This month marks the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision known as “Roe v. Wade” and its companion case “Doe v. Bolton.” These two cases would overturn laws in the majority of the States in the U.S. and reverse decades of legal protection for unborn human beings. The following is an article that I wrote in an effort to raise awareness of this issue. It has been featured at SteveDeace.com, AbolishHumanAbortion.com and the website of America’s Independent Party (aipca.org). Please take the time to educate yourself on what I believe is the greatest violation of human rights in the history of the world.
Since the 1960s, the pro-abortion movement has employed the notion that it is someone’s “right” to choose whether they have an abortion. That archaic idea is fallacious at best, and ignorant at worst.
I’m going to take you back to January 22, 1973: a time when most Americans (especially those of the church) were essentially asleep. Their attention was being directed toward one or more of the following:
Elvis Presley’s televised concert from Hawaii was watched by 1.5 billion people worldwide (Jan 14, 1973), the Miami Dolphins Super Bowl victory, capping the completion of the only perfect season in NFL history (Jan 14, 1973), the suspension of offensive action in Vietnam (Jan 15, 1973), President Richard “not a crook” Nixon’s 2nd inaugural term (Jan 20, 1973), the Foreman/Frazier heavyweight championship bout (Jan 25, 1973), the death of former president Lyndon Johnson (Jan 25, 1973), the Paris Peace Accord signing that ended the war in Vietnam (Jan 27, 1973), and former presidential aides’ James McCord and G. Gordon Liddy conviction of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping for their roles in the Watergate break-in (Jan 30, 1973). On February 5, just 14 days after the landmark decision, Newsweek put it this way:
“The end of a war and the death of a President got bigger headlines. But in a quiet way, a third event last week may have as lasting an influence on American life. . . . In one of the boldest and most sweeping decisions of the Nixon years, the Court ruled 7-2 that the criminal abortion laws of almost every state violate a constitutional ‘right to privacy’ and must therefore be struck down.”
That media whirlwind was the backdrop of the January 22nd, 1973 decision of seven non-elected men, appointed for life, that changed the course of history…for the worse. Those seven men caved to the pressure of the I-don’t-want-to-face-the-consequences-of-my-actions crowd of the 1960s sexual revolution. That choice of the SCOTUS essentially aborted every state law that had previously protected human beings in the womb. Without a single vote being cast, without one word of due legislation being written, those seven oligarchs usurped the authority of the U.S. Congress and Senate, every individual State legislature and governor, not to mention We, the people, and created the worst human rights violation in the history of mankind by killing over 53 million human beings, to date. But the biggest usurpation is that of the supplanting of the authority of the Natural Law, or, as the Declaration of Independence states, “the Law of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
The Right to Life > The Right to Liberty > The Right to the Pursuit of Happiness
In their wisdom (which is lacking today), the writers and signers of the Declaration of Independence listed three of the inalienable rights: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. These Rights were listed in that order for a very logical reason. It is impossible for someone to pursue happiness without the right to liberty and it is impossible to have any rights without the right to life. Thus, the Right to Life is the foundational and the greatest of all Rights. Since that is the case, not only is it un-American, but it should also be illegal to terminate the life of another human being.
However, in the two-plus-two-makes-five society in which we now live it is not only accepted, but encouraged to put one’s own liberty and/or pursuit of happiness ahead of the life of another individual, all in the name of “choice”.
In order to justify their murderous choice, some say, “Well, if I have this baby, my life will be messed up and stuff because I’ll have to…like…take care of it and stuff. So, it’s really about my right to life.” By doing so, they create another fallacious reality to appease their conscience once they realize the fallacy of their previous position. Delusion begets more delusion. The abolition of abortion does not imply that the child is more valuable than the mother. Rather, it recognizes that the child’s right to not be killed is greater and more fundamental than the woman’s right not to be pregnant. The same can be said about an individual’s right to liberty being greater than another’s right to pursue their happiness. This is precisely why slavery was correctly abolished. Life is the foundation of all of the Rights that we possess. If we cannot acknowledge that truth than all of our other rights will be taken away from us.
We’re not in 1973 anymore, Todo.
Biological and medical science have progressed greatly since 1973. It is now very widely accepted that every new life has its genesis at conception. This is an irrefutable FACT of biology. It is true for animals and true for humans. When considered alongside the law of biogenesis – that every species reproduces after its own kind – only one conclusion can be drawn in regard to abortion. The circumstances of conception notwithstanding, and whether it be the morning after or the third trimester, abortion always ends the life of an individual human being. Even abortion advocates concede this simple fact.
