Further Reflections After the Fall of Roe
Simply stated, Roe v. Wade has been overturned. And yet, while this horrible ruling has been reversed and the issue has gone back to the states, two things come to mind. First, the extremes people will go to in order to make sure a woman can end the life of her own child. Secondly, the unborn are still in danger.
After Roe was overturned, a flurry of theories, speculations, and lies began to swirl. It suddenly became important to many women that their “right” to an abortion was going away. It didn’t, of course, but the poor behavior of many revealed the deeper issues of the heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. The protests across the country and the attacks on churches and pregnancy centers made it evident that pro-abortion activists would be bold in their efforts to protect abortion. How sad. Personally, I was deeply heartbroken by the response of those individuals who screamed while holding inappropriate signage and made a spectacle of themselves all in the name of protecting abortion rights for their daughter, granddaughter, or even great granddaughter. I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, though. An entire generation has grown up in a world where abortion is just another pregnancy option, and unfortunately, it still is. Depending on whom the mother or father is, the unborn child is still very much in danger. Judge Andrew Napolitano put it best:
“Is the baby in the womb a person? The whole purpose of the 14th Amendment was to prohibit just what Dobbs unleashed. It unleashed the states to declare, under the rubric of the democratic process, that babies in the womb are not entitled to legal protection. That is the spectacle we all observed last week in which Kansas voters decided by a 59 to 41 margin that the baby in the womb is not a person. New Jersey, which permits abortions up to the moment after birth, recently made the same decision legislatively.”
The Dobbs decision overturned the Roe ruling, essentially returning the decision of abortion to the states. But the Dobbs decision did not end abortion. Again, quoting Judge Napolitano:
“My pro-life colleagues are misreading Dobbs. Roe was a monstrosity of unconstitutional origin, and pro-lifers rightly rejoice that it is gone. Yet, in its place we have the tyranny of the majority, which, as history tells us, can be worse for life, liberty and property than the tyranny of a madman.”
What’s the takeaway? It would be easy for Missouri residents to breathe a sigh of relief that Missouri is an abortion-free state, but the work to end abortion won’t be effective until the hearts of individuals are turned back to the personhood of the unborn. Until the time when abortion is seen as an unthinkable option, the St. Joseph and Cameron PRCs will continue to be the first step for women in a crisis pregnancy. The perceived “need” for abortion will end when the person(s) who are being targeted, are seen as being as valuable as the person making the “choice.” May we continue to speak out for those who cannot and pray for those who would like us to be silent. Fight. Finish. Keep the faith.