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National Sanctity of Human Life Day (Bumped from 1/22/2012)

In January of 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed January 22 — the anniversary date of Roe v. Wade — National Sanctity of Human Life Day (Bush and Bush continued the proclamations, Clinton and Obama did not of course). Politically, he is correct of course in one major way… a correct and reasonable interpretation of the U.S. Constitution would ameliorate our slaughter of innocents. But in making this point (and he made my point in other places) let’s not forget that a society that countenances the killing of millions of babies has a sickness that extends far beyond 6 men in black robes and their legal reasoning theories. While the number of abortions has dropped in the past few years we have still killed over 50 million people — mostly for convenience.

I posted a link to this 2005 article by David Savage in The Los Angeles Times back in 2010 called …. and it always bears re-visiting. How screwed up was Roe v. Wade? Read “Roe Ruling: Not What It’s Author Intended”.

Georgia, like California, had revised its laws in the late 1960s to permit abortion in specific circumstances: if the mother’s health was endangered, if the pregnancy was caused by rape or if the fetus had a severe defect.

The newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Harry A. Blackmun, saw much to like in the revised abortion laws. A lawyer who greatly admired doctors, he had been general counsel for the Mayo Clinic in his home state of Minnesota before becoming a federal appellate judge.

He believed that doctors needed to have leeway to do medically necessary abortions. In the court’s first private conference on the issue, he described Georgia’s law as “a fine statute [that] strikes a balance that is fair.”

Yet, a year later, Blackmun wrote an opinion for the court that struck down all of the nation’s abortion laws. Equally important, his opinion made virtually all abortions legal as a matter of a constitutional right.

That opinion, in the case of Roe vs. Wade, remains the court’s most disputed decision of recent decades. By abruptly voiding all laws against abortion, it galvanized a powerful antiabortion movement that has transformed American politics.

Read the whole things…. it’s well worth your time. If the subject matter weren’t so serious — laughably so. It is THE prime example of what happens when a judge puts a result over the law. And it also highlight the fact we forget Roe’s ugly bitch sister — Doe v. Bolton. God forgive us for this slaughter… though I don’t think that’s likely.

ED. Bumped from last year… a sad marker and a dark stain on our history and culture.

27 comments to National Sanctity of Human Life Day (Bumped from 1/22/2012)

  • -fritz-

    If we repent as a nation and fall to our knees and pray for forgiveness as a nation, God will hear our prayer and heal our land. (paraphrased)

    With nearly half the country on the side of satan, I am not so sure this is going to happen. We got a wakeup call on 9/11 and we saw the good that did. There were other calls to repent as well, and my question is this, how many calls before God washes His hands of America?

  • Dr. Schplatt

    You have to wonder just how long God can put up with a nation that murders so many innocent children. America really needs help.

  • INFJ

    Can someone tell me – what part of the Constitution was distorted was distorted in the first place in order to justify he slaughter of innocents. I have heard it was the right to privacy, but how did that get so twisted?

    • INFJ

      “was distorted” once.

    • Well… it’s a long story… The philosophy behind the reasoning goes at least as far back as the Dred Scott decision back in 1857 — the concept that judge’s will read into the law their own personal views and the political decisions of Congress, POTUS, and States be damned.

      The “privacy” thing goes to a case called Griswold v. Connecticut (1965). There is no “right to privacy” in the Constitution. The 4th A. recognizes a right to be secure in our “houses, affects, papers, and person” but clearly has government searches and seizures in mind — not some blanket approval to do whatever we want whenever we want. Griswold struck down a CT law outlawing contraception based on a “right to marital privacy”. The law may be stupid (or “uncommonly silly” as one Justice put it) but it’s CT’s right to be uncommonly silly. In other words 7 Justices put their views on the right to access birth control over the views of the voters of CT. I think the law was probably silly also (as a law — not as a religious scruple), but it’s not my business. SCOTUS think they know better so they created a right out of whole cloth to insert their views and trump the electoral process.

