Roe: Forty Years Later
Forty years ago, the Supreme Court of the United States, in perhaps the most controversial case in the 20th century, ruled in favor of a woman’s right to an abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Four decades later, our country has witnessed over 55 million abortions and millions of hurting men and women, who have struggled in the wake of personal loss as a result.
The impact of abortion not only stirs the hearts of men and women individually, but has affected the soul of a nation. For Roe has ushered in a new era for the national identity of the United States, which currently stands with North Korea, China and Canada, as the only four countries in the world permitting abortion for any reason after viability.
Yet, in spite of the grim reality and national loss caused by abortion, Americans United for Life has been faithfully serving to protect the lives of women and their children and to restore the soul of a nation. Because a reversal of Roe would return the abortion issue to the states and to the people’s elected representatives, we continue to prepare for “the Day after Roe,” by drafting model legislation which can be enacted and enforced at the state level. Our legislation, published in our annual Defending Life publication, aids policy-makers across the country in drafting and passing laws protecting Life and women. We are committed to shutting down Big Abortion by exposing the harm abortion causes to women. We are committed to defending Rights of Conscience through legislation and litigation, in the more than 40 lawsuits filed against the HHS mandate. Finally, we are committed to reversing Roe by targeting the “reliance interest,” a legal doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court which states that abortion must remain legal because women have come to “rely” upon it to secure their positions in society. We are committed to a future, to a nation whose soul understands the worth of every human life, whose mind understands the Freedoms of Conscience of all Americans, and whose heart believes that women can be more than victims who must rely upon abortion for success.
While Roe has indeed left its mark on our nation and on the lives of her people, we refuse to believe that this is who we are as a nation.
Now we are committed. Now we are united. Now we are more than ever, for Life.
Biography of Hadley Arkes, speaker at the Advocates for Life reception on January 25.