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Roe v. Wade at 40

By Cal Thomas · Jan. 22, 2013

At last week’s signing of “executive actions” designed to combat gun violence in America, President Obama, flanked by schoolchildren, said, “…when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now.”

There’s no doubt that children, especially schoolchildren, are vulnerable to all kinds of threats, but are they “the most vulnerable,” as the president claimed, or is there another category of human life that qualifies for that designation?

Forty years after a Supreme Court majority opened the door to legalized abortion, the number of aborted babies has reached roughly 55 million. Think of that. Fifty-five million potential what – doctors, athletes, mothers and fathers who would add branches to family trees?

There are no new arguments about abortion and most of us can probably recite the old ones by heart.

It’s a woman’s right. It’s her body.

No, it’s a separate life that is initially dependent on the woman for nourishment, but is independent of her in that it is a separate human being.

Who will take care of the unwanted child if it is born? Meanwhile, adoptive parents wait desperately for a child to love.

If one adopts the utilitarian view, the 55 million aborted in the U.S. robbed America of potential taxpayers. Pro-choice liberals may have lost a good chunk of their political base, as well as a large revenue source.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is a pro-choice liberal. In a column last week about the availability of guns in America, Kristof wrote, “When I travel abroad and talk to foreigners about the American passion for guns, people sometimes express a conclusion that horrifies me: in America, life is cheap.”

He doesn’t say why he thinks foreigners believe life here is cheap, but let me try to explain it. I believe it begins with the killing of unborn babies. Once the value of life is diminished in the womb, it seems to be a short step to devaluing life at other stages; such as killing someone for their sneakers or gunning them down in the street for no reason.

If one wishes to stretch the point even farther, add easy divorce, neglected children, out-of-wedlock babies (which is better than aborting them), spousal abuse, sex trafficking and pornography. All of these – and more – contribute to a cheapening of life and of what it means to be human.

For many, pleasing self and not wishing to sacrifice for another were hallmarks of the tumultuous ‘60s, which led to what’s often called the “me” decade of the '80s. The growing secularization of America has also contributed mightily to the cheapening of human life. If there is no Creator, Who made us and endowed us with a right to live, and if we are mere evolutionary accidents without purpose, direction or destination, then we might as well eat, drink, and be merry and abort at will.

Sophisticated ultrasound technology didn’t exist 40 years ago. Today, it gives pregnant women an opportunity to be fully informed about what it is they wish to terminate. According to the Guttmacher Institute, “Since the mid-1990s, several states have moved to make ultrasound part of abortion service provision.” As of Jan. 1, 2013, it reports, “Six states mandate that an abortion provider perform an ultrasound on each woman seeking an abortion…” It is the ultimate empowerment tool. I have talked to many women over the last 30 years who’ve changed their minds about abortion and have given birth with no regrets, once they’ve seen their developing baby.

Kristof says that even if President Obama’s “modest” gun control proposals reduced deaths by one-quarter, he calculates it could mean 7,500 lives saved a year.

Ultrasound, if made a requirement nationally, could save millions at a time when we have made life cheap.



Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

When Barack O'Zilla says "we kant wait, or we must act now" that means HOLD OFF & DON'T ACT--simple!! Ezekiel said, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put in you: I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh." 36:26 God is in the transformation business. He will give US(A) the courage to ADOPT BABIES, and not commit INFANTICIDE!! John 10:10 also.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:36 AM

rab in jo,mo said:

It makes me sick to see all the clamoring on the Left for more firearm restrictions "because of the children" ("if we can spare one life by taking action", etc.). Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of children are murdered in the womb all in the name of "choice", and that's just fine with the progressives.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

Progressives think nothing of killing unborn babies but get all up in arms if a child is killed by a gun. Children get killed in Chicago almost every week but you don't find them getting upset over that. It's only when its politically expedient that they get their panties in a wad. Strict gun control has never worked and never will. If some deluded person decides to kill people they will find a way even if no guns are available.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

55 million dead babies from 40 years of using abortion as birth control; Let’s see 55 million divided by 40 years equals 1,375,000 killed babies per year, the daily toll is 3,767 babies per day in the USA or 188.35 Sandy Hook Elementary Newton CT mass shootings per day in this country broken down further that is equivalent to almost 4 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings per day in each of the 50 states. Where is the outrage!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA said:

Our government wants to disarm the citizens of this country because of a couple of deranged psychos killing people with guns. Let’s compare gun deaths of all kinds except suicide as that is self-inflicted. Gun deaths in 2010 in the USA were 30,470 of that 19,392 were from suicide and 11,078 were homicide. Where should our outrage be, 30,000 deaths per year from guns or 1,375,000 per year from Pro-Choice? I remember when Roe vs Wade was passed, abortion was to be for the life of the mother, rape or incest not because of a night of drunken sex or because of convenience.
Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this picture?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska said:

It's been a 40 year war. And what's been result? "Even though we have won a few skirmishes we have continued to lose the war at a rate of over 3000 dead per day." (Don Schanzenbach, What general would think they’re winning, in any sense of the word, with casualties like that. No wonder “James Dobson conceded that we have lost the culture wars. This is the consequence of Christians having spent the last two centuries lopping at the rotten branches of our culture’s corrupt tree while watering and fertilizing its roots.

“We should lop away at the tree’s corrupt branches (infanticide, sodomy, the economy, etc.). However, until the root of these problems is Biblically addressed, we will never shut down the infanticide mills, we will never defeat the sodomites, and we will never fix the economy. In short, we will never win the culture wars.” For more, see “5 Reasons the Constitution is Our Cutting-Edge Issue” at

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

Paul said “act as men” and that is what we need to do instead of blaming all of our societies problems on men who died over 200 years ago. Its not all about the Law Ted, its about the heart condition of the people. Until you and all men in this nation face their reflection in the mirror, each take responsibility for our failures and repent on our knees before God, nothing will change no matter what government we have.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Ted R. Weiland in Nebraska replied:

Someone who, according to Yahweh's law, is guilty of a capital crime that has yet to be repented of, shouldn't be telling others to look at their reflection in the mirror,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

David in Mountain View Missouri replied:

“Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?” Gal. 417

Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Mindblown in Flyover USA said:

And let us not forget, it is the "me" and "free ____" generation (as in "gimme, gimme") that is in charge of the gummint now. It's obvious they did not become rational, responsible, thinking adults in their 30's or 40's. But isn't that the definition of a liberal/progressive/socialist/democrat? If it feels good, do it -- no thinking or responsibility required.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Torp44 in Ione, Wa. said:

A good column, Cal, though I am surprised you didn't mention the fact that BOTH of the original Roe vs Wade subjects of litigation have made public the fact that they came to deeply regret their earlier stands on abortion.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Robert in Texas Republic said:

'Abortion' is infanticide, plain and simple and a tenant of BAAL worship in Scriptures.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Jeremiah 32.35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Roger Mitchell in Montana said:

Cal Thomas is right on target about this. I said essentially the same thing in an article I posted on my blog last week. I tied the whole thing to Obama's hypocrisy with respect to the gun control issue and his contempt for the Constitution.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM