The 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade is about to be put on life support and the plug may be pulled. Speculation is running high that SCOTUS may reverse Roe in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Arguments will be heard in October.
The Mississippi law bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This is a direct challenge to Roe, which says states may not prohibit abortion until viability of the child. If the court upholds the Mississippi law, then the heart of Roe will be gone. States will be free to restrict and even ban abortion.
A brief authored by attorney Allan Parker of the Justice Foundation on behalf of the National Institute of Family of Life Advocates, or NIFLA, urges the reversal of Roe. The first of five specific arguments set forth in the brief states that abortion is a crime against humanity. Since Roe allows for a continuation of this manslaughter, it must be overturned. To date, more than 64 million children have died by abortion since 1973.
Abortion is a gruesome and hideous act. It is not like a dermatologist removing a wart or a dentist removing a tooth, as abortion proponents argued in their early efforts to legalize it. Rather, abortion brutally dismembers a living human being. Skulls are crushed. Arms and legs are dismembered. And the human remains of children are scraped together, placed in a plastic body bag, and sent to an incinerator for disposal. Animals killed at slaughterhouses for food are treated more humanely. The procedures for the demise of condemned prisoners on death row are far more compassionate.
Is abortion a procedure that we should continue to tolerate? Decent humanity requires that it be ended.
Roe allows for this brutality at any time in pregnancy. It said abortion may not be prohibited if necessary to preserve the “health” of the mother. However, its broad definition of health allows abortion for any reason and at any time, including late stages of pregnancy.
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According to a 2014 report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the United States is only one of seven nations that allow for late-term abortions. North Korea, Vietnam and China are three others. This is not an honorable fraternity of nations with which to be a member.
The Lozier report states: “The United States is within the top 4% of most permissive abortion policies in the world … The clear norm among countries that permit elective abortion is to limit abortion to before 20 weeks gestation, and elective abortion is more commonly limited to 12 weeks (the first trimester).”
How could America, founded on the idea that all human beings are endowed by their creator with an inalienable right to life, allow this to happen? The answer to this is that Roe v. Wade created the path leading to where we now find ourselves.
Dehumanization of victims of oppression is always necessary to justify oppression. The dehumanization of pre-born babies in Roe justified to some the acceptance of abortion. Roe made two horrific blunders that dehumanized the unborn.
First, the Court said that it need not decide the “difficult question of when human life begins.” It then proceeded to allow for aborting unborn children throughout pregnancy. Second, it said that the unborn, whether human or not, are not persons under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, and thus their lives are not protected as such.
There never has been a debate in scientific circles regarding the humanity of the unborn. This is simply a scientific fact. Even if there is a question about the humanity of the unborn, simple logic dictates that decisions concerning life and death should always favor a presumption of life.
Roe’s denial of personhood to a class of human beings was the second dehumanization of the unborn and opened the door for the death of millions. Such a ruling had precedent only in the tragic Dred Scott Decision, which denied African slaves the right to become citizens and prepared the groundwork for a bloody Civil War.
Abortion is a crime against humanity. Roe denied humanity to an entire group of human beings and opened the door to the American abortion culture. It must be completely discarded.
America’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must be made a reality to all human beings. The unborn, the most vulnerable of our human family, are at the very least entitled to life.
LifeNews Note: Thomas Glessner, J.D., is president and founder of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, or NIFLA, a pro-life nonprofit that made history and headlines in the Supreme Court case NIFLA v. Becerra.