Day of Infamy

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 22, 2005

January 22nd 1973 is a date that, like the name "Auschwitz," is never pronounced without a vibration of horror. Even the most ferocious advocates of abortion-on-demand prefer to focus our attention elsewhere than the Roe-versus-Wade decision, an act of intellectual and moral debasement so profound that those who profit from it can never quite rub the blood from their hands. Ramesh Ponnuro, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Roe, made some remarks still worth reading:

The abortion regime was born in lies. In Britain (and in California, pre-Roe), the abortion lobby deceptively promoted legal revisions to allow "therapeutic" abortions and then defined every abortion as "therapeutic." The abortion lobby lied about Jane Roe, claiming her pregnancy resulted from a gang rape. It lied about the number of back-alley abortions. Justice Blackmun relied on fictitious history to argue, in Roe, that abortion had never been a common law crime.

The abortion regime is also sustained by lies. Its supporters constantly lie about the radicalism of Roe: even now, most Americans who "agree with Roe v. Wade" in polls think that it left third-term abortions illegal and restricted second-term abortions. They have lied about the frequency and "medical necessity" of partial-birth abortion. Then there are the euphemisms: "terminating a pregnancy," abortion "providers," "products of conception." "The fetus is only a potential human being" -- as if it might as easily become an elk. "It should be between a woman and her doctor" -- the latter an abortionist who has never met the woman before and who has a financial interest in her decision. This movement cannot speak the truth.

For some exceptionally powerful essays on Roe and its consequences, check out the following by Will, Bottum, Arkes, George & Lee, Sobran, and Finnis.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2005 3:26 PM ET USA

    The killing of 45,000,000 unborn babies will not go unpunished by God. It is a crime that cries to heaven and surely these babies are now clothed in white and waiting under the altar for the Lord to bring judgment on earth. Do we realize that this country is now responsible for the worst genocide in history? The number is staggering and defies comprehension

  • Posted by: Jim E - Jan. 22, 2005 1:22 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, the comparison of the abortionists' propaganda and life destruction to that of Nazi regime is valid. Your provision of access to the group of thoughtfully wirtten essays was very helpful. More of this journalism and less of the cynicism will make more of us extremely grateful for your contributions to this site. Enlightenment trumps cynicism in all cases.