ROE VS. WADE: BETRAYAL OF WOMEN
Murder was legalized 39 years ago this week. Roe vs. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court who, in that decision, invented the “right to privacy,” “the right to one’s own body,” and legalized the right to kill one’s own child so long as that child resided within the body of its mother. The Old Feminist movement was heavily invested in the effort to make abortion legal. Their rhetoric was based on “equal rights for women.” Since pregnancy is something that only women can experience, then true equality between men and women, they asserted, must occur through removing the burden of pregnancy, should a woman choose not to be pregnant.
The hyperbole of choice was nothing more than an attempt to eliminate the biological truth that sex between men and women creates babies which grow in women’s wombs. Medical technology, abortion advocates reasoned, could correct the flaws of feminine biology and thus, give women the right to choose to be sexually equal to a man. So, on January 22, 1973, the surgical killing of unborn children throughout the entirety of natural gestation would no longer be impeded by the law.
To be obvious, murder is never good for a society. The lives lost to and scarred by abortion are incalculable, but just as significant is the coarsening of the culture; the desensitization to death and suffering, the diminishing eminence of children, and the active deprecation of mothers who choose to be devoted to their husbands and little ones. It was with Roe vs. Wade that the Old Feminism defined itself as a philosophy which is primarily about abortion on demand. Although Roe vs. Wade is more a symptom of a morally sick culture than the sole cause of its sickness, I hold accountable those who advocate, and provide for, unfettered abortion as bearing a great deal of responsibility for the social and emotional problems that have impacted women since the days of sexual equality and liberation.
Although women have made gains in the workplace, higher education and career potentiality, the general status of women as mothers and wives has suffered. And as certain demographic groups have seen an increase in income and job opportunities, others have been placed into bondage through generational poverty, bearing children without the benefit of marriage, and emotional and physical problems related to abortion. Over 80 million abortions have taken place in the United States alone since Roe vs. Wade. Several studies of post-abortion mental problems have concluded that a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is relatively common in women who have submitted to abortion. The number of post-abortive women that report chronic episodes of depression is around 44%. Reports of post-abortion drug use hover around 20%. Continued or increased promiscuous activity in these girls and women is a reckless 43% . Alcohol abuse is around an astonishing 60%. The overall suicide rate among women is near 11 per 100,000. Suicide rates for post-abortive women are triple that number at around 35 per 100,000. One of the physical consequences of abortion is a miscarriage rate 2-3 times the average for those who have had two or more abortions. Rates of mental illness and physical problems, reproductive problems in particular, are far higher in women who have had abortions. The number women incarcerated in America’s jails and prisons has jumped from around 5,600 in 1970 to over 75,000 at the present time. The numbers of babies born while their mothers have been in jail have also skyrocketed proportionally.
Taking into account all of the cultural, economic, and political changes since Roe vs. Wade was decided, one must come to the determination that legalized abortion has, at best, failed to fulfill the feminist visions of perfect equality and, at worst, has resulted in the deaths of millions of pre-born babies, severely harmed women and others who have been affected by the practice, and driven the moral, mental, spiritual, and economic ruination of many American women. There is clearly no such thing as the equality of men and women when it comes to the bearing of children. And the absurd effort to obliterate the natural outcome of sexual coupling ends horribly in the destruction of the children produced by that life process. Killing has consequences, and the minds and spirits of the women whose bodies have carried the babies killed by abortion are burdened with the suffering and regret of a declining culture and a fallen law. One of the rhetorical arguments used by abortion proponents was that the problem of “unwanted children” would be addressed by selective abortion, and that every child born would benefit from being a “wanted child.” The statistics paint a far different picture. Between the 1976 and 1987 child abuse rates jumped some 330%. Current statistics for reported cases of child abuse and neglect are the equivalent of around 1 in every 58 children. Unreported cases are much higher.
The post -Roe vs. Wade increase in reported cases of child abuse and neglect not only contradict the assertion that legalized abortion will result in fewer unwanted children, it illustrates the general societal attitude that, from the very beginning of their biological existence, children are expendable, and may be quickly and quietly pushed aside or destroyed for the convenience, “health,” or whim of those who bear them. The number of women living in poverty has increased dramatically in the last 38 years. Over 26% of American women now live in a home with dependent children without a father in the picture. In 2010 the out-of-wedlock birthrate was 41%. Roe vs. Wade did nothing to decrease the number of children living in poverty.
Even with the availability of abortion and contraceptive services women are still getting pregnant and having babies without ever having formed a proper family. Although the overall poverty rates have decreased since the early 1970s, the demographic of single, poor mothers has increased. One of the most despicable ironies of easy-access, legalized abortion throughout the world is that women-of-the-future are aborted 8 out of 10 times when the abortion is for child sex-selection. They betrayal of women by the elaborate hoax that is Roe vs. Wade cannot always be measured by dismal statistics and comparisons of life in the early 1970s with life in 2011 alone.
Women have been increasingly objectified by the culture as sexual “things,” having no intrinsic value as daughters of God. They’re often portrayed in movies and television as hard, aggressive, physically competitive, and promiscuous; the emotional and social proxy of men with the only difference being their hyper-sexualized bodies. The crowning jewel of motherhood has been yanked out of its rightful place and replaced with career, DINKS (dual income, no kid couples), and other materialistic and sybaritic practices. America’s children, men, and women have drooped for the last 38 years under the shameful contortion of constitutional law.
“When women are compelled to carry and bear children, they are subjected to ‘involuntary servitude’ in violation of the Thirteenth Amendment….[E]ven if the woman has stipulated to have consented to the risk of pregnancy, that does not permit the state to force her to remain pregnant.”
“I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court’s judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the mother, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.” “To reach its result, the Court necessarily has had to find within the scope of the Fourteenth Amendment a right that was apparently completely unknown to the drafters of the Amendment. As early as 1821, the first state law dealing directly with abortion was enacted by the Connecticut Legislature. By the time of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, there were at least 36 laws enacted by state or territorial legislatures limiting abortion. While many States have amended or updated their laws, 21 of the laws on the books in 1868 remain in effect today.”
The law is bad. The social cost is horrendous. The personal costs worse. But there is hope. More and more women are seeing the value of traditional motherhood and are carving out time during their children’s formative years to stay at home. Red states with large Christian populations are still producing relatively large, intact families. There is a new infusion of conscious marriage maintenance and nurturing among American couples. And today, the United States House of Representatives voted to defund the tax-payer subsidized abortion provisions of Obamacare. The problem of abortion is still at the heart of American discourse and it remains an abhorrent practice in the minds and hearts of most Americans.
There is a Godly imperitive to strive in behalf of the lives of the helpless and innocent. January 22 is a dreadful anniversary. But it is a reminder that the causes of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, are parts of a long and onerous battle; a battle for the right to Life for God’s children, great and small.
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