote addresses, one by Gerard Bradley, Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, examining contradictions in the law that should prove fatal to Roe, and the other by Bill Kristol, the founder and editor of the Weekly Standard.
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There has never been a more exciting nor pivotal time in our country to act on our pro-life convictions. Forty years of legalized abortion killing babies and injuring their mothers has been forty years too long. According to a recent Gallup Poll, more Americans than ever consider themselves to be pro-life. Join Americans United for Life as we continue to fight for the human rights of all people, from conception to natural death. We survived Roe, but Roe will not survive us.
For more information about AUL’s Legal Symposium or to RSVP, please visit http://www.aul.org/roe-forty-years-later/ .