      When people pervert the process… bad things often happen. Fast forward to 1973 and that bad thing happened.

      • Stosh from da Sticks

        From (I believe) the Griswold decision:

        “The foregoing cases suggest that specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance.”

        That’s where they found their “right of privacy”.

        So ultimately the almost absolute right to destroy pre-born human beings is based on these “penumbras, formed by emanations”

        Now I saw plenty of emanations with really interesting penumbras when I was in grad school, but I had no idea the Supreme Court was smoking the same sh*t I was.

  • Tink in Cali

    People talk of unintended consequences all the time. I am hard pressed to think of a situation (for lack of a better word) that has more and more varied unintended consequences as this one. I am fairly confident that our country will never really recover from all of the horrible things this decision has wrought.

    • Scripture clearly teaches that children are a blessing… personally and societally. We are going to reap this whirlwind in spades in the coming decades. If even half the jeremiads about a depopulating West are true… the 21st century may be very ugly. Population growth is a good thing. Killing babies for emotional therapy and convenience is the very definition of evil.

  • And I should add… the “children are a blessing” verses don’t qualify it with “rape and incest”. “Health of the mother” has been a part of abortion decisions for millennia.

  • Scott M.

    Scalia brought up Dred Scott in the PP v. Casey decision,the whole Substantive Due Process thing.Good call,Floyd.

  • -fritz-

    The whole thing sort of revolves around Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood, and the left’s general dislike of blacks as well, I believe. If blacks knew half of what those three things are all about, they’d never vote Democrat again…ever!

    You can read up on Ms. Sanger’s body of work regarding the “Negro Project” here:

  • How appropriate the city of Nineveh today’s Old Testament reading. Please get wit’ it, USA.

  • the Creator asks in Is. 59 (KJV)-“What are YOU doing about un-just judges and the shedding of innocent blood?”
    then the Creator put on the Full Armor-
    the Creator gave us the Full Armor-Ep6-
    We had better GET AT IT -or the Creator will take it back-
    We will not like the results!
    LA LFL

  • Loyal Goatherd

    Okay gang, I don’t want to be the contraian, but I do want to point out some facts and have some prejudices put in perspective. I believe abortion is a sin. I believe life begins at conception. I believe abortion is never easy. I believe women, not men, are more acquanited with this reality. I believe women should be allowed to abort first trimester babies that are the product of rape or incest or would be born with major deformaties. I believe that after 12 weeks gestation, the child’s rights must be enforced by the state, no abortion. I believe men, who will never face this choice, should be humble in these matters, deferring to the women dirrectly affected. Be that as it may. Where I’m taking my greatest exception is this now almost 40 year old sermon about America’s greatest sin on Earth. The narrative of the sermon would have you believe that abortion is the greatest sin and The US the greatest sinner.

    Well according to CS Lewis: “I now come to that part of Christian morals where they differ most sharply from all other morals. There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.

    The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

    I agree with him, so men, who can not be with child, I think it is prideful to proclaim your opposition to abortion. “I thank God, I’m not like those sinners”, no you’re worse. Women, do you base your judgement of others in a pure pride? You’re worse. Aborting a child must be a very disturbing thing to do, those who do it have choosen it never the less.

    Number of abortions per year: Approximately 42 Million
    Number of abortions per day: Approximately 115,000

    Where abortions occur:
    83% of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 17% occur in developed countries.


    Number of abortions per year: 1.37 Million (1996)
    Number of abortions per day: Approximately 3,700

    The US is 10% of world population and accounts for 3.26% of abortions. Explain again how that makes the US the worst nation. The abortion rate in the United States declined by 8% between 1996 and 2003 to 21 per 1,000 women, but remained higher, and in some cases substantially higher, than the rates in many Northern and Western European countries. However, within the United States, abortion levels differed widely by racial or ethnic group. In 2000, the abortion rate was 12 among white women, 31 among Hispanic women and 57 among black women. (stats from )

    God, I’m sure, has some issues with humanity. Abortion = murder = false gods = dishonored father and mother = stealing = adultery = bearing false witness = name your sins. All sin is abhorrent and unacceptable to God. So, wake up call. God doesn’t expect fallen humanity to clean up its act, He expects us to admit failure and seek His provision on our behalf.

