On January 22, 1973, seven robed men in Washington, D. C. decreed that abortion on demand is the new law of the land in these United States. With the bang of a gavel, they nullified virtually any state law at the time restricting abortion.
The high court decided Roe v. Wade without public debate, without the people's representatives getting to weigh in. And here we are, forty years later, still arguing about it. We live in what Dr. Richard Land calls “the Divided States of America.” Abortion is one of the most divisive issues.
Associate Justice Byron White, appointed by John F. Kennedy, called this an act of “raw judicial power.” He could not and did not agree with Roe v. Wade and became one of only two dissenters. The other was William Rehnquist, who went on to serve as chief justice.
Some lawyers agreed with the effect of the Roe decision (abortion on demand), but thought the case itself was poorly decided. Associate Justice Harry Blackmun, appointed by Richard Nixon, wrote the majority opinion.
According to Randall V. Hekman, author and former judge in Michigan, “Some of the clerks that worked for the justices referred to the draft of Justice Blackmun’s opinion as ‘Harry’s abortion.’ It was that bad. It was absurd and some referred to it as embarrassing and dishonest.”
If you take the time to read Roe, you see that a great energy is spent to break up a pregnancy into three trimesters and to underscore the point that this only applies to abortion in the first trimester. However, decided on the very same day was Doe v. Bolton, which allowed for second and third trimester abortions. So we’ve had abortion on demand as the law for forty years.
And now more than fifty-five million unborn babies have been killed, and millions of “post-abortive” women suffer with regret for a decision they felt deceived or forced into.
By now, it’s well-documented that the Roe of Roe v. Wade (Norma McCorvey) and the Doe of Doe v. Bolton (Sandra Cano) are thoroughly pro-life and opposed to what’s been done in their names. In the case of Roe, she favored abortion then, but does not now because she had a come-to-Jesus moment. She admits now that Roe was built on a lie that she was pregnant because she had been raped; that was not true. In the case of Doe, she never favored abortion and felt that her signature was fraudulently used to promote what she didn’t believe in.
So here we are, living with the consequences of a Supreme Court decision that continues to divide us, and it was built on a foundation of sand---on out and out lies.