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Jan 22, 2007 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Sanctity of Human Life Week

Today, January 22, 2007, is the 34th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade (http://www NULL.law NULL.cornell NULL.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0410_0113_ZO NULL.html) decision, when the U.S. Supreme Court held that women have a constitutional right to abort their unborn children. Therefore, this week is set aside as the annual Sanctity of Human Life Week.

As they have done every year since 1974, thousands of pro-lifers from around the country marched on Washington, D.C. today in the March for Life (http://www NULL.marchforlife NULL.org/), to bring the attention of the nation and its representatives to the plight of the unborn and to advocate reversal of Roe. At least 47 million (http://www NULL.nrlc NULL.org/abortion/facts/abortionstats NULL.html) aborted babies would agree.

A 34-year-old decision like Roe may seem like “settled law,” as some pro-abortionists like to call it, but the fact is that Roe is rarely defended as a sound legal decision today. Many pro-abortionist legal scholars and commentators defend its outcome (legalized abortion) because they like it but still know—and some even admit—that it was a poorly-reasoned decision with no basis in the Constitution. (See this interesting compilation of liberals criticizing Roe (http://www NULL.timothypcarney NULL.com/?page_id=176), for example.)

Ironically, the women that were “Roe” and “Doe” (of the lesser-known companion case Doe v. Bolton (http://www NULL.law NULL.cornell NULL.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0410_0179_ZO NULL.html)) now disagree with the decisions for which they (or at least their lawyers) once advocated. “Roe” is Norma McCorvey, who became pro-life (and a Christian) through the witness of other pro-life advocates and through the brokenness in her heart for the role she had played in ushering legal abortion into this country. Her book, Won By Love (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Won-Love-McCorvey-Speaks-Conviction/dp/0785272372), tells her story. As for ”Doe,” she is really Sandra Cano and has recently explained that she never wanted an abortion but was unwittingly used as a plaintiff by her lawyers. (See our previous post (http://morallaw NULL.org/blog/?p=58) about Cano’s story and an attempt last year to re-open the Roe and Doe cases.)

Roe is neither “settled” nor “law,” and the amazing testimony of both “Roe” and “Doe” hopefully foreshadow a similar reversal of Roe itself. For the sake of life, this week let us rededicate ourselves to aborting Roe v. Wade. More than 1.2 million unborn children (http://www NULL.nrlc NULL.org/abortion/facts/abortionstats NULL.html) over the next year are counting on us.

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