Daniel Doherty

In an ideal world, Roe v. Wade -- perhaps the most insidious Supreme Court ruling since the infamous Dred Scott decision in 1857 -- would be overturned. And contrary to what most leftists assert, however, this does not necessarily mean that abortion would be universally prohibited and illegal. For example, before Roe became the law of the land in 1973, abortion was permissible in certain states. The legality of abortion, then, should be decided by individuals at the state level -- at least in the short-term -- not by a High Court of un-elected, unaccountable judges in Washington. This would be a small but significant victory.

But how do we get there?

Of course, pro-lifers argue that the taking of innocent human life is a great moral evil, and that the United States can never live up to its founding principles while such an injustice is lawful, let alone funded with taxpayer dollars. Indeed, more than 55 million unborn lives have been extinguished since 1973, and the numbers -- especially in places like New York City -- continue to climb. Imagine, in other words, how rich and diverse our country would be if these unborn millions were granted their God-given right to life? How many scientists, doctors, innovators and entrepreneurs would be alive today, making the United States -- and the globalized world -- a better place?

But sadly, the pro-life movement seems to be facing an uphill battle. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that 70 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade. Consequently, the High Court’s landmark decision granting individuals a right to an abortion -- at any time, for any reason -- will probably be on the books for years, if not decades to come. And while conservatives should never give up this crucially important fight, perhaps there’s another, more immediate way pro-lifers can raise awareness and end the culture of death plaguing our cities and states.

The battle for life unquestionably begins in New York City. In 2009, 41 percent of all pregnancies in the Big Apple ended in abortion. This is unacceptable. Worse, nearly 60 percent of black babies were aborted that same year. These staggering numbers are difficult to process -- especially when one confronts the sobering fact that 56 percent of the women getting these abortions have already had one.


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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