Monday, January 21, 2008

35th Anniversity of Roe v. Wade

Posted by Teresa at 3:52 PM
Tomorrow will mark 35 years since Roe v. Wade decision was handed down.
Even decades after being passed it is still a volatile issue. I'm not confident
that we will ever overturn Roe v. Wade. The only thing that I'm positive about
when talking about abortion that if people want a change concerning this social
issue it has to come from the people. I always believe that societal change starts
from the people and then trickles down to our government. If the people outpour
that they do not want abortion legalized no longer than let it be so. If the people
want to keep things the way they are. Let it be so.

Today I read the blog of Father Jonathan Morris. Here is some of what he
had to say:

But what is never said by these same politicians — and I want
to say it clearly here, without any embarrassment — is that
government has not only the right, but also the obligation, to
interfere in the privacy of anyone who endangers the lives of
others, especially the lives of those who are unable to fend for
themselves. Our right to privacy — our right to anything, for
that matter — can only be properly understood in the context
of the competing rights of others.

Yes, I agree, there is good reason to fear a government’s tactics
of legislating morality but, if you want to know what’s really
scary, it’s a government that abandons its primordial role of
defending the life of the innocent against those with the power
and intention of extinguishing it.

A few days ago I read another article states the main factor for woman
who have abortions is financial concerns. Here are some stats:

Half of the roughly 1.2 million U.S. women who have abortions
each year are 25 or older. Only about 17% are teens. About 60%
have given birth to least one child prior to getting an abortion.

A disproportionately high number are black or Hispanic. And
regardless of race, high abortion rates are linked to hard times.

"It doesn't just happen to young people, it doesn't necessarily have
to do with irresponsibility," said Miriam Inocencio, president of
Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island. "Women face years and years
of reproductive life after they've completed their families, and they're
at risk of an unintended pregnancy that can create an economic
strain."

So I found commentary from a religious figure and Planned Parenthood
on the topic of abortion, not exactly the most dispassionate people. However,
they make their cases. Here is the written opinion of the Supreme Court
if you want to take a look at it.

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