Life is precious. And as a result of Roe v. Wade passed in 1973, the year my mother graduated highschool, over 50 million innocent babies have been murdered!!
We need to support this Act. Here is a copy of the letter I sent to House Members today. Please do your part and support this. Liberals advocate education except when it doesn't fit their agenda. Christians need to get informed and have their voices heard. We've been silent for far too long. Our children will reap the affects of this if we don't do something. Today my Church is attending a rally in support of this. I can't go because I have four little ones in my care...I can, however, email my Congresspeople. I've already received feedback.
Subject: Support Personhood Act
Dear House Members:
Please support the Personhood Act, SB 1433. I am an Oklahoman and wish to have my support heard for this bill. It is important for us to realize that this Act is a step in the right direction to further support and protect the lives that are so dearly precious in the womb. Those who have no voice, let us be the voice for them. If the science community discovered life on Mars, whether it be just a single cell, they would deem this a precious discovery. Let's take this same idea and apply it to those precious babies still in the womb. Please be sure to oppose any amendments to this bill.
Vote Yes! to SB 1433
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A History of Abortions
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, handed down two rulings legalizing abortion in America. Prior to these rulings abortion was prohibited in most of the 50 states. In the states where abortion was permitted, such as New York and California, various restrictions had been placed on the reasons for abortion. These restrictions were removed by the 1973 rulings.
The Court based its decisions on the "right to privacy," which it claimed was guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but which it could not specifically find anywhere. The Court concluded that it was implied in either the Fourteenth Amendment or the "penumbra" of the Bill of Rights.
Roe v. Wade and Doe v. BoltonThe principal decision, Roe v. Wade, repealed all state laws prohibiting abortion. The companion case, Doe v. Bolton, extended the right to abortion to the entire nine months of pregnancy. The Court divided the term of pregnancy into trimesters (not a medical term prior to that time), and ruled that there could be no restrictions on abortions performed during the first trimester, or first three months of pregnancy.
During the second trimester (months 4-6), the court allowed states to pass certain regulations regarding abortion, but only to insure a woman's safety. There could be no restrictions on a woman's right to choose abortion.
During the third trimester (the last 3 months of pregnancy), the court conceded that a state could impose restrictions on abortion if the state found it in its interest to protect the child; however, the woman could still have access to an abortion for health reasons. Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is "any condition that might impact her physical, emotional, psychological or financial well being". The court adopted this definition, effectively extending abortion on demand for the full nine months of pregnancy.
A Wrong DecisionJustice William Rehnquist and Justice Byron White wrote dissenting opinions in these cases, arguing that the Court had overextended its reach and exercised what Justice White called "raw judicial power." In 1983, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said that Roe v. Wade was "on a collision course with itself." Many legal scholars from across the political spectrum have likewise criticized the Roe and Doe decisions, including notable abortion supporters Lawrence Tribe, Michael Kinsey and Alan Dershowitz.
As advances in medical technology continue to make the personhood of the fetus increasingly obvious, a woman's "right to privacy" is being more forcibly challenged by the unborn child's right to life.
Roe and Doe Are Now Pro-LifersNeither of the two women whose cases were originally brought to the Supreme Court had abortions. Norma McCorvey (Roe) had claimed she was gang raped in order to gain sympathy for her attempt to have an abortion in Texas. Her lawyer, Sarah Weddington, knew the rape story was a lie when she argued the case before the Supreme Court, but she chose to keep that information from the court and the public. The truth did not surface until 1988, when Norma McCorvey herself confessed to the lie. In 1995, McCorvey joined the pro-life movement.
Sandra Cano (Doe) had appealed to a lawyer for help in reclaiming her children, who had been taken from her at a time that she was unable to provide for them. Attorney Margie Pitts Hames siezed the opportunity to use the unwitting Cano, who was pregnant at the time, in the effort to legalize abortion in Georgia, even though Cano had never wanted an abortion.
The lawyers did not come through on their promise to help Cano, and when the Supreme Court decision came down, both the lawyers and Cano's family tried to force her to have a late term abortion. She had to leave the state to avoid the abortion they scheduled for her. Cano tried to publicize her opposition to abortion shortly after the 1973 decision, but the media paid no attention to her.
Both McCorvey and Cano testified to their opposition to abortion at a Pro-Life Action League conference in Chicago on April 20, 1996.
Since the legalization of abortion in 1973, there have been approximately 50 million abortions performed in the United States.
Source: Guttmacher Institute, 2011, August. Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States. [PDF]