Roe v Wade at 40: I Have a Dream

Roe v Wade at 40: I Have a Dream January 22, 2013

This is a guest post from Dr. Brian Mattson, Senior Scholar of Public Theology for the Center for Cultural Leadership. Dr. Mattson also serves as faculty for the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Blackstone Legal Fellowship. You can follow his blog Dead Reckoning or connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

I have a dream!

That one day children will not be judged on their stage of development, but on their intrinsic dignity and value as image-bearers of God.

Yesterday I posted on the Civil Rights movement and the truly amazing progress our nation has made in overcoming bigotry and racism.

Today, I want to note that the ugliest and most evil of bigotries is still alive and well in America. That the most helpless and vulnerable human beings, quietly resting in what God designed as the safest place on earth, a mother’s womb, are wantonly attacked, dismembered, and dispatched at the hands of “healthcare” providers.

America is essentially the only developed nation that allows no restrictions whatsoever on this barbaric practice.

It must stop.

Roe v Wade:The Age of Insanity

40 years ago today, the high priests of a new pagan, lawless order decreed that We the People of the United States of America are incapable of having a reasonable moral conversation about this practice. Not to be trusted, the abortion question was forever taken out of the hands of citizens, legislators, and executive officers as the the High Court decreed the practice to be legal at any and all stages of fetal development so long as a “healthcare” provider certify the procedure to be essential to a woman’s mental health. That “healthcare” provider, it just so happens, is always the abortionist with financial interests.

Ostensibly, the purpose of Roe v. Wade was to open up a new liberty, the freedom to “choose” one’s medical decisions. Alas, no. What it did was enslave the once-free American people to the ridiculous whim of nine, unelected lawyers. They can never be questioned. Their decree can never be undermined. Legislating that parents be notified of their minor daughter having a bloody, invasive surgery is beyond the pale, though they cannot so much as be given an aspirin by a school nurse without such parental consent.

Such is the age of insanity we are living in right at this very moment.

We wail and mourn the precious children gunned down at school at Sandy Hook Elementary, we tear our clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, while we determinedly murder millions of precious children every year. Our President just yesterday in his Second Inaugural invoked, as a basis for legislation, the prospect of “if just one child could be saved….”

Such is the age of insanity we are living in right at this very moment.

We have a President who is the most committed abortion ideologue this country has ever known. He will certainly do everything in his power to ensure that the judiciary in this country never questions Justice Blackmun’s reason-free majority opinion. To forever enslave America to the evil ideological vision of Margaret Sanger and her genocidal cohorts. Right now President Obama is a hair’s breadth from achieving another 40 years of Roe, with just one replacement on the Supreme Court (which he’s likely to get). Another 55 million children who will never see the light of day.

America chose this man.

Why? Because “he cares.” He’s more “in touch.” He’s cooler than that businessman guy from Massachusetts. He knows Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Such is the age of insanity we are living in right at this very moment.

Our Freedom of Choice

America does, in fact, have the freedom of choice. America can choose liberty and freedom, or America can choose slavery and decline. Neither is inevitable. We are choosing, with each passing hour, day, month, and year that unborn children are fair game for slaughter, a wretched slavery. And with that choice, decline is inevitable. For God is not mocked.

I, too, like Dr. King, have a dream. A dream of an America that rightly abhors the very notion of getting rid of a helpless human being in its mother’s womb. While there might be worse national sins a country might commit, I cannot think offhand what they might be.

40 years of Roe is 40 years too long. 55 million dead is 55 million too many.

Rise up, America! You, the nation that proclaims that all are created equal and given inalienable rights from God, including the right to life!

Rise up!

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  • Steve Ruble

    “That the most helpless and vulnerable human beings, quietly resting in what God designed as the safest place on earth, a mother’s womb, are wantonly attacked, dismembered, and dispatched at the hands of “healthcare” providers.”

    Really, the safest place on earth? You should familiarize yourself with the statistics on miscarriage. Estimates very, but the overall rate for confirmed pregnancies is around 15-20%. If you include estimates based on the rate of implantation of fertilized eggs and hormone monitoring the rate is much higher; as many as 70% of fertilizations may end in miscarriage. If God designed the womb to be the safest place on earth, He did a bad job.

    • Sagrav

      Now, now Steve. Don’t bring reason and facts to an emotionally charged political wedge issue. Just imagine abortion doctors punching babies to death while Obama and George Soros are cheering in the background!

  • Daniel

    I don’t often have dreams or if I do, I don’t really remember them soon after waking up. But I had a vivid dream this morning and I woke up with tears in my eyes, seconds before the alarm went off. In the dream I was trying to convince coworkers of the horror, the holocaust that is abortion.

    Please pray that God makes His will clearly known to me, that He gives me unmistakeable opportunities to stand for Him on this issue.

  • Jennifer

    Thank you, Dr. Mattson, for this guest post. I had not realized that there were no restrictions on abortion in the United States. Regrettably there are no legal restrictions in Canada, either, though provinces and medical boards are able to set policies and guidelines that effectively restrict abortions after the 20 week mark.

    To me, however, it does not matter whether the baby is “viable”. It is my dream that we will someday live in a society where abortions at any stage are extremely rare. Where we differ might be in our approach. I was struck this morning by a line in one of Frank Viola’s posts: “Instead of looking at it through a legal lens – right vs. wrong – let’s put the question on a different mountain”. He was talking about cursing and not about abortion, but the issue of abortion jumped to mind when I read it. We are so focused on defending our legal “side” on this issue that we neglect to focus our energy on a different question – “Do we, as a society, want the number of abortions to decrease?” I can’t imagine a “no” answer from any but a very small minority. Even the majority of those who want abortion to be legal (myself included) would answer this question in the affirmative. A lot of energy and emotion is going to the “battle” of abortion. I dream that someday we will spend that same energy on working together on the common goal of finding viable solutions that will drastically reduce abortions while at the same time upholding the rights of the Mother.

  • Sagrav

    I have a dream too: that someday evangelicals will understand that there is a real and undeniable difference between an embryo, a fetus, and a child.

    Alas, I usually wake up from my dream when religious extremists start screeching about imaginary infant holocausts.

    • In a legitiamte effrot to understand, when exactly in your definitions does an embryo become a fetus and a fetus a child?