However, on January 22nd, 1973, an American "Kristallnacht" of sorts for unborn babies occured, unleashing a real holocaust which eclipses by far the official Jewish version. And this holocaust has long since shattered the "six million" barrier; according to statistics from the National Right To Life website combined with extrapolation as explained on the Voice Of Deseret blog, the total number of victims is now approaching 50 million.
That American "Kristallnacht" is called Roe v. Wade, where seven justices of the United States Supreme Court decided that abortion should be legalized in all 50 states. Click HERE to access the arguments. Ironically, the original plaintiff that case, Norma McCorvey, has recanted her previous testimony and has informed us that the entire case was built on a bogus premise. By the way, it might be of interest to know that McCorvey has just endorsed Ron Paul for President.
And a local Alaska pro-life activist has weighed in on this subject. In a column entitled "Women Must Be Protected Against Forced Abortions", published on January 22nd, 2008 by the Anchorage Daily News, Debbie Joslin, who heads up Eagle Forum Alaska (which maintains a close working relationship with the Alaska Family Council), explains how Roe v. Wade didn't merely permit women to have abortions on demand, regardless of medical necessity, but has put women in a position where they have been pressured by others to have abortions. Joslin cites five specific examples of women victimized by violence by boyfriends of lovers because they didn't want to have abortions.
But what's particularly noteworthy is that Debbie Joslin cites her own experience. It turns out she's the Norma McCorvey of Alaska. Joslin herself had an elective abortion in 1976. Here's the excerpt from the column describing the experience and the subsequent effects upon her:
As a mother and a woman who once made the choice to abort my baby, I know women want a better choice. In 1976, I exercised the right the Supreme Court had handed me, and I aborted my unborn child. I did not want an abortion. But like many women, I felt that I too had no choice. I had no husband, no family I could go to, and no crisis pregnancy center. My boyfriend heard there was a place called Planned Parenthood where we could rid ourselves of a problem. I did what was expected of me. I was not forced. But like millions of other women, I hoped to the last that someone would offer me another choice. It never came and so I ended a life, my own child's life. I found that abortion didn't offer me reproductive freedom. It brought destruction, pain and regret and it robbed me of my child. The promises that abortion offered were a lie.
Debbie Joslin cites other statistics to support her contention that women are increasingly arm-twisted to have abortion. She points out that homicide is the No. 1 cause of death in pregnant women today. Three out of four women killed are in their first 20 weeks of pregnancy. And for each woman killed, thousands have been physically assaulted or subjected to verbal or physical abuse in order to force them into abortion. In a survey of women who had abortions, 64 percent said they felt pressured by others to abort.
Alaska's lawmakers are not sitting on their hands waiting for federal action. On January 21st, the state House Judiciary Committee voted to ban a controversial abortion procedure known as partial birth. The House measure, HB301, is designed to comply with a federal law passed by Congress in 2003 that only allows a partial-birth abortion when the mother's life is in danger. Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom (R-Eagle River) explained the decision as follows, "I feel there's other alternatives. If the baby is far enough along they can perform a Caesarian section and that baby can be kept alive".
And how do Alaska's federal lawmakers grade out? National Right To Life keeps score on federal lawmakers, Senate and House, and here's how they've graded our federal lawmakers on selected votes of interest to them:
Ted Stevens (R-AK) - 50%
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - 50%
Don Young (R-AK-AL) - 71%
While Don Young seems like a solid defender of unborn life, the commitments by Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski seem equivocal at best. Furthermore, all of Ted Stevens' actual or prospective opponents, except for Ted Gianoutsos, would end up with far worse ratings, as would all of Don Young's prospective opponents except for Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Kodiak). Something to keep in mind before venting your spleen on Stevens and Young at the ballot box.
National Right to Life has issued a statement on this unhappy anniversary decrying 35 years of death and destruction. Those of you who are pro-life and fly American flags outside your personal homes or businesses ought to consider lowering your flags to half-staff in commemoration of the 50 million victims of America's Holocaust Against The Unborn. Roe v. Wade is a relic of barbarism that must be expunged.