Today is the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe vs. Wade. This is the event that made abortion legal in all states at one time. Even though the woman known as Roe has since become an opponent to abortion, in 1973 the highest court in the land ruled on her case making it possible for any woman to have an abortion for any reason.
Christians in Springfield and all across America differ in the opinion of which is the correct side in this debate. While some believe that every child has a right to life, others believe in the right of a woman to choose whether to have children or not. Many Christians view abortion as sin, but not all.
For 40 years their has been controversy over this issue. Both Republicans and Democrats are on both sides of this controversy. Is the real issue whether abortion is the taking of a life or does a woman have the right to choose not to be a mother? Politically speaking neither of these is the real issue. The problem with this issue is the same as many others. Who has the authority, federal or state governments?
Another way to express it is State’s Rights. When the United States Constitution was written, certain powers were given to Congress, The Federal Judiciary or the Executive branch. Abortion is one of those items that is not listed in the Constitution anywhere, therefore it should fall to each state. Roe vs. Wade infringed upon this state’s right.
When the abortion rights issue comes up, remember what the real issue is. Should the Federal or State government make the laws dealing with this issue? How your State Officials view this is pertinent, but not how our Federal Officials feel about it.