March for Life

Today, the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, there will be a March for Life in Washington, D. C.   More than 100,000 are expected to attend.  If it is anything like past years, there will be little press coverage of the event.

Under the “Change Has Come to America” banner at www.whitehouse.gov, President Obama’s agenda includes this:

Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose: President Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority in his Administration. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.

The President is expected to make an Executive Order that will reverse the Mexico City Policy that has required all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services in other countries.  This policy was originally adopted by President Reagan and has been followed by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic administrations.

We now have a president that thinks the question of when life begins is “above my pay grade” and if his daughters make a mistake, wouldn’t want them “punished with a baby.”  More than 48 million abortions have been performed in the United States in the past 36 years.  Some studies suggest that 1 in 3 pregnancies in the United States now end in abortion and that more than 90% of these are for the convenience of the mother.

For years, the phrase “woman’s right to choose” has attempted to reduce the decision to have an abortion to the same level has having a tooth extracted–“it’s in my body and I should be able to do anything with my body that I choose.”  Nevermind that the whole idea is based on a lie.  While a fetus may be in a woman’s body, it is certainly not part of her body.  It’s a separate individual, with its own DNA.  It relies on its mother for care and for nourishment, not a “choice.”

We are now in the era of “Hope and Change.”  Unfortunately, I think there won’t be much Hope for many of America’s unborn for the next few years.   I suspect we will see changes in the laws allowing for partial-birth abortions and the possible passage of the Freedom of Choice Act, which would codify women’s right under Roe v. Wade to terminate their pregnancy and would forbid any interference with that right.  The “Conscience Rule,” signed by President Bush last month, is also in jeopardy.  It  allows anyone in the health system — from a surgeon to a pharmacy cashier — to decline to offer a service or treatment that violates their personal conscience.

The changes we will probably see won’t be towards the position of “Choose Life.”

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