Pro-Life Groups, Leaders Mark 37 Years of Abortion Under Roe v. Wade Decision

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups, Leaders Mark 37 Years of Abortion Under Roe v. Wade Decision

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 22
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — As Americans mark 37 years of legalized abortion under the Roe v. Wade decision, pro-life groups of all stripes have released statements condemning the Supreme Court case that allowed the destruction of 52 million unborn children and injuring millions of women.

Congressman Chris Smith: Thirty-eight years in the greatest human rights struggle on earth—the right to life movement—and what I still don’t get is this: How can so many seemingly smart, sane, compassionate and accomplished people—especially in politics—support, promote and if President Obama has his way in the pending health care legislation, lavishly fund with public dollars, the violent death of unborn children and the wounding of their moms by abortion.

Is it really so hard to understand that abortion is violence against children, a pernicious form of child abuse falsely and aggressively marketed as choice, a human right, or health care? How long will we permit the pro-choice cover-up and bogus safety claims to misinform, especially in light of the reams of evidence documenting serious injury to women who abort?

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser: According to recent national surveys a majority of Americans now consider themselves pro-life. They have made their voice heard on the health care bill. We will see evidence of this tidal wave of opinion in important Congressional races this November 2nd.

Troy Newman, Operation Rescue president: Public opinion is on our side. Polls show that the majority of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life" for the first time in decades. That trend is especially noteworthy among young people. Not only is pro-life sentiment rising, but sympathy for the "pro-choice" position is plummeting.

Demand for abortion is decreasing. Along with changing attitudes toward abortion has come a decline in the number of abortions nationwide, a decrease in the number of abortion clinics, and a lack of replacement abortionists for those who quit or retire.

The recent political shift in our nation favors life. Obama’s popularity has taken a nosedive. With the activation of the grassroots angered by a Congress that is forcing tax funding of abortion on them through an unwanted healthcare plan, there is hope that the 2010 mid-term elections will eclipse the success of the 1994 Republican Revolution.

Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life: For 37 years, half a lifetime, our great country has participated in the destruction of over 51 million human lives with the full sanction of our courts and our government. It is too painful to contemplate the immeasurable hurt experienced by individuals and society as a whole caused by the unbridled killing of unborn children through abortion. Wisconsin Right to Life longs for the day when Americans recognize the enormity of what we are doing and cry out in a singular massive voice — no more, no more.

House Republican Leader John Boehner: Today marks the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic ruling in Roe v. Wade overturning state laws protecting life and setting the stage for the termination of tens of millions of unborn children. Thousands have come to Washington each year on this day ever since to march and pray for life. I welcome March for Life participants to Washington and commend them for their continued vigilance, which is needed now more than ever. Today marks the beginning of another year standing together to affirm the inherent value and dignity of all human life – both in our culture and in our laws.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing: Now is the time to offer women facing an untimely pregnancy true hope. Thirty-seven years of abortion on demand is too long. Precious and irreplaceable unborn children have died because abortion has been sold to women as a solution. But instead of elevating women, abortion has led to the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children since 1973 and has brought pain and anguish into the lives of many mothers and families. The real problem is that government and society have failed to care for mothers in need. We have failed to provide hope for mothers. The idea that abortion will bring resolution to an untimely pregnancy is an illusion.

Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi: In the 37 years since Roe v. Wade, members of the pro-life movement have tirelessly defended the right to life. Their fight to protect the unborn has never been more important, and we are seeing the strength of the pro-life movement in the tens of thousands who have made their way to Washington to participate in March for Life activities. Once again, I join them in calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and uphold the promise of life and liberty for all Americans, including the unborn. Until then, we must keep up the fight. In the Senate, I will continue advocating legislation that honors and protects human life.

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