January 22, 1973 the Supreme Court ruled abortion legal in the United States. But that decision only fueled flames to the ongoing debate which continues presently in the pro-life and pro-choice controversy. Today, that decision has its 40th anniversary.
What is the condition of the battle today? One recent article asks the question, “Who is winning the abortion battle?” That may not be the right question. One needs to examine the lives of those affected and what the battle has done to change America.
According to a recent Pew Research Center, 63% of registered voters say they would not want Roe vs. Wade overturned, while 29% say they would. A disturbing fact however is, only 62% of voters know what Roe vs. Wade stands for! Another 17% guessed at it and 20% had no idea. In other words 37% of those voting were ignorant of Roe vs. Wade. Even worse 57% of those under 30 had no idea and they are the ones affected by the decision.
These statistics lead naturally into more which show 53% say abortion is not important; the largest percentage ever. While they feel it is not important yet 47% would tell us abortion is morally wrong while 27% say it is not a moral issue. Evangelical Protestants (54%) are most interested in reversing the decision.
A first assessment of this battle concerns the ignorance of the American people concerning abortion. This lack of knowledge is consistent with the dumbing down of America in many areas of education especially American History and Patriotism. Who is going to educate future students concerning the basic facts of American History? This generation assumes abortion to be the easy way out like everything else so choice and an honorable decision is missing.
Another disturbing fact is the divide between what is important and what is moral. One says abortion is morally wrong but at the same time not important. Putting it into perspective, their thought is, abortion is morally wrong but since it is not important, do it anyway.
Another fact stated is over a million pair of parents wish to adopt children every year and the supply of adoptable children is not available. China and Russia specifically have restricted their adoption policies.
While these statistics are disturbing, hope can also be seen.
• Many states moved forward in 2012 with restrictions on abortion. Such decisions included 43 provisions and 19 state laws and abortion providers have dropped in half since 1982.
• Some states are requiring abortion procedures be done in hospitals for the sake of the mother’s life in cases of complications.
• Pregnancy centers run as alternatives to abortion clinics have increased and are successful. Often these centers will refer saved babies to adoptive parents and at times encourage a relationship between the expectant mother and adoptive parents.
• Restrictions have increased including longer waiting periods and parental consent laws.
• Obama Care has diminished the efforts of pro-choice advocates as 15 states rejected his pro-abortion provision.
• The most encouraging development has been among young women who take on the cause of pro-life. The original women feminists of the 1920’s were pro-life. Susan B. Anthony called abortion, “child murder.” Alice Paul wrote the 1923 Equal Rights Amendment calling abortion, “the ultimate exploitation of women.” Currently Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America has organized 675 pro-life groups on college campuses and Lillian Rose leads Live Action which seeks to expose the lies of the pro-choice movement. Over the last two summers young women from Stanford, Georgetown, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the University of California, Berkley have joined together as defenders of the unborn while informing pro-life groups on the tragedy of abortion. These college age ladies understand abortions in terms of civil rights since one third of their peers are no longer here but were discarded as trash in dumpsters somewhere.
In economic terms alone, what has over 55,772,000 abortions cost America? We have lost close to 20% of the population and that should be unacceptable by anyone’s standard. Half of those aborted babies would be at least 20 years old today and part of the American work force. For the past 40 years their parent(s) would have been buying them clothes, food and all the essentials that American children require. What would that additional revenue have done for states and the federal government?
If one assumed only an average of $10.00 per hour for only 27 million of those aborted, today they would be earning $10.8 billion per week and $561.6 billion per year. That would be just this year not including what they have earned over the last 20 years.
That would have added $69.638 billion to the Social Security Fund, $61.776 billion to the federal treasury through income taxes at this low income rate, and $4.330 billion for FICA. Just for comparison alone, Social Security in 2011 ran a $45 billion deficit and in 2010 a $49 billion deficit. Overall, depending on accounting procedures, Social Security has a $402-567 billion deficit. Medicare and Medicaid figures are rising and rather unknown.
What has 40 years of Roe vs. Wade cost the American people? Only in economic terms, you can figure it out.
In addition to economics, what has it cost the individual beyond dollar figures? The pro-choice agenda wants to dismiss the realities that follow abortion found in a post abortion syndrome. Health issues are real and determine whether another pregnancy can occur. Grief, regret and numerous mental health issues are also real to the parent of the aborted baby. Valuable information can be found in an interview done in 1980 with the former United States Surgeon General, Dr. Koop found at http://www.pathlights.com/abortion/abort08.htm
The question which must be answered by everyone in the United States is, “Where is the outrage?” If the everyday person on the street knew the numbers, they would be shocked and angry just by the economic figures lost. Yet our government contributed $542 million to Planned Parenthood in 2012, an abortion organization which has over a billion dollars in assets. From a spiritual position we ought to be crying out to God in repentance on behalf of our nation for the holocaust that continues to plague our land. If we could only hear the cries of the unborn, the anguish of mothers who made a poor choice, and listen to distraught parents who would desire a baby through adoption, maybe then our complacency would diminish and our hearts would ache. What will we do? Just stand by and let it happen or spring into action and use the power and opportunities we have to take action?
Roe vs. Wade has eliminated what God has ordained. That decision eliminated doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, biophysicists, besides the professions that provide for everyday needs. Each life was ordained by God for a purpose but the Supreme Court took upon them the authority to overrule God and snuff out His designed purpose.While pro-choicers accuse pro-lifers of putting women's health in the hands of men in the U.S. Congress, in 1973 they put the death of over 55 million children in the hands of 7 men.