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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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.