Have voters and the public in general changed their attitude toward abortion?
That is a question that is most appropriate to assess on this 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade 1973 Supreme Court ruling.
In the forty years since that infamous ruling some 55 million babies have been aborted in this country. And consider this: every third person under the age of 40 is not with us. Because that’s how many abortions have been performed during that period.
Imagine that, potential brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors that are not with us due to the massive termination of pregnancy.
The so-called expansion of reproductive rights has many wondering if this has really been good for America, and not simply from a religious standpoint.
Some of those potential people may have become scientists, inventors, health care professionals, famous writers or artists. Some may have even developed a cure for such dreaded diseases as cancer and AIDS.
Yet, when something is repeated enough times, many come to believe it as gospel. And when something is done enough times, it also becomes the norm.
A personal example came in a radio debate I once had with famed feminist attorney, Gloria Allred.
During the KABC- Radio Los Angeles debate Ms. Allred kept speaking of this expansion of reproductive rights by repeating her claim that it was all about, “a woman’s right to choose.” And what turned the debate into a heated one was my response that in such cases of unwanted pregnancies, it was obvious that the woman’s first “choice” to have unprotected sex was not the correct one.
Immediately, Ms. Allred pounced on me in her attempt to insinuate that I meant the male involved had no responsibility in the matter. However, I challenged this by saying that although the male is just as complicit, not always does the male know if there is a potential resulting pregnancy.
Yet, in virtually all cases the woman knows if she is taking precautions – such as birth control.
Let’s get back to the 1973 ruling allowing legal abortions. In the years following the ruling a majority of the public favored abortions. However, by 2009 a Gallup Poll showed that 51% of Americans considered themselves pro-life, while on 42% claimed to be pro-choice.
And with a pro-choice president in the White House expanding his policies of public funding of abortions, as well as taxpayer-funded birth control, it is debatable as to where this issue will go in the coming years.
Religious institutions across the country have filed lawsuits against the president’s Affordable Care Act for its mandated coverage of contraception by the insurance companies they do business with. Their claim, one that makes clear sense, is that their religious freedom is being violated by forcing them to provide for contraception against their religious beliefs – even if it’s forced through their insurance providers.
When Sandra Fluke made her way into the limelight testifying before congress, I confirmed with Walmart that a woman could purchase a 30 day supply of birth control pills for $9.00. Yet, Ms. Fluke, a Georgetown University student claimed that her pills would cost her $3,000 a year.
It is sad and even outrageous that in this 21st century we have those who would support abortion – the taking of human life – right up to delivery time. Especially when DNA has recently shown that life actually begins at conception.
Yet, the Center for Reproductive Rights produces a video of a black man celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade while 73% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.
While we have progressed technologically in ways we never dreamed of during the last 40 years, we have retrogressed morally.
Sad? No, rather outrageous.
Spero columnist John Mancino writes on politics and legal issues.