40 years ago, the Roe v. Wade decision wasn’t even the biggest news story of the day
There have been several good articles today to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling that States did not have the authority to criminalize abortion. Here are a few of the best:
- How Abortion Became an Evangelical Issue — Al Mohler’s article from today’s Washington Post explains how evangelicals gradually became co-belligerents with Catholics in opposing abortion. Any of my fellow Southern Baptists who are not familiar with our denomination’s history on this issue (hint: the SBC wasn’t always so pro-life) should read this.
- We Know They Are Killing Children—All of Us Know — John Piper: “For forty years this has meant that any perceived stress is a legal ground for eliminating the child. We have killed fifty million babies. And what increases our guilt as a nation is that we know what we are doing. Here’s the evidence that we know we are killing children.”
- 5 Things You Didn’t Know About “Jane Roe” — The history of Norma McCorvey (the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade), including her conversion to Christianity and the pro-life conviction that came with it.
Abortion is a topic I’ve addressed several times on this blog. Here are some posts from the archives which may be of interest to you:
- Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice — Are conservative Christians “anti-choice”? Are abortionists “anti-life”? Defining the terms of the debate.
- Is It Fair to Compare Abortion to the Holocaust? — Tracing the philosophy that justifies death on a massive scale from Darwin to Nietszche to Hitler to Planned Parenthood.
- The Greatest Moral Failure of Our Time — Focusing on the politics of the issue, including why I disagree with most political conservatives about how best to legislate abortion.
In that last post, you’ll also find some facts which conservatives today may find uncomfortable. For instance, did you know that two years prior to Roe v. Wade, the Southern Baptists passed a resolution seeking Federal legislation that would make abortion legal? Or that perhaps the most progressive legislation legalizing abortion prior to Roe v. Wade was signed into law by California Governor Ronald Reagan?
The good news is that both Reagan and the SBC, like “Jane Roe” herself, eventually became staunch defenders of life, which holds promise that the battle is worth fighting. Today’s abortionist may well be tomorrow’s abolitionist.