In January of 1973, the Supreme Court decided that women have the right to an abortion, and the legality of such a procedure was granted. To “celebrate” this decision’s 42nd birthday, NARAL Pro-Choice America recognized it with an event called “Realizing the Promise: Roe at 42” on Monday, March 30. Throughout the day, the hashtag #RoeAt42 appeared, as women celebrated, congratulated, encouraged, honored and cheered each other on in regards to abortion. This type of behavior towards a life-ending procedure that is deemed a choice isn’t a a new thing, unfortunately. Forty-two years since the decision, what are some of the effects of reducing life down to an easily rectified mistake? Here are some.
With spa-like abortion clinics attempting to inject comfort into environments of harm, and women filming their abortion procedures to destigmatize the life-ending choice, normalizing abortion is in overdrive. As this feminist author believes:
“We need to talk about ending a pregnancy as a common, even normal, event in the reproductive lives of women,” Pollitt writes, adding that the decision to abort can be “just as moral as the decision to have a child — indeed, sometimes more moral” because “part of caring for children is knowing when it’s not a good idea to bring them into the world.”
Those in the pro-abortion industry are attempting to pass abortion off as a normal, acceptable part of a woman’s life by forcibly stripping away factual language surrounding the subject, easing it into regular dialogue, and treating the entire procedure as just another item on the afternoon “To Do List”. If this continues, an entirely new generation, at least the wanted ones, will only know of abortion as acceptable, with stories detailing facing opponents in years past barely registering concern in their mind. We cannot allow this attempt at normalcy to be achieved.
Among the many obsessions in current society is finding a new civil rights crusade to join in with. Freedoms are abundant and oppression in the U.S. mostly nonexistent, but there is a thirst for relevancy. This is apparent in many areas, but especially with the supposed War on Women, feminism’s crusade of the restless 2010s. Reproductive rights, (abortion in this sense), are becoming synonymous with human rights and civil rights, and questioning the very access to abortion is seen as discrimination. The need for “equality” is on the side of the woman, but should be on the side of the developing life.
It astounds me that we can honestly wonder how life is given so little significance outside the womb when we continue to assign almost no significance to life at its inception. And we wonder why ISIS unflinchingly butchers and maims the innocent? We wonder how a pilot can kill himself and 149 others on purpose? It all begins at the beginning. That is where significance must be rooted and established, or else we will continue our sharp decline.
On March 18, a woman violently attacked and removed – cut out – a developing baby from her mother’s womb. The mother lived, but the baby, a girl, unfortunately died. Reaction to the horrific incident grew as it was reported that the attacker would not face a charge of murder. What once was a thriving unborn life, protected during growth, became an autopsied victim whose existence was not even formally recognized.
We are stunned at a society which produces these behaviors towards life? We shouldn’t be. A great deal of it can be connected back to Roe. This is the legacy of that decision. This is her at 42.