Since the legalizing of abortion, an estimated 57,762,169 babies never got a chance to take their first breathe or see the clear blue sky. They never got a chance to experience life because life was taken from them. January 22nd marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a decision in history that has allowed for the murder of precious, innocent human beings.
Not everyone remembers this day as a day to mourn those lost lives. Not every one remembers this day as a reminder of the preciousness of life. Rather, there are those that celebrate the decision of Roe vs. Wade as an historic moment for women in gaining the right to do what they want with their bodies. President Barack Obama’s own words make it obvious he is among the latter.
“Forty-two years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Roe v. Wade, a decision that protects a woman’s freedom to make her own choices about her body and her health, and reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters…Today, as we reflect on this critical moment in our history, may we all rededicate ourselves to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons.”
Obama’s statement makes one wonder what does he believe about equality? By supporting abortion, Obama is intending to further support the equality between genders. With that said, the question remains: does he think all life is equal? By supporting abortion, it is clear he is not supporting the unborn; therefore, it is very possible he does not think all life is in fact equal.
Throughout American history, fighting for equality is a reoccurring theme. The abolition of slavery, the Civil Rights movement, and women getting the vote are a few examples of this. The pro-life battle to end abortion is in keeping with this theme of fighting for equality. There are people who are devoting their lives, their free time, and their prayers for the pro-life movement. Also, as a younger generation becomes more involved, the pro-life movement is further ignited. Those fighting against abortion believe the unborn has the right to life and should have the same opportunity to live and enjoy the freedoms we have. Pro-lifers understand all life is valuable and that all life has dignity. The pro-life message reflects the fundamental American value of equality.
President Obama may speak as the leader of America; however, he does not speak for all of America. With over half-a-million people present at March For Life in D.C. and people supporting the pro-life message all across the nation, it is clear that not all of America agrees with Obama’s sentiments. So while some pat America on the shoulder for the progress caused by the legalization of abortion, there are many who solemnly remember the innocent lives lost on account of Roe vs. Wade.