This early report reveals that very few people realized how expansive the Roe decision would prove to be. On the same day that Roe was decided, the Supreme Court also handed down a decision on Doe v. Bolton, which in effect did away with any trimester limitations on abortion. Roe and Doe together ensured that a woman would have a right to abortion for any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Since that time, Roe v. Wade has presided over the deaths of 55 million unborn children in America.
Evangelicals were caught flat-footed by the Roe decision. Only the Roman Catholics were speaking for life in those early days. As this report shows, the Catholics knew what was at stake and that the moral fight for the unborn was only just beginning. Forty years later, they have been proven right.