40 Years, 55 Million Dead: Pro-Lifers Say Roe Must Go

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 22, 2013   |   12:26PM   |   Washington, DC

The infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision marks 40 years today — an birthday featuring no cakes, balloons or gifts for 55 million unborn children who have lost their lives.

Roe vs. Wade, and its companion case Doe v. Bolton, ushered in an era of legalized abortions that can be done virtually any time during pregnancy for any reason with some exceptions if state have approved modest limits on them.

Although Roe reaches 40 today, leading pro-life advocates say they are renewing their commitment to change the makeup of the Supreme Court so Roe is reversed and states can once again provide legal protection for unborn children.

“Let today be the beginning of the end for the terrifying 40-year legacy of Roe v. Wade. Protecting the unborn and restoring a culture of life in our nation has never been more important,” says Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America.

Nance says the beginning of the end can be found through getting taxpayer dollars out of the abortion industry.

“Abortionists across the nation are padding their coffers with exorbitant sums of money from our government. Abortion is big business – “business” supported by your tax dollars,” she explained. “For example, according to their recently released annual report, in 2012 alone Planned Parenthood received a staggering $542 million in government funding. It performed 333,964 abortions … one every 94 seconds … abortions you helped pay for.”

While some Americans may be hopeless about ending abortion, Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics says the pro-life movement has been successful in stopping abortions even within the confines of legalized abortion.

“When I started Life Dynamics in 1992, there were over 2,100 abortion clinics in America. Today, there are just over 600, and most of those that remain are gasping for air. But be assured, if the pro-life movement had never existed, there could easily be one in every mall and strip shopping center in the country,” he said.

Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest said Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that AUL’s legislative strategy of creating model legislation that erodes the flawed reasoning of Roe “is undermining a flawed and fatal decision that has led to the deaths of more than 55 million unborn children and harmed a generation of women. AUL has a winning legal strategy that is gathering momentum and overtaking a losing proposition.”

Yoest continued: “On this sad day we have to wonder who we are missing? With so many women and their unborn children injured and lost to abortion, we reflect on the importance of pressing on.  We remain determined to advance a sound legal strategy and committed to working toward a day when every person is welcomed in life and protected in law.”



The legal team of Americans United for Life has been involved in every life-related case before the Supreme Court beginning with Roe v Wade. AUL went on to develop “the pro-life playbook,” Defending Life, a guidebook of model legislation for office holders who want to enact reasonable limits on abortion.

As a result of Roe, the United States is one of the four nations with the most radical abortion policies in the world, Yoest told LifeNews. The U.S. stands with North Korea, China and Canada in allowing abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason (such as sex selection) and sometimes with government subsidies. Most of the world’s 195 nations limit abortion after 20 weeks because of the dangers of that late-term procedure.

“We are advancing the winning formula for reversing Roe,” she said.