A Further Perspective

Black Anniversary

Nearly 50 million abortions since 1973.

By 1.22.10

One struggles to say something new or insightful on this dark day, the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court's usurpation of democracy, human and natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As most readers will recall, it was on this day in 1973 that the nation's high court legalized abortion on demand, for any reason imaginable, for all nine months of pregnancy, up to the moment of birth. This was the legal effect of the court's two decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.

Over the years the number of abortions reached an all-time high of 1.6 million per year in 1990, dropping to 1.2 million per year as recently as 2007. A good approximate count as to the total number of unborn lives lost is something on the order of 49,551,703.

In the blink of an eye, America will have killed off nearly 50 million of its progeny. The obvious comparisons have already been made to the loss of life in the Civil War, the Viet Nam War, 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan, all of which, combined, cannot rival this butcher's bill for abortion's grip on the land in just one year.

Facts, as they say, are stubborn things.

One must give thanks that the Supreme Court, just barely, allowed a ban on "partial birth abortion" to stand, a kind of infanticide practiced at the instance of birth, using methods that makes a sentient person's stomach turn. One must also praise the fortitude and political savvy of the former Michigan state trooper and Congressman from the Upper Peninsula, Bart Stupak, who forced his own Democratic Party leadership to allow him, successfully, to seek a prohibition on abortion funding in the House health care bill.

And there is the glimmer of hope one can find in the recent turning in public attitudes, as documented by the Gallup organization, and discussed on this site, that more Americans call themselves pro-life than pro-choice.

Despite the immobility of the political and judicial culture, its invincible ignorance and studied indifference to the humanity of unborn children, one prays that the culture is not completely lost. Gallup's research offers some consolation as will the tens of thousands of citizens braving the elements and giving witness to the right to life on the Mall in Washington, D.C. this black anniversary.

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G. Tracy Mehan III served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the administrations of both Presidents Bush. He is a consultant in Arlington, Virginia, and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.