January 22, 2018
After 45 Years,
Roe v. Wade is Showing its Age
By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director
As the nation marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it appears that the tragic U.S. Supreme Court ruling is showing its age.
An article published in the Washington Times newspaper cited a 2016 study showing the majority of Millennialsâ€“young adults born in the ‘80s and ‘90sâ€“oppose most abortions. Even those who support legal abortion admit that the vast majority of people who participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. are under the age of 30. The Huffington Post website concedes that pro-life pregnancy resource centers vastly outnumber abortion facilities in the U.S.
And then there is the testimony of the women of the Silent No More Awareness campaign, who had abortions, but who now regret them. Consider Wendy from Pennsylvania, who had an abortion when she was 19 years old.
“It took 35 years of my life to reconcile that one foolish mistake,” Wendy wrote. “Remember the abortion lie that promised to help me ‘forget about my baby and go on with my life like nothing happened?’ Now, after 35 gut wrenching years, I can go on only because I found forgiveness and peace in the truth – not the lie.”
Or consider this plea from a post-abortive woman named Jill from Missouri: “If I could help just one person change their mind and not follow through with the abortion then it would have all been worth it, and that’s why I am silent no more.”
Even some advocates of legal abortion have suggested that Roe’s days are numbered. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has called the decision, “heavy-handed judicial activism,” according to the Washington Examiner newspaper. Legal scholar Laurence Tribe noted, “behind its own verbal smokescreen, the substantive judgment on which it rests is nowhere to be found.“
Edward Lazarus, a former clerk to the late Justice Harry Blackmunâ€“the Justice who authored Roe, has stated, “Justice Blackmun’s opinion provides essentially no reasoning in support of its holding. And in the â€¦ years since Roe’s announcement, no one has produced a convincing defense of Roe on its own terms.”
Estimates based on figures provided by the Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, indicate 60 million unborn children have died from abortion since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling. Countless mothers have been left to grieve children lost to abortion. Research indicates as many as 60 percent of abortions are coerced, meaning that boyfriends, husbands, parents, or others are pressuring women into abortions they do not want.
The advent of 4D Ultrasound has provided a window to the womb, showing the humanity of the unborn child. It is hard to argue against a right to life to a baby who is smiling or giving a thumbs up in an Ultrasound video.
The facts are clearâ€“Roe v. Wade was a terribly ill-conceived ruling which has ended an immense number of innocent livesâ€¦harmed womenâ€¦and devastated families. It is long past time for Roe to be tossed on the ash heap of history, and for women and children to be freed from the negative effects of legalized abortion.
The Pro-Life Record of
President Donald J. Trump
In his first year in office President Trump has delivered on his commitment to those most vulnerable among us. National Right to Life has compiled a list of the President’s pro-life accomplishments.
New Poll Shows Life is Winning
A recently released Marist poll found that over 75% of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion.
For a LifeNews article on the poll, click here.
Time Lapse Video
Shows Pro-Life Marchers
2018 March for Life Timelapse
An amazing new time-lapse video shows thousands upon thousands of pro-life people marching for life through the streets of Washington D.C.
Bedford County Citizen Concerned for Human Life
at the 2018 March for Life
2018 Respect Life Prayer Breakfast–Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Scranton Chapter: Featuring Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation. January 27, 2018 at Fiorelli Cateriing, 1501 Main Street, Peckville, PA. Cost is $20 for adult, $10 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under free. To make a reservation, call 570-343-5099. For more information, click here.
Erie March for Life–People for Life Erie: Saturday, January 27, 2018 10:45 AM at Perry Square, 571-601 State Street, Erie, PA 16501. For more information, click here.
Lewistown March for Life–Citizens Concerned for Human Life, Mifflin/Juniata Chapter: Sunday, January 28, 2018 1:30 PM The public is invited to participate. Meet at the corner of N. Dorcas and 3rd Streets, at Sacred Heart Church, Lewistown, to walk peacefully to the Bethel AME Church Hope Center Fellowship Hall, 23 N. Juniata St. , Lewistown. For those unable to walk, you may drive there and meet us for the program of music and speakers, including Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Education Director Matthew Wagner. Come and celebrate the Gift of Life from conception to natural death!
36th Annual Pro-Life Auction–Citizens Concerned for Human Life, Centre County: February 3rd, 2018 at 9:00 AM. 850 Stratford Drive, Stratford Drive, State College, PA 16801. For more information, email [email protected]
16th Annual Prayer Breakfast–Pro-Life of Mercer County: Saturday, February 17, 2018 9 AM to Noon at the Park Inn by Radisson Sharon, 3377 New Castle Road, West Middlesex, PA 16159. The speaker will be John Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America. Cost is $16 for adults and $10 for children – college students. To register, call Call Susan Wallace: 724-815-5221 or Bob Lackey: 724-342-6835
2018 Celebrate Life Banquet–Pennsylvanians for Human Life Education Services: With Special Guest Ann McElhinney, investigative journalist and filmmaker. The Margaret Hoffner Award to be presented to James Wood. February 25, 2018 reception at 4:00, dinner at 5:00 PM. Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Springfield Road, Route 420,Springfield, PA. For more information, click here. To make reservations, email [email protected] or call 610-696-0780.
For more pro-life events in your area, click here. For a complete list of chapters, click here .
Live in Southeast PA? Contact SE Regional Coordinator Carla Ezell to find out more about joining a chapter in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, or Philadelphia County. You can reach Carla by e-mail at [email protected].
If you live in another part of the state and you’d like to get involved in a local chapter, contact Executive Director Michael Ciccocioppo at [email protected] or by phone at 717-541-0034.