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Barbara Horak: Congress should act to limit or end abortions


Barbara Horak
Guest Columnist


Ours is a dangerous world. Every day horrific atrocities — killings and cruelties — are happening all over the globe. And in the United States, because of the decisions of 12 people, more than 60 million have died.

The court ruling in Roe v Wade, that overturned the laws of 31 states that protected the lives of unborn children, happened because of:

• One appellant, Jane Roe, who wanted to terminate her pregnancy and who lied when she said she had been raped.

• One lawyer, Sarah Weddington, who knew her client, Jane Roe, was lying.

• Three judges of a federal court in Texas.

• And seven Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.

That all happened 42 years ago. On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down two decisions. And because of the Roe vs. Wade and the Doe vs. Bolton decisions, it has been legal in the United States to abort unborn children through all nine months of pregnancy.

More than 60 million unborn children have died during these 42 years.

And not only are unborn children dying but millions of those involved in abortion are devastated.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said: "Each individual abortion procedure is an explosive event in the lives of the mother and father and those closely connected to that decision. The shockwaves not only deeply touch the mother and father but all those who are part of abortion decisions and procedures. They extend out into the lives that they will touch as their unresolved grief and loss impact their future relationships, their marriage and family lives. This can and does reach deeply into our society—our schools, our health care and legal systems, our economy and our communities."

Will the devastation end?

The Supreme Court declared in Roe vs. Wade that the court could not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.

And the court admitted that if personhood for the unborn is established, the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

So for 42 years Congress could have stopped the deaths of innocent unborn children by enacting legislation that recognized that life begins at conception. Then children in the womb would be considered persons and would be guaranteed the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Don't unborn children deserve the same protection as each of us?

Earlier this month, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This legislation would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on evidence that developing babies at that age feel agonizing pain when they are aborted.

The dilation and evacuation procedure for late-term abortions requires the unborn child to be dismembered before the body parts can be removed.

This same legislation was passed in the House last year but was never voted on in the Senate.

A late-term abortion doctor has already weighed in. She says that the fetus cannot feel pain until about 24 weeks after conception.

Will we next hear that the right solution would be a law requiring anesthesia for the unborn child?

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates there are more than 10,000 late-term abortions every year.

How have we come to this? Isn't protecting innocent lives one of the main jobs of government?

Ours is a dangerous world. And the most dangerous place in the world right now is in a human mother's womb.

Barbara Horak is an author, rancher, and retired CPA who lives in East El Paso.



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