Ken Connor

The rationale of Roe v. Wade is a fabrication. The right to abortion is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. The justices maintained they saw it in "emanations" arising from the "penumbras" of the document. If your teenager claimed such fanciful hallucinations, you would immediately order a drug test for them. Yet, coming from such an august body as the Supreme Court, many Americans have accepted such ravings as the law of the land. Roe proved the power of the law to teach and mold the populace. Emboldened by the results, the court has foisted other fictionalized requirements of the Constitution on a people who have lost the art of reading the Constitution for themselves.

Despite the long standing acceptance of Roe and its devastating consequences, there is room for hope. Improved ultra-sound technology has provided a window on the womb, as a result of which, women contemplating destroying that growing "blob of tissue" within them now realize that it is a baby's life that is actually at stake. And the selfless sacrifices of countless volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers has resulted in the saving of thousands of lives as people have learned that the most effective way of saving a baby is by loving, and helping, that baby's mother.

Slowly, attitudes about Abortion in America seem to be changing. In the past few years, there has been a spate of popular movies with pro-life messages, including "Waitress", "Bella", "Knocked Up", and "Juno." Several surveys among young adults have shown increasing pro-life sentiment among the younger generations. For example, a Washington Times article, reports that a recent Harris Poll found 55 percent of young adults opposed abortion rights.

History will not look kindly upon our cruelty toward the unborn. Theologian and author Francis Schaffer rightly noted in his book, Whatever Happened to the Human Race, that the character of a society will be judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. Sadly, the history of the destruction of our unborn children is a stain on America’s character that will not go away.

Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.