On the 36th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion, I encourage everyone to read Princeton’s Robert P. George on the history of the decision, and the impact of it on our political life.
Some celebrate this decision. Others feel that abortion is sad, but that women still should be able to have a right to deal with pregnancy in whatever way they feel is right. Others approach it more academically and say that — constitutionally — there is no protection for the unborn. Others say the best way to deal with this is not through law but through cultural zeitgeist. I’m actually sympathetic to that more libertarian strain of thought. I agree that you usually cannot legislate morality. That we need to give understanding and love to women facing unplanned pregnancies, not the fear of prison, but hope for a future. But we still have laws against murder. And that is what abortion is. But this is an old argument.
Anyway, Obama is the most, err, “pro-choice” president we’ve ever had. His voting record shows that. His respect for the lives of terrorists trumps his respect for the lives of unborn Americans (many of them African-American). Those of us who feel differently pray for his change of heart. And consider this, from the Catholic Church.