Roe v. Wade’s Days Are Numbered | Christianity Today

Roe v. Wade’s Days Are Numbered | Christianity Today.

AbuseofDiscretion-CForsytheThis coming Sunday, January 19, 2014, is designated by various pro-life organizations as “Sanctity of Human Life” Sunday here in the United States. In connection with that Christianity Today highlights a new book (Sept., 2013) which calls into question some serious legal issues with the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision (1973) and points to the fact that it could actually be overturned someday.

Part of this article is an interview with the author, Clark Forsythe. Below is the opening part of this article. It is worth reading from many points of view, not the least of which is that we may know what developments there are in undoing this tragic law in our land. To read the entire article, visit the CT link above.

Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, a leading pro-life legal expert believes the decision has never been more vulnerable to being overturned.

In his new book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, Clark Forsythe, senior legal counsel at Americans United for Life, details what he uncovered in examining the private papers of the justices, their case files, and oral arguments. After 20 years of research, Forsythe found that:

  • The justices decided to hear Roe under a misunderstanding that it concerned state criminal prosecutions, not a constitutional right to abortion.
  • They arbitrarily expanded fetal viability from 12 weeks to 28 weeks with little discussion or medical knowledge.
  • The Court’s majority relied heavily on popular, but unproved, ’70s-era evidence that there was an urgent need for population control in the United States.

Since Roe, there have been 50 million abortions in the United States. Currently, there are about 1 million per year. But public opinion has slowly been shifting toward ending abortion on demand. The 2013 Gallup poll showed that since 1995, more Americans than ever consider themselves pro-life. Overall the nation remains very evenly divided on abortion. Gallup reports that there is a difference of only 3 percentage points between pro-life and pro-choice (48 percent vs. 45 percent).

Timothy C. Morgan, CT senior editor of global journalism, recently interviewed Forsythe about his book, which The Wall Street Journal said “provides a cautionary tale about the political and constitutional hazards of unnecessarily broad Supreme Court decisions.”

March for Life 2013: A Pro-Life Generation

March for Life 2013: A Pro-Life Generation.

Last Saturday, in view of the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Suprme Court decision on abortion known as Roe v.Wade, I posted an article from Christianity Today. This Saturday I refer you to yesterday’s “The Morning Bell” (Friday, Jan.25, 2013) article from the Heritage Foundation (a conservative political organization), about the “March for Life” held yesterday. Understand that by posting this I am not necessarily advocating support for this march or any other tactic used by pro-life supporters. As with any other moral issue we face as Christians in this world, there are lawful and unlawful ways of speaking out against the evils of our time and speaking out for the great good of God’s moral standards. May God give us wisdom to discern – and wisdom not to keep silence.

Below is the beginning of the report; read the rest at the link above.

Later today, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life.

Crowds are expected to exceed last year’s 400,000 participants, to walk a now-familiar route to the steps of the Supreme Court to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wadedecision that, along with an accompanying ruling in Doe v. Bolton, legalized abortion-on-demand across the United States.

The official theme of this year’s march is “40 = 55M.” It’s an equation meant to reflect the enormous cost of 40 years under the ethic of Roe: Since the Supreme Court’s decision in 1973, an estimated 55 million abortions have been performed.

Like many annual March for Life events before it, there will likely also be smaller groups of counter-protests by abortion advocates holding signs and chanting slogans championing the ethic of Roe that pledges unwavering allegiance to a right of abortion-on-demand, for any reason. But those now-tired slogans are no longer able to convince a new generation that denying life to some will lead to a more just society and freedom for others.

Roe at 40: Who’s Winning the Abortion Battle?

Roe at 40: Who’s Winning the Abortion Battle? | Christianity Today.

Abortion-1As we approach the 40th anniversary of Roe v.Wade next Tuesday (Jan.22, 1973-2013 ), David Gibson at the Religion News Service  (RNS) offers a summary of where the battle currently is (posted Jan.18, 2013). It may seem to us, given the support that the abortion rights cause has at present from our president and his administration, that defending and preserving the life of the unborn is a losing (even lost) cause. But, as Gibson shows, the pro-life cause is fighting and winning the battle in other ways. Here is the beginning of the “CT” report; read the rest at the link above.

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, many opponents of the decision are in a celebratory mood while those backing abortion rights are glum, feeling that momentum is turning decisively against them.

Yet in reality, little has changed in the fiercest and most protracted battle of the nation’s bitter culture war.

Instead, what’s really going on is a case study in the psychology of movement politics, where activists have to rally supporters with cries of alarm without making them despair that all is lost. At the same time, they must offer evidence that their efforts are paying off without leaving them complacent.

It’s a difficult balancing act, and lately the abortion rights camp has been the one to sound the warnings.

“As memories of women dying from illegal pre-Roe abortions become more distant, the pro-choice cause is in crisis,” Kate Pickert wrote in a bleak—for Roe supporters—and eye-catching Time magazine cover essay this month.

Pickert pointed to the growing number of state-level actions to restrict access to abortion services—the Guttmacher Institute’s annual review found that in 2012 there were 43 such provisions in 19 state laws—and the decrease in abortion providers nationwide, from 2,908 in 1982 to 1,793 in 2008.

Pregnancy centers run by conservative Christians as alternatives to abortion clinics have been proliferating as well, and there have been concerted—and often successful—efforts to cut or bar government funding of Planned Parenthood.

May we remember that being pro-life – with regard to the unborn as well as to every neighbor of ours (the elderly too!) – is rooted in true love of our neighbor for Christ’s sake (obedience to the 2nd table of God’s law, especially the 6th commandment). And may we remember that this love of neighbor is in turn rooted in true love of the Father of Jesus Christ – the Triune God – the Maker and Giver of life and the only Lord of life and death.