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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

Bringing Common Sense to the Abortion Debate

Bringing Common Sense to the Abortion Debate

James Jennings

Too often, our nation and churches are unable to civilly address this difficult issue. Discussions about abortion are rarely approached with reason or love.

Mrs. Clinton: You Are a Human, You Have a Right to Life

Mrs. Clinton: You Are a Human, You Have a Right to Life

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.

The Natural Consequences of Banning Abortion

The Natural Consequences of Banning Abortion

Libby Anne

In a world where fetuses are considered legal persons, every miscarriage of necessity has to be investigated to determine whether foul play was involved.

Trump, Abortion, and a Better Conversation

Trump, Abortion, and a Better Conversation

Adam Ericksen

He finally did it. Donald Trump came through on his promise and unified the country. Democrats and Republicans have turned against him.

Punishing Women for Abortions

Punishing Women for Abortions

John Beckett

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.

Abortion: Is a Better Conversation Possible?

Abortion: Is a Better Conversation Possible?

J. R. Daniel Kirk

Is it possible that there's a middle ground in this issue between unfettered access and nearly unlimited restriction?

Thank You, Donald Trump!

Thank You, Donald Trump!

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.

Trump Says Women Who Have Abortions Deserve

Trump Says Women Who Have Abortions Deserve "Some Form of Punishment"

Hemant Mehta

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.

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."

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.

More Commentary

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.

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.

"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.

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.

'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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