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Roe v. Wade:
Pro Life, Pro Choice, and Decades of Division

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On Jan. 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court voted 7-2 to strike down a Texas law prohibiting abortion, citing that it violated a woman's right to privacy. This landmark decision is known as Roe v. Wade.

Four decades later, reproductive rights remains one of the most controversial issues in our society. As the 42nd anniversary of the decision approached, Patheos bloggers from all beliefs and sides of the debate remembered Roe v. Wade.


Recent Perspectives on Roe v. Wade

Robert Dear Not a Christian = Farook and Malik Not Muslims

Robert Dear Not a Christian = Farook and Malik Not Muslims

Libby Anne

I'm sorry, but you can't have it both ways.

Pro-Lifers Don't Kill People. Dear Doesn't Speak for Us

Pro-Lifers Don't Kill People. Dear Doesn't Speak for Us

Kathy Schiffer

The perpetrators of these crimes are troubled, or mentally ill, or hot-tempered, but they're not "pro-life."

"Warrior for the Babies:" Robert Dear's Courtroom Outbursts

Michael Stone

Robert Dear, the Planned Parenthood killer, yelled "I am guilty! There is no trial! I am a warrior for the babies!" during a courtroom outburst on Wednesday.

How Current Pro-Life Ethics Leave Room for Violent Terrorism

How Current Pro-Life Ethics Leave Room for Violent Terrorism

Benjamin L. Corey

Until we embrace an ethical system that is comprehensive and truly pro-life without exception, we leave the door cracked open for violence.

What

What "Planned Parenthood Is Disgusting" Really Means

Epiphenom

People who are disgusted feel that their minds have been corrupted by what they've seen—which is, perhaps, why they sometimes react so violently.

Shooting Rampage at Planned Parenthood

Shooting Rampage at Planned Parenthood

Kate O'Hare

Fair, careful reporting that does not devolve into speculation beyond the known facts is, and will continue to be, rare.

Robert Dear and Christian Terrorism

Robert Dear and Christian Terrorism

Libby Anne

We need to be as vocal about condemning Christian anti-abortion terrorism as we are in condemning Muslim terrorism.

The Diverse Face of Terrorism

The Diverse Face of Terrorism

Erin Wathen

The terrorist was white. And American. And most likely, Christian. Not a faceless boogeyman in a turban. Not a young black man with droopy pants.

The Cessation of Planned Parenthood

The Cessation of Planned Parenthood

Owen Strachan

The tipping point against abortion is coming. It may well be here.

This Is Not About Abortion

This Is Not About Abortion

Agnes Howard

Abortion does not deserve to be the focus, the bottom line, of a book on the history of pregnancy in Christianity.

More Commentary

Pro-Lifers Aren't One-Trick Ponies

Pro-Lifers Aren't One-Trick Ponies

stefoodie

Our pregnancy centers don't just focus on preventing abortions, they provide counseling, formula, diapers, and even financial help.

Abortion as Seen in Young Adult Science Fiction

Abortion as Seen in Young Adult Science Fiction

Emily Belanger

As a portrayal of the abortion debate, Neal Shusterman's Unwind embodies the core misunderstanding of pro-choice advocates.

"I Don't Know If I'm Pro-Choice Anymore"

Samuel James

If people start peeping behind the curtain–well, that's when you have a problem.

Abolishing Abortion: Why I fear the European Equilibrium

Abolishing Abortion: Why I fear the European Equilibrium

Ben Conroy

Deep down, part of me is afraid that abortion won't be abolished until the world rediscovers a different way of thinking and of being.

All Parenthood is #UnplannedParenthood

All Parenthood is #UnplannedParenthood

Calah Alexander

Even our best-laid plans for parenthood usually get wrecked by something. That's the thing about parenthood—it's always unplanned.

Offering Help and Hope Along with Undercover Videos

Offering Help and Hope Along with Undercover Videos

Simcha Fisher

Let's not forget another large population of Americans, whose hearts matter just as much: the population of women who have had abortions.

Abortion: A Man's Choice

Abortion: A Man's Choice

Melinda Selmys

He pointed out that in most cases abortion is not a decision that a woman makes on her own. Where, he asked, are the men in this equation?

Planned Parenthood = Golden Calf

Planned Parenthood = Golden Calf

Mark Shea

Even the most vocal "mavericks" dare not gainsay it in any serious way lest the faithful withhold their hosannas and almighty dollars.

Planned Parenthood and the Shudder Factor

Planned Parenthood and the Shudder Factor

Max Lindenman

Its president could very well have said: "This is how we do business. Get over it."

'I Do Abortions Because I Am a Christian'

'I Do Abortions Because I Am a Christian'

Bob Seidensticker

Zero abortions won't happen, whether abortion is legal or not. Making abortion illegal doesn't eliminate it; it simply drives it underground.

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