By Brenna Lewis, SFLA Staff Writer
Roe v. Wade is defined by the Merriam-Webster Law Dictionary as having “established a woman’s right to have an abortion without undue restrictive interference from the government. The Court held that a woman’s right to decide for herself to bring or not bring a pregnancy to term is guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment.” The “Roe” of Roe v. Wade was Norma McCorvey, who in 1970 was looking to abort her third child. Many pro-life advocates are familiar with the rest of the story: pro-abortion lawyers saw their opportunity, took advantage of Norma’s ignorance, and used her as a pawn in their scheme to legalize abortion in America by way of the Supreme Court.
Students for Life of America is a post-Roe organization.
But what does that really mean? What is a present-Roe organization?
Present-Roe organizations are under the incredible delusion that abortion is good for women. The current state of the feminist movement is one of hijacking; they saw the pro-choice platform and promptly decided that no one could claim to be a feminist without also praising abortion. The propaganda that spews out the mouths of Planned Parenthood executives and NARAL activists sounds liberating and inspiring – but it doesn’t take much to peer through the cracks at the reality of what abortion has done. Women are suffering depression, substance abuse, being killed in botched abortions by “qualified” abortionists, and even committing suicide as a result of their choice.
Our generation has seen the devastation that abortion has brought to our society. We’ve seen how it has polarized friends and neighbors, seen the hurt in our sisters’ eyes as she confides her regret at the fate of her first child. We know that abortion has only brought pain and that so-called sexual liberation is not won with the blood of our children.
Post-Roe means that we know this tragedy is going to end – and we’re going to make it happen in our lifetime. 45 years of the legal destruction of our most vulnerable is 45 years too long. Through grassroots efforts and innovative techniques, Students for Life and the rest of the pro-life movement have worked to prepare our country for the day Roe is finally tossed on the ash heap of history. There are a number of states that are ready to be safe havens for babies in the womb once Roe is overturned. The 30 states in purple plan to either outlaw abortion altogether or at least place strong restrictions on it.
These are the safest places for women and babies post-Roe – and it’s a fantastic start.
Since 1973, there have been over 54 million abortions… and these are just the reported ones. Not all facilities are required to report, and this number largely excludes medical abortions. No one knows the real number; to know it would be the height of horror.
Unprecedented millions of families will be spared the harms of abortion when Roe is gone. We won’t have to wonder which of our classmates, friends, and siblings were lost. Pregnancy centers and charitable organizations are growing in numbers and ready to support everyone in a post-Roe world who otherwise would’ve found themselves in desperation at the doors of a Planned Parenthood. The network of love and support in already in place; now it’s time to say goodbye to Roe.
Want to help us overturn Roe v. Wade and bring this debate back to the states? Contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator!