Today marks 39 years since the Supreme Court handed down its infamous Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973. That single Supreme Court decision nullified state laws across the country restricting abortion. Roe v. Wade made it possible for women to get legal abortions throughout all stages of pregnancy, and the decision has been upheld in the courts as the law of the land.
As a result, the regime of Roe v. Wade has presided over 50 million legal abortions in the United States. It is difficult to comprehend the scale of this atrocity, but we must try. Hitler’s Germany killed 6 million Jews during the Holocaust era. The deaths issuing from the Roe v. Wade decision is the Holocaust times eight. Abortion on demand is the greatest human rights crisis of our time, and the slaughter continues today with the approval and sanction of our federal government.
Every year on the Sunday that falls closest to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, churches across the country set aside time to speak for the unborn in their worship services. It is a solemn occasion of prayer and prophetic witness on behalf of the slaughter of the innocents. It is a commemoration of the day that began our long national shame.
That is why I was provoked by the remarks President Obama released today to commemorate the occasion. President Obama did not censure Roe v. Wade. Rather, he celebrated it as a milestone in the fight for women’s rights. Here he is in his own words:
As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue- no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.
It was the last line of the statement that provoked me the most. The President says he wants “our daughters [to] have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons.” Who could disagree with that statement? I agree with it totally. The problem is that President Obama does not really mean it. At the same time he calls us to protect our daughters’ rights, President Obama praises the decision that has led to the legal killing of at least 25 million of our unborn daughters. Clearly he does not want to protect the rights of all of our daughters, but only some of them. How can he not see the moral absurdity of his own words?
There was no reason for President Obama to speak today. In fact, I would rather that he would have put his hand over his mouth and kept silent. On today of all days, his calloused indifference toward our unborn daughters is a stunning and sad spectacle.
Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place. -Jeremiah 22:3
If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
O hold them back.
If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?