Faye Wattleton, the longest reigning president of the largest abortion provider in the world – Planned Parenthood – argued as far back as 1997 that everyone already knows that abortion kills. She proclaims the following in an interview with Ms. Magazine:
“I think we have deluded ourselves into believing that people don’t know that abortion is killing. So any pretense that abortion is not killing is a signal of our ambivalence, a signal that we cannot say yes, it kills a fetus.” (Source: Faye Wattleton, “Speaking Frankly,” Ms., May / June 1997, Volume VII, Number 6, 67.)
Naomi Wolf, a prominent feminist author and abortion supporter, concedes the same point when she writes:
“Clinging to a rhetoric about abortion in which there is no life and no death, we entangle our beliefs in a series of self-delusions, fibs and evasions. And we risk becoming precisely what our critics charge us with being: callous, selfish and casually destructive men and women who share a cheapened view of human life…we need to contextualize the fight to defend abortion rights within a moral framework that admits that the death of a fetus is a real death.” (Source: Naomi Wolf, “Our Bodies, Our Souls,” The New Republic, October 16, 1995, 26.)
The point is: There is simply NO debate among honest, informed people that abortion kills a human being.
The problem is, Roe vs. Wade is actually built on the claim that there’s no way to say for certain whether or not abortion kills because no one can say for certain when life begins. Justice Harry Blackmun, who authored the majority opinion, wrote:
“The judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to… resolve the difficult question of when life begins… since those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus.” (Source: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).)
Because we now know without a doubt that this is scientifically and medically false, Justice Blackmun’s assertion is a ridiculous one. Biologically, life’s beginning is a settled fact. Individual human life begins at fertilization, and there numerous authoritative, public resources to prove this:
“Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo developmentn) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”
“A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”
(Source: Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.)
“Development begins with fertilization, the process by which the male gamete, the sperm, and the femal gamete, the oocyte, unite to give rise to a zygote.” (Source: T.W. Sadler, Langman’s Medical Embryology, 10th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006. p. 11.)
“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.” (Source: Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2.)
“Although life is a continuous process, fertilization (which, incidentally, is not a ‘moment’) is a critical landmark because, under ordinary circumstances, a new genetically distinct human organism is formed when the chromosomes of the male and female pronuclei blend in the oocyte.” (Source: Ronan O’Rahilly and Fabiola Müller, Human Embryology and Teratology, 3rd edition. New York: Wiley-Liss, 2001. p. 8.)
“The two cells gradually and gracefully become one. This is the moment of conception, when an individual’s unique set of DNA is created, a human signature that never existed before and will never be repeated.” (Source: In the Womb, National Geographic, 2005.)
“Biologically speaking, human development begins at fertilization.”
(Source: The Biology of Prenatal Develpment, National Geographic, 2006.
As if those were not enough, here’s some icing for your cake. In 1981, a United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee received the following testimony from a collection of medical experts:
“It is incorrect to say that biological data cannot be decisive…It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception.” Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth. Harvard University Medical School
The official Senate report reached this conclusion:
“Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being – a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings. (Source: Report, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers to Senate Judiciary Committee S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981, 7.)
So, if medical science tells us that the Roe v. Wade decision is false and pro-abortion activists like former Planned Parenthood President, Faye Wattleton, know and agree that abortions ends the life of a human being, some questions are begging to be asked: Why is Roe v. Wade still something that we use to justify the murder of 1.4 million babies every year? And why is abortion even an issue at all?
It stands to reason that if the court decision that made abortion “legal” by denying personhood status to the unborn is based on information that is scientifically proven to be false, the court decision itself is false. With this enlightenment we have but one course of action: Abolish human abortion. We must pass legislation that would make abortion illegal in every form and at every stage of pregnancy in every state, equate the practice of human abortion with that of murder, and execute such legislation with the full force of the law.
Bottom line: No one’s “right” to choice EVER trumps another individual’s Right to Life. Re-educate yourself, then re-educate those around you. It’s time for responsible, intelligent Americans to wake up, smell the blood-stained coffee of the reality that is this culture which has been created by our our ignorance and indifference and start to change it! It is our responsibility to shine the light of truth into the darkness of delusion and work to abolish the abomination that is abortion once and for all.