Most people do not really know what the Supreme Court decided on Jan. 22, 1973. They assume that the Court made abortion legal in the first trimester of pregnancy only, and that it’s subject to substantial limits and regulations. Neither of these assumptions is true.

The Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade did not create a limited right to abortion but a virtually unlimited right to abortion throughout pregnancy. Here’s how: the case involved an 1854 Texas law prohibiting abortion except “for the purpose of saving the life of the mother.” The plaintiff, whose real name is Norma McCorvey, desired a purely elective abortion and filed suit claiming the Texas law deprived her of constitutional rights. Seven members of the Supreme Court agreed.

While admitting that abortion is not in the text of the Constitution, they nevertheless ruled that a right to abortion was part of an implied “right to privacy” that the Court had fashioned in previous rulings regarding contraception regulations. (“Privacy” is not in the text of the Constitution.) They also ruled that the word “person” in the Constitution did not include a fetus.

The most important part to understand is the new law established that abortion must be permitted for any reason a woman chooses until the child becomes viable; after viability, an abortion must still be permitted if an abortion doctor deems the abortion necessary to protect a woman’s health, defined by the Court as “all factors — physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age — relevant to the well-being of the patient”.

The Court created a right to abort a child at any time, even past the point of viability, for “emotional” reasons. This gave abortion doctors the power to override any abortion restriction merely by claiming that there are “emotional” reasons for the abortion. The Supreme Court created an “absolute right to abortion” under which any abortion can be justified.

The abortion industries own research group (The Guttmacher Institute), conducted two major studies asking women why they chose abortion and their answers have remained basically the same:

Twenty-five percent, “not ready for a(nother) child/timing is wrong”;

Twenty-three percent, “can’t afford a baby now”’

Nineteen percent, “have completed my childbearing/have other people depending on me/children are grown”;

Eight percent, “don’t want to be a single mother/am having relationship problems”;

Seven percent, “don’t feel mature enough to raise a(nother) child/feel too young”,

Six percent, “other” (this category had no further explanation);

Four percent, “would interfere with education or career plans”;

Four percent, “physical problem with my health”;

Three percent, “possible problems affecting the health of the fetus”;

Minus 0.5 percent, “husband or partner wants me to have an abortion”;

Minus 0.5 percent, “parents want me to have an abortion”;

Minus 0.5 percent, “don’t want people to know I had sex or got pregnant”, and

Minus 0.5 percent “was a victim of rape”.

Seven percent was because of a health reason or a possible health problem with the baby, less than half a percent because of rape, and 92 percent purely elective — done on healthy women to end the lives of healthy children. Now you know the truth.

Michael Brown lives in Rockingham.

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A woman could be pregnant and not have a baby and nobody would know. Abortion does center on privacy, and the less privacy you allow a woman the deeper into the dark she may go.


Any background on the Court's decision should include the case of Sherri Finkbine, a TV personality. She became pregnant while taking sleeping pills that were found to cause severely deformed fetuses. As I recall, the Court's decision did not come down soon enough for her and she had to go out of the country for an abortion.

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