“The most consequential cultural and political event in American history in the past half century was the Roe v. Wade decision of January 22, 1973. An argument can be made that it is rivaled by September 11, but that fateful day did not result in the deep realignment of religious, cultural, and political dynamics resulting from the Supreme Court’s ukase, which established an unlimited abortion license that wiped from the books of all fifty states any legal protection of unborn children. . . This Monday marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On January 23, 1973, the New York Times reported that the Court had ‘settled’ the dispute over abortion. Thirty-four years later, there is no more intensely contested issue in our public life.” –Richard John Neuhaus, First Things (January 2007)
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Today marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Over 47 million unborn babies have been killed by abortion since 1973. Abortion is legal until the moment of birth in all 50 states as determined by Roe vs. Wade. Even though President Bush signed a law outlawing partial-birth abortions that are performed in the last trimester, this law was challenged and has never been put into effect. It will go before this current session of the Supreme Court for a ruling as to its legality and enforcement. 43 % of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27% identify themselves as Catholic. 50% of women who have abortions use it as their sole means of birth control. Texas is the third leading state in performing abortions, following New York and California (See Be a Voice for Life and Heartlink).
I believe that many people are able to dodge this issue in their own consciences because they have been conditioned to do so by a culture of death and because the unborn themselves are silent and out of sight. One way to cure this indifference is by making images of abortion public.
11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter, O hold them back.
12 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?
(HT: Justin Taylor)