40 years ago today, the Supreme Court decided Roe vs. Wade. Since then, the unspeakable has been done more than 50 million times in the U.S., more than 1 billion times worldwide, and is being done now, even as you read these words.
“To each group we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way—no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun.” (Sanger, 1938)
“While there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.” (Sanger, 1920)
What will come of all this? I saw the excellent film Lincoln yesterday. As depicted, Lincoln often told stories to make his point without explicitly stating his point. The film ends with these words from his second inaugural address:
“Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'”