    • No one said — or I didn’t say that the U.S. was the worst country…. To whom much is given, much is expected. So do I expect more from us with our Judeo-Christian worldview and mostly (even if nominally) Christian society? Yes I do.

      Abortion is a symptom of pride (as most if not all sin is). One who aborts a baby is saying, “Babies are not a blessing… this baby is in fact a curse and since I don’t trust God to provide for me or my baby I will play God and decide its life is not worth living.)

      Some sins also clearly carry worse consequences than others. Some rewards in Heaven will be greater — likewise I think Dante’s version of Hell is at least conceptually correct in that different sins are punished differently.

      “God doesn’t expect fallen humanity to clean up its act.”
      Maybe not, but he sure as heck punishes cultures that are godless and prideful — of which abortion and homosexuality are indicative (and lying, etc. of course).

      And the other fact lost in the Guttmacher stats… the developed West exported a lot of those abortions.

      Bottom line: abortion is a symptom of a larger problem as you rightly say… but we are worse than some in many ways… why? We’ve been inordinately blessed through our Founding principles and materially bringing greater responsibility I think.

      Bottom bottom line… as in all things of course… His will be done.

    • Daniel Crandall

      “I believe that after 12 weeks gestation, the child’s rights must be enforced by the state, no abortion.”

      Why 12? Why not 10? Or 14? Or 2? or 24? What makes a human life worth saving on day 85, but not worth saving on day 84? If life begins at conception, then life begins at conception and it’s worth saving after the point of conception.

      “I believe men, who will never face this choice, should be humble in these matters, deferring to the women dirrectly affected.” You mean men aren’t fathers? Men do face this choice. It’s just a Culture of Death has taught you otherwise. I believe men are just as active in the Pro-Life movement as women. A woman cannot be with child without a man. So men, get your priorities straight. If you fathered it, you raise it. You don’t force the woman to get an abortion (and you better believe that that happens a lot more than you think). I believe, the only part about this “choice” a man doesn’t have to face is the psychological pain and horror of living with the fact that the woman has killed a child – his child. It’s not ‘his’ child or ‘her’ child. It is their child.

      I think the culture’s spent too long deferring to one woman in particular, Margaret Sanger – racist, eugenisist, and founder of Planned Parenthood, for far too long. How about we defer to those who respect life from the point of conception, and leave gender out of it.

    • Tracy,txmom2many

      I know this is a year old, but Loyal’s response got me thinking.

      Children conceived in rape or incest should not be put to death. This is part of a larger thought process that says that *we* get to say who is worthy of life. That we would ever decide that because of the circumstances of a child’s conception or birth they are deserving of death is just wrong. I was just arguing this on FB yesterday. A young lady claimed that out of compassion for the child, it would be better for it not to be born if it was going to have to be neglected, abused or unwanted in any way by it’s family. By that reasoning, it would be better for me not to have been born. I was abused, neglected, and unwanted by members of my family (although my mother had me and my dad married her, so I at least had that). God used me to bring healing to parts of my family. God has saved me,given me a healthy marriage and beautiful children, ministry to hurting people, and a powerful testimony of redemption. My own father has said without him having to man up and take responsibility for a child and his eventual love for me and my children, he would have never been the man he is today. What we want is a tidy answer to the sorrow we feel for these children being raised in deprivation and abuse, so instead of getting off our asses and loving them, we say it’s better for them not to be born.

