Today a day of mourning for children killed by abortion

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Charlie Butts (

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, and it's been set aside as a day of mourning throughout the country by many organizations.

One of the organizations is the Pro-Life Action League, and Eric Scheidler is the executive director. 

Scheidler, Eric (Pro-Life Action League)"We're doing a project called Blessed Are They Who Mourn, inspired by our Lord's promise that those who mourn would be blessed, be comforted," he tells OneNewsNow. "This is in recognition of the unfathomable loss of over 55 million lives lost to abortion since the Supreme Court stripped away unborn children's right to life."

A day of mourning is one way to make sure children lost through abortion are not forgotten, he argues. A list of memorial sites where mourning will take place is on the Pro-Life Action League website. Scheidler says it is important too to continue a presence every day at abortion clinics.

"Nothing drives home the horror of abortion, the irrevocability of abortion, the destruction of abortion more than seeing a woman go into an abortion clinic and come out a few hours later, wounded and with her child now dead," Schidler notes.

Scheidler says Satan wants people to forget about the children and the many mothers whose lives are scarred by abortion. He adds: "When we pray about their lives, we acknowledge that value."

A tough 40 years for abortion industry

Wysong, Charlie (American Rights Coalition)According to Charlie Wysong of the American Rights Coalition, which has been keeping the stats since 1991, only 12 percent of the counties in the country still house an abortion facility.

"The number has dropped drastically from over 2,000 abortion clinics to about 660," the spokesman reports. "In other words, 70 percent of the abortion clinics in this country have closed ... 1,500 of them have closed in the last 22 years."

In 1986, the Coalition began an abortion malpractice effort based on the philosophy that abortion may be legal, but malpractice is not. As a result, the organization has filed lawsuits against abortionists for botched procedures, and pro-life counselors on the sidewalks have convinced many women to let their babies live. Wysong tells OneNewsNow the number of abortions is declining.

Still, abortion proponents today are celebrating legalization of abortion.

"They'll be celebrating abortion as the greatest movement in human freedom, and we then can be celebrating the fact that 1,500 abortion clinics have closed in the last 22 years," the pro-lifer offers. "And I think we ought to rain on their abortion parade."

The annual "March for Life" will be Friday (see earlier story).

The 'other' abortion case

The principals in both cases that led to the legalization of abortion in the United States want it reversed.

Roe v. Wade, heard by the Supreme Court 40 years ago, is the case usually cited in discussions about the legalization of abortion. Its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, was heard by the high court on the same day. Doe v. Bolton was filed on behalf of Sandra Cano, who tells OneNewsNow she was upset for years because her name was used.

"That's not me. I've never believed in abortion; never had one. The thought never even crossed my mind because that's just something we don't think about," she states. "That's a gift of life that God has entrusted us with, and we don't take an unborn's life for convenience."

Cano says the affidavit used as a legal document in the case carried her name and a signature -- but the signature was a forgery. She was able to search federal archives in Atlanta and was horrified with content associated with her.

"Everything in there was lies, fraud, and deceit," she says, "and yet when you're not aware of what's going on how can you say, Hey, this is not true? It was done behind my back unknowingly, but this is what was happening."

Her attorney is Alan Parker of Texas Justice Foundation, who is seeking to overturn the ruling, with the blessing of Sandra Cano.

Norma McCorvey, the principal in Roe v. Wade, who is now a Christian and pro-life, wants that decision overturned.

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