By The Right-Wing Teen
Since the U.S. Supreme Court draft was leaked last month, you’ve probably heard much gnashing of teeth about the potential reversal of Roe v Wade. Protestors took to the streets with vulgar chants and signs, picketing outside conservative justices’ homes. Pro-abortion vandalism continues to escalate as the Supreme Court comes close to officially announcing its decision.
The much anticipated Roe v Wade decision is expected sometime this month. Monday, June 13th, is listed as one of the Supreme Court decision days. Will Roe v Wade be overturned, or will the bullies get their way? I hope not, because our country isn’t supposed to be run by mob rule. And why don’t these people get arrested? Not only are threats, harassment, and violent acts uncivil, it’s illegal to try and influence the SCOTUS justices:
“Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.” (18 U.S. Code § 1507 – Picketing or Parading.)
Roe v Wade
Roe v. Wade was a landmark legal decision issued on January 22, 1973, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute banning abortion, effectively legalizing the procedure across the United States. Prior to Roe v Wade, abortion had been illegal throughout much of the country since the late 19th century.
At the time of their decision, the Court admitted that “the judiciary, in this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to speculate as to the difficult question of when life begins.” They simply held that a woman’s right to an abortion falls under the right to privacy implied in the Constitution.
However, Justice Harry Blackmun, who wrote the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, noted that in the future, “If the suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
People who say that abortion is a Constitutional right are incorrect. Legal scholars, even those who are pro-choice, agree that Roe v Wade has no Constitutional basis.
In his written opinion, Justice Samuel Alito said that “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.”
The Tenth Amendment states that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
A lot of people seem to be upset that overturning Roe v Wade would suddenly ban all abortions nationwide. Actually, it would only mean that any law regarding abortion is left up to the states like it used to be.
Allowing the states to decide would still not end abortion to the point of making it completely illegal everywhere. Some states will make the intentional killing of a pre-born baby illegal; others will not.
Many states have already imposed restrictions on abortion. Thirteen states – Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming – have enacted “trigger laws” that would immediately ban all abortions once Roe v. Wade is overturned.
This website takes a look at the current state laws governing abortion.
The Right to Life
Here’s the overall heart of the matter: the pro-life movement is not anti-choice. It is trying to protect the right of a living human to continue to live. And the public is much closer to the pro-life opinion than the media would have you believe, according to the latest Harvard/Harris poll.
Abortion as elective surgery is wrong on so many levels…
The Ten Commandments given to Moses by God are portrayed on two tablets. The five commandments on the second tablet all concern our treatment of fellow human beings. The first one on that list is “Do not murder” (Exodus 20:13). Why? Because deliberately taking the life of an innocent person is the most terrible thing we can do.
The U.S. Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” These rights are not to be taken by Government, but secured by the Government.
The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person… No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Abortion is never healthcare because intentionally killing and dismembering a living human being is never healthcare – it is snuffing out a human’s right to life in a cruel and inhumane way. Yes, an unborn baby can feel pain.
Dr. Seuss was right: “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
An unborn baby is a wholly separate human being with a unique DNA; this tiny person is dependent on the mother, but has its own body. So much for “my body, my choice.”
Likewise, you can’t say that preborn children do not have a right to life because they are completely dependent on the mother’s body. Dependency, even with disability, does not eliminate humanity.
Still not convinced, or want to learn more?
Meet Baby Olivia is a beautiful and scientifically accurate video that depicts the moment human life begins and shows the humanity of preborn children throughout each stage of development. From a single-celled human to a baby with a beating heart, brainwaves, fingers, and toes, Olivia wonderfully shows the miracle of life within the womb.
LiveAction also has a video series called “Pro-Life Replies” to answer some of the most common pro-abortion arguments. Here are just a few of the video topics:
- How to Reply to: “Abortion is a Constitutional Right”
- How to Reply to: “Women Will Die From Illegal Abortions”
- How to Reply to: “Life Only Begins After Birth”
- How to Reply to: “Abortion Can Be Medically Necessary”
- How to Reply to: “My Body, My Choice”
Watch the whole series of videos here: https://prolifereplies.liveaction.org