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
Too often, our nation and churches are unable to civilly address this difficult issue. Discussions about abortion are rarely approached with reason or love.
John Mark N. Reynolds
There are many rights nobody gets from the Constitution. We call those human rights and one of the them is the right to life.
In a world where fetuses are considered legal persons, every miscarriage of necessity has to be investigated to determine whether foul play was involved.
He finally did it. Donald Trump came through on his promise and unified the country. Democrats and Republicans have turned against him.
The warning about women dying from back alley abortions isn't hyperbole. It happened before, and it happens today in places where abortion is illegal.
J. R. Daniel Kirk
Is it possible that there's a middle ground in this issue between unfettered access and nearly unlimited restriction?
Rebecca Bratten Weiss
As pro-life and pro-choice leaders joined in condemning the idea that women should be punished for abortion, perhaps this can give us more common ground.
Whether this hurts Trump in the polls remains to be seen, but realize that the other Republican candidates aren't any better on the issue.
The perpetrators of these crimes are troubled, or mentally ill, or hot-tempered, but they're not "pro-life."
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.
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 tipping point against abortion is coming. It may well be here.
Abortion does not deserve to be the focus, the bottom line, of a book on the history of pregnancy in Christianity.
Our pregnancy centers don't just focus on preventing abortions, they provide counseling, formula, diapers, and even financial help.
If people start peeping behind the curtain–well, that's when you have a problem.
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.
Even our best-laid plans for parenthood usually get wrecked by something. That's the thing about parenthood—it's always unplanned.
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?
Even the most vocal "mavericks" dare not gainsay it in any serious way lest the faithful withhold their hosannas and almighty dollars.
Zero abortions won't happen, whether abortion is legal or not. Making abortion illegal doesn't eliminate it; it simply drives it underground.