Today marks the 46th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the sister Supreme Court cases that legalized abortion in America through all nine months and for any reason.
Through all nine months. And for any reason.
Wanted a boy but got a girl? Or maybe you’re due on a Wednesday but really had your heart set on a Tuesday. Is there speculation about a possible disability or birth defect? Wanted to get pregnant just a few months later so you can still wear your favorite outfit on vacation? Roe and Doe say yes – completely valid reasons to terminate your child.
We live in a developed, industrialized, “first-world” country. But our barbaric abortion laws do not reflect a civilized people.
Since this day in 1973, well over 60 million babies have been aborted. What does 60 million people look like?
- It’s roughly the population of Italy.
- It would take the equivalent of 4,167 football fields to give each of these children a proper burial.
- It’s almost 10,000 times the capacity of Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
- Statistically speaking, that’s about 180,000 potential doctors.
- …1.8 million potential teachers.
- …600,000 potential engineers.
- …600,000 potential police officers.
- …And 900,000 potential nurses.
- Stacked up, 60 million people would reach about ¼ of the way to the moon.
- It rivals the total death toll of World War II (every country – combat, civilian casualty, & Holocaust).
- It’s almost exactly the number of American children who will attend a U.S. school (public or private) this year.
This is the legacy of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. A vast, and ever-increasing, group of people who were silenced because we deemed them small enough, vulnerable enough, and inconvenient enough to be disposable.
46 years is plenty long enough for us to fully realize what these court cases have really done. They have hurt women physically and psychologically, ended the lives of an almost unfathomable number of people, hijacked the feminist movement, and started us sliding down a terrifying slope of disrespect for human life.
It’s a lot to process. But over 600,000 people just gathered in Washington, D.C. to march, not for themselves, but for those who cannot march. And most of those people were young. 46 years is long enough. Roe: the Pro-Life Generation is coming for you.