by Steven Ertelt
September 7, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision that ushered in an era of legalized abortion and the deaths of more than 44 million unborn children. For young Americans born after that decision, the possibility exists that they, too, could have become part of that statistic.
Yesterday, young adult pro-life activists born after 1973 took to the streets outside the Supreme Court to honor Chief Justice William Rehnquist, just one of two members of the high court at that time who voted against Roe.
"As a member of the post Roe generation, I know what it is like to be open prey in my mother’s womb," says Brandi Swindell, director of youth pro-life group Generation Life. "My right to exist should not be dependent on permission from the government."
"As we present flowers to honor the legacy of Chief Justice Rehnquist, it is my hope that President Bush will also embrace that same legacy by ensuring the Supreme Court vacancies are filled by those that will uphold equal rights for pre-born children and promote the dignity of women," Swindell added.
Arianna Grumbine, a spokeswoman for the group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, noted that "Judge Rehnquist was the last living Supreme Court Justice who voted against the Roe v. Wade decision."
"He was the last living defender of my generation and my rights on the Supreme Court," she said.
Like Swindell, Grumbine is looking to the future and hopeful that judges added to the high court by President Bush will have the same resolve against Roe, which also has caused physical and emotional torment for millions of women.
"We, the Survivors of the abortion holocaust, are praying that the legacy of defending life that Judge Rehnquist has left, will be courageously continued by the next Chief Justice," she concluded.