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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Abortion Harms the Whole Family

In the world of feminism, abortion is sacred. The National Organization for Women has passed resolution after resolution claiming that abortion is a fundamental human right. That’s a bold claim if you look at the history of abortion laws in our country, as I do in my new book, Who Killed the American Family? Abortion was traditionally illegal in the United States. Only in the 1960s did a few states, one by one, start to change their laws. Even then, states moved slowly to make changes. The New York legislature passed an abortion-on-demand law but then revoked it two years later, although Governor Nelson Rockefeller vetoed the repeal. Voters in North Dakota and Michigan rejected pro-abortion laws in landslide referenda during the 1972 elections.

The following January the Supreme Court decided in Roe v. Wade that states could not prohibit abortions. In his dissent, Justice Byron White observed that “nothing in the language or the history of the Constitution” supported that decision. We know that the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v Wade and a later ruling called Planned Parenthood v. Casey, have been catastrophic for millions of the unborn. Less well known is the damage done to other members of the family. Thanks to the tortured logic of the Planned Parenthood decision, states can’t even require women to notify fathers that their own baby is to be killed. Now that the decision to give birth has become a decision for the mother alone to make, some men see little reason why they should provide for, care for, or support the child.

That abortion on demand has played a key role in weakening the American family. Abortion is an act that was banned for most of our nation’s history, takes a child’s life, and damages the life of the parents. Only feminists could call this a fundamental right.

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