IF WOMBS HAD WINDOWS
By Tom Wacaster
I cannot remember the first time I heard the expression, “If wombs had windows, abortions would immediately cease.” Since the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, more than 45,000,000 babies have been aborted. The opponents of abortion have waged an unending battle with those who would undermine the sanctity of life. With increased medical technology comes the very real possibility that Roe vs. Wade will be overturned, and the nightmare of infanticide will end. Most of us have never taken the time to review the records of Roe vs. Wade, and were it not for a small reference to it in a book I am now reading, I may never have come across this little bit of information relative to this subject. But first, a little background...
In 1970, a pregnant woman in
On December 13, 1971, Counselor for
the defense, Sarah Weddington argued: “We feel that
because of the impact on the woman, this certainly, inasfar
(sic) as there are any rights which are fundamental, is a matter which is of
fundamental and basic concern to the woman involved that she should be allowed
to make the choice as to whether to continue or to terminate her
pregnancy.” Lawyers for the State of
Weddington: “The Court has in the past held that it is the right of the parents to determine whether or not they will send their child to private school; whether or not their children will be taught foreign languages; whether or not they will have offspring… So there is a great body of cases, decided by this Court, in the areas of marriage, sex, contraception, procreation, childbearing, and education, which says that there are certain things that are so much a part of the individual concern that they should be left to the determination of the individual. If the state could show that the fetus was a person under the Fourteenth Amendment, or under some other amendment or part of the Constitution, then...the state would have compelling interest, which in some instances can outweigh a fundamental right.”
Now, dear reader, did you catch that? If the state could show that the fetus was a person, then the state’s interest (in this case, protecting the right of the unborn child) would outweigh the “fundamental right” of the mother! The response of the Court to Weddington’s remark will become a crucial issue when the Supreme Court convenes this year to hear yet another case regarding abortion.
We will recap with the statements made by Sarah Weddington (counsel for “Jane Doe”).
Court to Weddington: “If it were established that an unborn fetus is a person; within the protection of the Fourteenth you would have an impossible case here, would you not?” To which Sarah Weddington admitted “I would have a very difficult case”
The Court to Flowers: “And the basic constitutional question, initially, is whether or not an unborn fetus is a person, isn’t it?”
Robert Flowers (lawyer for the
Court: “That’s critical to this case, is it not?”
Flowers: “Yes sir, it is… I think that here is exactly what we’re facing in this case: Is the life of this unborn fetus paramount over the woman’s right to determine whether or not she shall bear a child? This court has been diligent in protecting the rights of the minorities, and gentlemen, we say that this is a minority, a silent minority, the true silent minority. Who is speaking for these children? Where is the counsel for those unborn children, whose life is being taken? Where is the safeguard of the right to trial by jury? Are we to place this power in the hands of a mother, in a doctor? What would keep a legislator, under these grounds, from deciding who else might or might not be a human being, or might not be a person?”
With the medical technology now available it can be clearly established that from the point of conception there is sentient life in the womb. We can now look into the womb with cameras and sound equipment, and watch that precious infant as he/she breathes, moves, laughs and cries. Maybe 2007 will be the year that this horrible holocaust will come to an end. Maybe our prayers will be heard by God, and those men now sitting on the bench of the highest court in the land will realize, that life does begin at conception. Let us pray that those men will live up to their God-given responsibility, and pass down a decision that is in accord with God’s will. Oh yes, “If wombs had windows!”