Update II: El Presidente has posted an excellent video produced by Catholic Votes, which makes the case against abortion using Barack Obama’s own story.
Updates: Gateway Pundit notes that Obama is using the occasion to expand American taxpayer funding of abortions overseas. Kyle-Anne Shiver appreciates taking on intellectually honest, pro-abortion atheists in debates. And LaShawn Barber points us to a sad account of a woman who deeply regrets her abortion.
Lest all the pomp and circumstance accompanying the 44th President’s bold new Leftward agenda drown it out, we should pause to remember that today is the 36th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision. The devastating consequences of this terribly rendered Supreme Court ruling rest with us still.
As long as I have been aware of this issue, I have always been on the pro-life side of the spectrum. But the position became less theoretical and more personal and poignant with each of the births of my two daughters. I am committed to the issue intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally – though these days it can seem demoralizing to be pro-life.
All the focus is on the nation’s capital, precisely because Roe has taken this issue out of the states’ hands and created an artificial right to kill an unborn child at any phase of a pregnancy. Meanwhile, to highlight the somewhat narrow differences in policy accorded among the states, Americans United for Life recently has released its annual ranking of states from most pro-life to least pro-life. Colorado is 23rd, right in the middle of the pack.
My non-pro-life conservative Colorado friends and I may disagree on some debated policy points that state lawmakers are able to address today, but we all should be united in support of overturning the awful Roe decision so states can take up this issue more effectively, where it belongs. However, given the current White House occupant, we can’t be too hopeful of such a change to occur on the Supreme Court any time soon.
In the meantime, fellow pro-lifers can pray, speak out, peacefully persuade, and support local private groups doing fantastic work, like the Alternatives Pregnancy Center here in Denver.