Did you attend any of the festivities marking the 40th anniversary on Tuesday?
Some readers are probably wondering what anniversary I’m talking about. I am talking about the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Yes, that one.
I saw a few e-mails and Tweets yesterday with numbers – both sides of the issue like to spew numbers out to help their cause – faceless numbers. According to a story from The Weekly Standard, “The National Right to Life Committee estimates that, in that time period (since 1973), there have been 54,559,615 abortions in America.”
The 54,559,615 people who had these abortions all have personal stories – many of these personal stories may break your heart, just as many of them may regret their decision.
Gallup released a poll about Roe v. Wade yesterday that showed “Forty years after the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Roe v. Wade, significantly more Americans want the landmark abortion decision kept in place rather than overturned, 53% to 29%. Another 18% have no opinion, the highest level of uncertainty Gallup has recorded on this question in trends dating to 1989.”
Maybe we’ve developed a callous attitude toward abortion like we have toward violence on TV, in movies, or in video games?
Gallup also asked “if abortion should be ‘legal under any circumstances,’ ‘legal only under certain circumstances,’ or ‘illegal in all circumstances.’” They found that, “Currently, 52% favor the middle position, while 28% say it should always be legal and 18% never legal.”
Over the years since the nine men on the U.S. Supreme Court made the Roe v. Wade decision we’ve seen many in Congress try to change laws to make abortion illegal. That fight continues today not only in Washington, but in state legislatures across the country.
The debate over abortion will probably never end. It shouldn’t. It should not end because it deals with a life. Abortion should never be as common as popping an aspirin to get rid of a headache.
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