January 22, 2013 marked 40
years since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed abortion on demand for all nine
months on the citizens of the United States. For 40 years, the Supreme Court
decisions have sanctioned the killing of an estimated 55 million children. For
40 years countless women have suffered physically, emotionally, spiritually,
and psychologically from the violence of abortion. And for 40 years, pro-life
voices have persevered and grown stronger as we fight for the unborn child's
right to life and offer assistance to his or her mother.
40 years later, the two women
who filed the initial lawsuits which resulted in the establishment of abortion
on demand throughout the United States-Norma Corvey the "Roe" of Roe
v Wade and Sandra Cano the "Doe" Doe v. Bolton-are now ardent
pro-life advocates who work to overturn the deadly court decisions.
All around the United States, numerous state pro-life events and
activities marked the solemn commemoration of the day including activities on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Victims of abortion spoke out at a press
conference hosted by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Dan Lipinski
(D-IL), Co-Chairs of Congressional Pro-life Caucus, and Diane Black (R-TN)
Years of Victims - Abortion Hurts Women & Babies".
Post-abortive women shared
their experiences, pain and suffering from abortion, vowing to be "silent
no more". Irene Beltrain, who now directs California's post abortive Silent No More Awareness
Campaign spoke of feeling her baby "kick and turn hastily" as the
abortionist inserted the poisonous saline solution. "I have suffered from
depression, anxiety, and an eating disorder, to name a few. I felt damaged,
humiliated, and hopeless after my abortion. Women deserve better than
abortion," said Beltrain.
Representative Dan Lipinski
spoke of rededication, "While we mourn for the babies and their mothers,
we in the pro-life movement must rededicate ourselves to prayer and action to
protect life. In Washington we must continue to focus on changing our nation's
Piercing questions were raised
by Rep. Diane Black: "Over
the last 40 years, more than 55 million babies have been aborted. What does
that communicate about our society? Do we value women, families, children,
life? Or do we prefer convenience, short-term solutions, and moral
Members of the House of
Representatives took to the House floor to highlight the travesty of abortion
in America during a Special Order on January 22.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn spoke of
legislative efforts to reduce funding for abortion, including her bill to
reduce Title X funding. "We are continuing to work to make certain that we
focus on helping the families that have felt the impact of abortion in their
life. We're focusing on celebrating life and committing to making certain that we
stand and work toward a pro-life America," said Blackburn.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler spoke of the damaging effects abortion has on
the unborn, women, men and society: "Abortion has consequences. It deadens
our consciences and it perpetrates the lie that killing the unborn is morally
acceptable." Freshman member Rep Ann Wagner added strong words, "I
believe in the sanctity of life, that life is truly a gift, from conception to
natural death, and I am dedicated to protecting the rights of the unborn. I
support the efforts to reduce the number of abortions in this country, and will
work not only to make abortion illegal, but to make abortion unthinkable."
The growing number of young
people who actively oppose abortion and who will converge on Washington during
the March for Life on January 25 was recognized by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry:
"Among the people who will come are multitudes of young persons from all
over America-young people who are the inheritors of the great civil rights
traditions of this land. These young people are pro-life... they're really
saying something pretty simple. They are saying that the time for honesty has
come, that the time for a new national conversation has come, that the time for
the violence to end has come, and that the time since the Supreme Court
decision that legalized abortion on demand some 40 years ago has inflicted a
deep wound on ourselves and the very soul of this country."
The fact that abortion violates
human rights and principles of justice and compassion was highlighted by Rep.
Chris Smith: "The passage of time hasn't changed the fact that abortion is
a serious, lethal violation of fundamental human rights. And that women and
children deserve better-much better. And that the demands of justice,
generosity and compassion demands that the right to life be guaranteed to
everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, condition of dependency, disability, or
stage of development."
Smith continued, "Someday
future generations will look back on America and wonder how and why such a
seemingly enlightened society, so blessed and endowed with education, advanced
science, information, wealth and opportunity could have failed to protect the
innocent and inconvenient."
Moves to restore protection to
children in the womb in the U.S. are advancing on the state level; 2012 was
deemed an historic year for pro-life legislation. A report by Americans United
for Life (AUL) evaluated the pro-life efforts in all 50 states, "Last
year, at least 60 new life-affirming laws, including at least 38 measures
related to abortion, were enacted. Additionally, 16 pro-life state resolutions
were adopted." Legislation enacted included bans on government funding for
abortion, restrictions on abortion drugs, ultrasound requirements, abortion
clinic regulations and informed consent laws. AUL President and CEO Dr.
Charmaine Yoest, explained that these state-level successes lay "the
foundation for rolling back and reversing Roe v. Wade."
notes that Rep. Smith in his concluding remarks expressed a view that speaks
for entire pro-life movement, "The struggle to re-establish durable
protections for the most discriminated minority in America today-unborn babies-
is worth any personal sacrifice, inconvenience or pain. We cannot allow the
violence against women and their children to continue." v