      And all of that goes for major malformations too. I’ve talked, prayed and cried with the parents who have to live with the decision they made to end a child’s life for that reason. It’s a painful, horrible decision. Most of them regret it with everything they are.

      As far as men deferring to women because the woman is the one who has to carry the child, all due respect, that is also just flat wrong. That child carries as much of the father as the mother, he should have every right to ask that she not kill his progeny. Men also are not as subject to emotion or hormones, so they might (in a society that actually had *men* and not fanboys like we have so many of) be more clear headed on the decision. By the same token, he should not have more than his due say, meaning he shouldn’t be able to force abortion either.

      • I used this earlier, but i was reading in Genesis yesterday and Joseph confronts his brothers who sold him into slavery with “what you meant for evil, God meant for good (paraphrase).

        I think there’s a general principle there. By killing the baby we are telling God we know more than He about family circumstances, genetics, etc. Killing the child of rape is — bluntly — an act done to lessen the shame/trouble/trauma of the victim –all of which is very real and of utmost seriousness. Nonetheless it is a selfish act that takes the life of the child into almost no account. I have weighed your life in the balance with my emotional trauma and your life loses.

        It sounds harsh — not meant to be so, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

        • Tracy,txmom2many

          You are right. When we tell these young women it’s ok to kill a child if the emotional work of giving birth to them is too hard, we are telling them “you are too weak to use this for good in your life. You cannot change, you are not strong enough to make the changes necessary in your character to embrace hard things.”

          It’s painful to walk with someone through their trauma, and sometimes it doesn’t go well. There have been so many times in my own life and as I’m sitting across from other survivors of abuse that the pain is overwhelming, scary, and confusing. Death does seem preferable in the darkest parts. But I’ve seen so much good come of walking through it and making real and permanent change. God can make good of all that happens, but the loss is real- CS Lewis. Face the loss, grieve the loss, and let God make good.

      • -fritz-

        Adoption should always be the preferred option. The child lives, and will most likely be with adoptive parents who love them! I have a wonderful niece who was adopted by my Medical Doctor brother and they had 3 sons all by caesarian and wanted a daughter. They adopted her and love her as much or more than their boys! I also have a friend who’s an OB/Gyn Dr. She was delivering a baby of a girl who had been raped. She talked to the girl about this a couple of days before the delivery and it was agreed that the Dr. would adopt the baby girl after delivery. The Doc and her family adore that little one who is now about 3 or 4 years old. They also have 5 kids born to them! The birth mother has moved on with her life and does not have the guilt that would have ruled her life from an abortion.

  • Loyal Goatherd

    “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse and I will pour out a blessing you cannot contain”. So should we pass a law requiring everyone to pay tithe? If we don’t, a blessing is being disposed of. “This tithe is in fact a curse and since I don’t trust God to provide for me or my tithe I will play God and decide its my tithe and I’m keeping it.”

    Being ridiculous on purpose obviously… How do we reduce this evil, without becoming tyrannical? I’m all ears.

    Oh and I wasn’t directly refuting you, simply throwing out a pet peeve.

  • -fritz-

    This whole thing is as distasteful and raises a stench to Heaven, even more now than it did last year. Our President Rerun has an even worse rendering of abortion laws now than when he ran the first time when no one was listening to what he was saying with fork-ed tongue! The sheer stupidity that prevailed that tossed him back in the White House for another term, instead of on the ash heap of forgotten history never ceases to amaze me! I really believe that if Romney had been elected there would have been a chance to undo this pall of death that prevails over this ONCE great land. If any of our liberal trollers are watching, this whole thing, in a very serious sense, makes America as bad as or worse than Nazi Germany, and Soviet Russia under Stalin!

  • Texacalirose

    I only have two comments to add:

    1. John Roberts isn’t the first incompetent, despicable member of of the SCOTUS.
    2. My Suns saved my life.

    Oh, yea, one more thing (you didn’t think I could only say two thangs, didja?): I love all you people up there.

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