40 years ago today, America’s future was permanently shifted onto a more liberal, secular path in the ruling of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. However, abortion did not just appear in 1973. The groundwork to make abortion legal started in 1961 in the case of Poe v. Ullman where Planned Parenthood brought a case against Connecticut, because state law prohibited the sale and use of contraceptives. Planned Parenthood picked its defendants very carefully which included a single woman, a married couple and an obstetrician, but lost because none of the defendants were actually involved. Justice Harlan wrote the dissent saying “I believe that a statute making it a criminal offense for married couples to use contraceptives is an intolerable and unjustifiable invasion of privacy in the conduct of the most intimate concerns of an individual’s personal life.”
This dissent started the precedent for the “Right to Privacy.” Once they lost the case, Planned Parenthood officials sought to get people arrested for using contraception, so they could mount a further challenge to the ruling. They did so in 1965 in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut. Justice Douglas adopted the privacy reasoning of Justice Harlan and the “Right to Privacy” became Constitutional Law. This “Right to Privacy” is very contentious because where does a crime fit in? If a man beats or murders his wife in the bedroom, does he have the same “Right to Privacy”?
In Texas, a woman could not get an abortion unless “by medical advice for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.” The Roe v. Wade case was brought forward because “Roe” wanted the right to abort her baby, even though her life was not at risk. Justice Blackmun opened his opinion with “One’s philosophy, one’s experiences, one’s exposure to the raw edges of human existence, one’s religious training, one’s attitudes toward life and family and their values, and the moral standards one establishes and seeks to observe, are all likely to influence and to color one’s thinking and conclusions about abortion. In addition, population growth, pollution, poverty, and racial overtones tend to complicate and not to simplify the problem.”
It is clear from the case, that some of the judges believed the Constitution provided little information or a path forward and that the judges would have to go with their own personal feelings – hardly the way for any court to rule, especially the Supreme Court. However, Justice Harlan was the only Justice not to join the Court and he wrote, “But the protection of a person’s general right to privacy – his right to be let alone by other people – is, like the protection of his property and of his very life, left largely to the law of the individual States.”
Ronald Reagan summed it up best when he said in 1983, “Our nationwide policy of abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators – not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973.” However the U.S. is not the only country to push abortion on their citizens. Ireland is currently involved in the abortion debate, where the Government wants to legislate for the “X-Case” – arguing that a woman should be able to get an abortion if her life is in danger, including danger of suicide.
Ireland’s pro-life groups are arguing that an abortion is never necessary. In general, Irish people believe in big, powerful democratic government, unlike the founding principles of the U.S. Last Saturday, over 30,000 Patriots put aside all political divides and despite heavy snow in parts of the country, came together in the capital to rally and tell the government that “life is precious” and we will hold them accountable at the next election. To put this in context, Ireland has a population of just over 5 million people. Ireland was voted the safest place for a lady to have a baby by the WHO and the country is doing everything it can to keep it that way, despite one of the governing parties looking like they will break an election promise of being pro-life.
Although people argue to legalize abortion for many reasons, the arguments against it don’t waver.
Women’s Life – Because of legal precedent, abortion should never be permitted. If a doctor decides a pregnant woman’s life is at risk, and they need to stop the pregnancy, abortion should not be the answer. The answer should be to induce labour and deliver the baby early. Once delivered, the mother should receive all the care she needs to save her life. However the baby should be treated as an individual with its own individual rights and every effort made to save the babies life. Remember how Barack Obama voted in the Chicago Senate in 2002 on babies who survived abortion?
Fetus, not a baby – This line is always used in the media and by pro-choice people, going as far as saying it’s only a group of cells. Would you say that to a pregnant couple rejoicing, who had a hard time having a baby or who had to go through IVF? Or to a couple who go through the agony of losing their baby through miscarriage or deliver a baby stillborn? The medical professionals, through their actions, admit it’s a baby. When preforming abortions, some clinics give the baby anesthetic, so not to cause the baby distress while being killed. If it was only a bunch of cells, how could it feel distress?
While Ireland has a long battle to keep abortion illegal, America has other problems which are equally concerning. The first issue is the attention abortion receives and how it’s become the “norm.” After the last election, some commentators called for Republicans to drop the pro-life issue because it was no longer an issue they could “win” since people have just accepted it as part of everyday life. Conservatives have to answer this by sticking to their principles – if the future of Conservatives lies in issues they can only win, and then they may as well just embrace Big Government.
Abortion on demand in America has now turned into women having abortions because they are not happy with sex of their baby…. Sorry Fetus. 2012 was the best year on record for Planned Parenthood with 333,964 abortions.
What does the future hold for this issue? With Obamacare coming into full effect shortly and controlling every aspect of your healthcare, would you rule out the government controlling pregnancies? Would you rule out the government telling someone they had to have an abortion because their baby is a high risk of obesity, diabetes, or special needs such as Autism or ADHD? Imagine being told you need an abortion because your baby will cost too much money?
America still has four years of the Obama Presidency to survive, and with his administration pushing for the UN to push Women’s Privacy Rights, America could be responsible for other countries having abortion on demand. This future is very frightening and could be very real, unless the American people rise up and say that while no life is perfect, EVERY life is precious. I strongly encourage everyone to get involved in the Pro-Life movement because this fight is far from over and to quote Reagan, “If not you, WHO? If not now, WHEN?
If you want more information on how abortion became legal, please see below full rulings on the cases I mentioned or I advise you read chapter 4 of Mark Levin’s book “Men in Black”:
Poe V Ullman
Griswold v Connecticut
Roe V Wade