|December 6, 2021|
December 6 Government Domain Newsletter:
Roe v Wade
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you as a prophet to the nations”.Jeremiah 1:5
The big news is the Supreme Court of the United States has heard Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Heath, a challenge to a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortion after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. The outcome to this ruling is a challenge against the court’s 1973 Roe v Wade decision that created a constitutional right for abortion that didn’t exist before, overriding individual states’ laws that controlled abortion.
Prior to Roe v Wade, abortion was legal in 6 states and Washington DC. Because the right to abortion was not in the Constitution, it was up to the people in each state to determine if abortion was legal.
It’s the Supreme Court’s job to determine if laws are constitutional or not. It’s not their job to create law out of whole cloth. Roe v Wade is such a law.
How the justices rule depends on if the majority of justices have the moral courage to obey God’s law and the Constitution of the United States over the opposition of pro abortion activists, such as Planned Parenthood, who don’t support the sanctity of life.
We have to ask ourselves what was going on in society in 1973 to influence the justices to error as they did in Roe v Wade.
4Tucson has a theory that if we can mobilize 10% of the people, we can bring about city transformation. The theory works to bring about change, both good and bad since the beginning of time. Many revolutions were started with a minority of people being mobilized.
Let’s take a look at the culture revolution of the 60’s and 70’s in America. The Vietnam War brought about much unrest, especially on college campuses. The music of the day encouraged social change. Like Bob Dylan said, “the times they are a changing.” With the advent of the pill, the sexual revolution began. Some of it was good like empowering woman to be on equal footing with men, equality in pay and opportunities. But the dark side was sexual immorality with the assumption that there is no consequence to engaging sexual behavior. In spite of readily available contraception, the rate of pregnancy outside of marriage increased. The motto of the day was "make love, not war". More and more women were encouraged by organizations like Planned Parenthood, to seek abortions.
In Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to legalize abortion rather than allowing the elected representatives in individual states or even congress to determine if abortion is legal. The Supreme Court of the United States now has an opportunity to right a wrong.
We pray that our society comes alongside of women faced with unwanted pregnancy so they will never consider abortion whether legal or not. Pregnancy centers across the country are lovingly providing women help so that they choose life. Supporting these agencies will help eliminate abortion now regardless of the legal status.