Steven Aden

Veterans of the summer lawn wars dream of a world where crab grass and spurge retreat before advancing Zoysia, and rose bushes choke ivy off the trellis.

Does the Garden ever overtake the Wilderness?

In law and culture, as in all spheres of life, the “natural order” tends always to disorder. Culture, as the term implies, must be cultivated, because bad ideas drive out good ones like weeds in an unkempt garden. Years ago, in the withering aftermath of the Supreme Court’s discovery of a “fundamental right to abortion” in Roe v. Wade, activist judges rushed to create new and broader abortion “rights” at the expense of the first and most precious right – the right to life. Like weeds sprouting from cracks in a sidewalk, rulings sprang up across the country declaring the “right” to taxpayer funding of abortion, mandating the use of public hospitals as abortuaries, striking down medical safeguards against dangerous abortion practices and denying women truthful information about what abortion really is and does.

Then, “like a root out of the dry ground,” a pro-life movement was born. Beginning shortly after the Supreme Court approved greater abortion restrictions in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, the number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped by almost one-third. America is now seeing the lowest number of abortions since the mid-1970s. In just the past week alone, Planned Parenthood has been forced to shutter abortion services at seven centers in Arizona and six in Texas.

Steven Aden

Steven H. Aden is senior counsel and director of life alliances for Alliance Defending Freedom.