Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 Years After Roe v Wade Decision

Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision known as Roe v Wade.  This decision's influence in the political landscape resonates today.  

Republicans wear the pro-life badge with pride.  Democrats view it as a woman's choice as it relates to her life and her health. I am of the opinion that this subject is a decision best made between a woman, her God and her doctor. 

I am of an age that I remember this decision and look at it from conditions both before and after this became federal law. I will not demonize anyone for whatever belief is held - it is a very personal opinion. Speaking as a woman, I resent the political football it has become.

The decision is showing an increased support among Americans while the majority of supporters also believe that some restrictions should be made.

Seven in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, according to new data from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, as the landmark Supreme Court abortion-rights ruling turns 40 on Tuesday.
That is the highest level of support for the decision, which established a woman's right to an abortion, since polls began tracking it in 1989. The shift is mostly the result of more Democrats backing the decision—particularly Hispanics and African-Americans—and a slight uptick in support from Republicans.
But the poll showed a consistent tension in Americans' attitudes toward the decision. Almost seven in 10 respondents say there are at least some circumstances in which they don't support abortion.
President Obama is the most abortion-friendly of our American presidents. He was the most liberal in the U.S. Senate, though his service there was brief before taking the presidency.  In the Illinois legislature, where he served longest in his political career, he was known for being in favor of late term abortion and for a vote on allowing an aborted child who was alive at delivery to not be resuscitated by medical staff.  That is infanticide and a gruesome opinion to have. He famously said on the campaign trail in 2008 that no young girl should be "punished" with a baby, as justification for being pro-choice.

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today issued the following statement:
Today marks the dark anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned a Texas law that prohibited abortion on demand. Since that 1973 ruling, more than 55 million lives have been lost to abortion.
Defending life, at its core, includes protecting both the unborn child and his or her mother from an irreversible injustice.
We cannot know how many inventors, musicians, scientists, athletes, physicians, and entrepreneurs were never allowed to breathe their first breath of life. We cannot know the medical cures, artistic masterpieces, thriving businesses, and life-transforming charities that never came into existence.
Today we mourn those 55 million souls.
I have been honored to defend the dignity of human life, helping successfully defend the federal Partial Birth Abortion Act, state parental notification laws, and Texas’s law prohibiting state funds for groups that provide abortions.
No right is more precious and fundamental than the right to life, and any just society should protect that right at every stage, from conception to natural death.

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