Today marks the 35th anniversary of the worst court decision in
U. S. history. I know there were some truly horrible decisions made regarding slavery and racism before and after the Civil War. I can think of several more very bad court rulings by the Supreme Court in our history as a nation. But none was more poorly grounded in the reasons given for the actual decision, and none has had a higher cost in human life, than Roe v. Wade.
Since 1973 we have aborted 49 million unborn children in America. Think about this. One third of an entire generation was wiped out by this decision. One third.
Today a friend and I reflected upon the implications of all this. We were talking about the complexity of the immigration issue. We both agreed that the borders need securing. We both agreed that illegals who were criminals must be forced to leave the country. We had differing ideas after those two points about how to fix the rest of this massive problem but we agreed that it needed serious attention. I think the majority of Americans agree with us, at least according to every poll that I’ve seen.
But think about this one for a moment today. Without the undocumented workers in our service sector our economy would suffer the loss of millions of workers who are willing to take the jobs that many of the rest of us do not want. And without these workers our way of life, and the general economy, would not be better off in the long run. But, and this is huge if you think about it for very long, if we had 49 million more American natural born citizens where would we be?
These would be workers and tax payers. Would we face the present recession? I haven’t heard a single politician tell us the truth. Social security is in trouble for many reasons but who will say it is clearly because we did not produce enough new children for 35 years?
The good news is that the youngest generation is actually reproducing at a slightly higher rate and the rate of abortions continues to decline, though there were 1.2 million of them last year. There is some evidence that the young are not where my generation was on this issue.
Consider the big movie hit, Juno, which actually comes across as pretty pro-life film in a subtle way.
So no matter how you think about the social ills of the United States never forget this fact—there are 49 million less of us than there should be. What a grave tragedy of such immense and ghastsly proportion.
In 1973 I got my first graduate degree and the commencement speaker was Dr. C. Everett Koop. I will never forget his address. He told us that we would be the first class to face "the really brave new world" and that things would likely become much, much worse over the course of our lifetimes. He was profoundly right. I will not stop seeking to change the law and to save lives as much as I can so long as I have life and strength. For me, this does trump all other social issues. It is not my only issue but it is a BIGGEST one when you really think about it, which most of us do not do much of these days. May God have mercy on us and may we stand up for life in the womb in every way possible.