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Misconception Monday: Abortion Is Legal

  • Ryan Phillips
  • 03/15/2021


Misconception: You can't oppose abortion because it is the law of the land.

Ever since the infamous decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973, defenders of abortion have cited this court case as a reason for abortion. “Abortion is legal!”, and “It is the law of the land!”, they recite in response to those who oppose it. After all, if something is legal, then how could anyone possibly oppose it?

However, something being legal does not necessarily mean it is ethical, right, or moral. History is replete with examples of discrimination, violence, and horror perpetuated under the guise of things that were legal at the time.

Slavery was legal in the United States until it was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but its effects continued to linger for generations afterward, as segregation continued to be legalized up until the Civil Right Act of 1964. Women were discriminated against and not allowed to vote for over 70 years until the 19th Amendment was passed. Likewise, just because it is currently legal to tear a baby apart limb-from-limb in the womb does not change the fact that it is a moral atrocity that should be stopped.

And like the unethical racial laws of yesteryear, laws change. The Roe v. Wade case was passed on dubious legal grounds and could someday be undone. The very legality of abortion itself is confusing and inconsistent.

The Unborn Victims of Violence Act recognizes an embryo or fetus in utero as a legal victim if they are injured or killed during the commission of a crime. This law defines "child in utero" as "a member of the species Homo sapiens, at any stage of development,” thus putting it in direct contradiction with the idea perpetuated by Roe v. Wade that it is just a clump of cells with no value for a woman to do with as she pleases.

The bottom line: every unborn innocent human life has intrinsic value that should not depend upon any decision made by a court.


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