four times more likely to be low-income than married-couple families. Risks to children raised by a parent who is cohabiting are summarized in this article.
7. With sex decoupled from marriage and the responsibility owed a spouse and children, we have become a sex-obsessed country. Pornography, entertainment media and magazines promote fornication. Two-thirds of young adult men view pornography at least once week. Viewing pornography undermines one’s ability to sustain an intimate relationship with a partner, makes marriage seem confining and less desirable, and it can become addictive. But don’t take my word for it, read this.
8. In the 1960s, an estimated two million unwed mothers surrendered their babies for adoption. More recently, however, infertile childless couples are likely to be on a long waiting list to adopt a shrinking number of US infants. The US “Department of Health and Human Services estimates that only 14,000 infants were ‘voluntarily’ surrendered in 2003.“ As a result, many couples have paid exorbitant sums to adopt kids from overseas. But international adoptions have plummeted since 2004 due mainly to restrictions imposed by foreign governments. In 2004, there were 22,991 international adoptions by US couples. In 2013, there were only 7,092.
9. IVF, destructive embryo research and embryonic stem cell research have wide support, despite the loss of human life involved, because Roe denied fundamental human rights to human embryos and fetuses. If a doctor is allowed to cut off and remove parts of a viable unborn child weeks before birth (and then sell the child’s organs to researchers), one can hardly complain when researchers manipulate and destroy week-old human embryos and harvest their stem cells for (highly speculative) research.
10. The Roe decision undermined the American system of government (federalism and the separation of powers) and its founding principles — the sanctity of life, the equal dignity of all and impartial justice — making the will of nine Justices, rather than the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The decision represents an abdication of the government’s duty to defend the vulnerable and innocent. It goes without saying that there is no "privacy right to abortion" in the Constitution. Although a former president of Planned Parenthood, Gloria Feldt, spoke of Roe as securing for women "the basic human right to make their own childbearing choices [read abort a child] — a right as intrinsic as the right to breathe and to walk, to work and to think, to speak our truths, to thrive, to learn, and to love" few would agree that being able to abort a child is as necessary and intrinsic as breathing, thinking and speaking. Six justices of the Supreme Court (White, Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy and O’Connor) have stated that Roe is not grounded in the Constitution. Virtually every constitutional scholar who has written an article or book on Roe has strongly criticized the decision. Yale Law School Professor John Hart Ely, for example, wrote that "Roe is bad because it is bad constitutional law, or rather because it is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be." The Court intentionally ignored the undisputed scientific evidence that a new human life comes into being at conception, stating "We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins." And rather than attempting to base its decision on a constitutional principle, the Court instead describes the hardships of "maternity, or additional offspring" which "may force upon the woman a distressful life and future. … Mental and physical health may be taxed by childcare. There is also the distress, for all concerned, associated with the unwanted child, and there is the problem of bringing a child into a family already unable, psychologically and otherwise, to care for it." But these pretexts apply equally to already born children to the age of 18. Does that not justify abortion through the 54th trimester? And one doesn’t have to be a "person" to enjoy the protection of the law. We punish people who abuse animals and, in Florida, men have been fined and jailed for removing a sea turtle egg from its nest, whether or not the unhatched sea turtle is viable or even deceased at the time it was moved.
And that’s why we must continue to (1) pass laws restricting the Roe abortion license, (2) educate the public on the reality of abortion and the harm it causes women, children, men and society, (3) reach more women to help them choose life-affirming alternatives to abortion, (4) vote wisely for pro-life candidates, with special attention to U.S. Senators and a President who’d be disposed to nominate and confirm the necessary 5th vote on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe and, above all, (5) pray daily for pregnant women at risk and their vulnerable unborn children, for all those who minister to them in pregnancy resource centers, for women and men who are suffering in the aftermath of abortion, for everyone involved in the abortion industry and for wise and good public servants.
is a senior writer for Aleteia’s English-language edition.