On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court handed down two infamous court decisions. The first, Roe vs. Wade is quite well-known, however the companion case of Doe vs. Bolton is far less known. Every year since, hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates come to Washington, D.C. on this day to join in solidarity with their millions of brothers and sisters whose murder has been legalized by this most shameful and disgraceful of court rulings. Despite the massive crowds descending on the nation’s capital to protest the resulting legalization of the most violent forms of child abuse, the event is arguably the most peaceful of marches ever seen in the city. Such a stark contrast demonstrates the fundamental nature of the pro-life cause as a cause for peace, whereas in the words of Blessed Mother Teresa, “abortion is the ultimate destroyer of peace.”
As a natural-born citizen of the United States of America, there are truly many noble attributes of our country, its founding principles, and its heroes. However, I can scarcely find the words to describe the shame I feel every year that this unconscionable Supreme Court decision is left in place. The past 39 years since these crimes against humanity were forcibly legalized (in all 50 states throughout all 9 months of the child’s pre-born life) have been the darkest years in the history of the United States. Although many courageous leaders have and continue to work diligently for a reform of such violations of basic human rights, it is quite appalling to see the profound ignorance, the persistent apathy, widespread dishonesty surrounding this issue of induced abortion.
I also find it rather astounding that few in the medical profession, even among those specializing in women’s health are aware of the extreme nature of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions. For example, many mistakenly believe that Roe vs. Wade decision only legalized abortion in the first trimester (first 3 months) of pregnancy. Others believe that abortion is legal in the second trimester (the 4th–6th months) only to save the life of the mother. What so few people understand is that the combined court decisions mandated that abortion be legal throughout all nine months for any reason. The technical language of Roe vs. Wade states that individual states may regulate or limit abortions after 6 months of pregnancy, however such laws could in no way prohibit abortions that are supposedly done to preserve the life or health of the mother. Since there are rarely cases where a doctor would even claim that an abortion is necessary to save a woman’s life, the pro-abortion judges were careful to include an additional provision for the so-called “health” of the mother. Here lies the key point that is missed even by most ethics textbooks teaching the issue, and also where the little known companion case Doe vs Bolton comes in. Under what circumstances might an abortionist be able to defend the performing of late-term abortions justified in the name of the woman’s health? According to the Doe vs. Bolton decision, “health” is broadly defined to include “all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.” Thus, if a claim for emotional well-being is sufficient to justify any abortion, then all abortions were effectively ruled legal by judicial fiat. In other words, an abortion must now be allowed until the moment of birth for any reason whatsoever provided by the mother or the abortionist. Not surprisingly, such extremism in the name of legalized abortion on demand far exceeds the will of the people. Accordingly, very few Americans would ever support such pro-abortion fanaticism, and sadly fewer still are even aware that it currently exists as such. Let us hope that as more become aware of the existence of such inhuman laws, such unjust laws will be soon be extracted like the destructive cancer they truly are. I share this with you, my dear brethren and kin of Ireland in hope that you will be better prepared to prevent the same dishonest legal tactics from forcing a similar legalization of unrestricted death penalties against the pre-born children of your blessed nation.