Steven Aden

The problem with this statement is that Roe v. Wade is exactly what Obama says ought not to be—an intrusion on “private family matters.” It was an overreaching decision by the Supreme Court that told every mother and father that their pregnant daughter might carry her baby to term or, if more convenient for her, have the preborn child killed via a scalpel, drug injections followed by a doctor-induced stillborn delivery, or even worse, have the child torn from the womb piece by piece.

And groups such as Planned Parenthood fight tooth and nail to ensure that mom and dad are kept in the “dark” about such a “private family matter,” not to mention that one must assume that such a baby is not a human being in order to respect its dismemberment as a “private family matter” into which the government should not “intrude.”

Yet even amid such a horrifying reality, Obama framed his statements in an appeal to life: “As we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”

Ironically, Obama’s statement did not mention the fact that a preborn child’s dreams are held hostage by the mother’s “freedom” to abort him if she so chooses. And the dreams his grandparents might have for his life are eviscerated by the scalpel of the abortionist who waits, ever ready to reach into an expecting mother’s womb and snatch the life out of her.

The 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is not something to celebrate. It runs counter to both the letter and the spirit of every right our Founders took pains to protect via the Bill of Rights, as it is an attack on life rather than a protection of it.

Steven Aden

Steven H. Aden is senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom (