On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court granted women in America the right to an abortion. With the nod of her head—yes, I’m having this baby; no, I’m not having this baby—life or death is decided. Nobody else has a vote. Forget the father, the relatives, and the thousands of childless couples. Their opinions are irrelevant.
Since 1973, more than 50 million unborn babies have been aborted—92% for social reasons (i.e. untimely, inconvenient, unwanted). To give you an idea of the gravity of 50 million, that’s 20 million more than the combined population of the 20 largest cities in the United States. I simply cannot wrap my head around this truth.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the late John F. Kennedy, was a fierce leader in the effort to improve the lives of people with mental retardation for more than three decades. In 1968, an article appeared in McCall's magazine, debating the legalization of abortion. Mrs. Shriver brilliantly wrote the opposing viewpoint, stressing that accepting abortion on demand ignores the root problem, and sentences children to death before they are born.
In her conclusion, Mrs. Shriver declared that God is the creator of life—commanding us to respect it at every level—and that He has not given us power over other lives. "Having sure knowledge of the uniqueness and potential of the life within a mother's womb," she wrote, "I cannot grasp how we can righteously claim authority to destroy it."
In 2000 and 2003, my then-editor at The Dallas Morning News asked me to write the pro-life viewpoint for the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. He knew my history, and I gladly accepted the assignment both years.
You have the right to your opinion, and I have the right to mine. The following is the editorial that appeared in 2003. And, by special request, I've included the one from 2000, as well. (You'll have to click on the image for full resolution.)
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb." (NLT)
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