It is that time of year again, January 22, the anniversary of the decision of Roe v Wade and the annual March for Life in Washington DC. In 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that getting/having an abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny. If you want to know more about the case The Oyez Project has a cliff notes version of it Wikipedia and other site also have a bunch of information on it.
The annual pro-life gathering is taking place in Washington DC and sure there will be a counter gathering with pro-choice supporters and they will clash at some point. Let’s keep all of those who are Marching today in our prayers It is a very civil rally they start at the National Mall and march up to the steps of the Supreme Court. The ultimate goal of the March for Life is to overturn Roe v Wade and cut back on the number of abortions that happen in the United States. They expect to have a large crowd many traveling for miles to get to Washington for the March, and it takes place no matter the weather. The March is typically not a news worthy event or it’s a little story that is briefly mentioned, but today is the day when we think about what is life, when it begins and who deserves it.
It is a far nuanced issue and it means more to some people than others. Sure I could call my self pro-life or pro-choice but I think that the terms are talking about two different things. I understand that many pro choice individual are advocate for abortion and a woman right to choose what happens to their bodies. You can also look at the issue as being that women and men have to make a choice about having sex in the first place so everyone should be pro choice. If they are responsible enough with this step that would stop most of the unwanted children wouldn’t it? The pro-life individual says that life begins as conception, but then there is the conversation about masturbation that needs to take place. Should individuals who spill their seed be able to call themselves pro-life? If we are talking about life then we also need to include the elderly and imprisoned as well since don’t they also deserve to live.