We are approaching the tenth anniversary of the Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision. Some still look at this as a day to celebrate a woman’s right to choose and women’s rights. Many of us however, mourn the loss of about 1.5 million human lives each year.
In 1973, when the Supreme Court made the original decision, when life begins was a debatable question. Since then, with the advances in DNA and gene research, almost everyone understands that human life begins at conception. When the sperm and the egg unite, a living human being is formed. The zygote is living by the scientific definition of life, human because the DNA of this being is undeniably human and a being that is distinct, different from the mother.
This last point is important because one of the arguments for abortion rights is that a woman should be able to do what she wants with her own body. The zygote is not part of her body, just contained within it. A woman should have the right to decide whether or not to become pregnant, but once she is, the new living human being has the right to life.
One of the unintended consequences of this decision, is a major factor why we are in the economic mess we are. If those babies that were aborted from 1973 through 1993 were allowed to live, there would be about thirty million more adults paying into social security. There would be about thirty million more adults paying taxes. There would be about thirty million more adults buying houses, cars, clothes and other
items. There would be another thirty million Americans from infancy to twenty years old consuming goods and services.
If all these people were allowed to live, maybe the deficit would have been a lot smaller, maybe Medicare and social security would not be having the financial problems that they are. Maybe there would be economic growth. Just maybe, allowing abortions was not only a poor decision morally, but also a poor decision for the welfare of this country.
That is something to think about.
James E. Cassidy