Among the oft-used rhetoric of pro-abortion circles is the argument that outlawing the killing of unborn children will not change much, and that the entire practice will continue in the “underground.” Personally, I loathe this term, which I associate with the heroic deeds of Poles during the German and Soviet occupations. However, remaining on the topic of abortion, the argument of the left must be considered misplaced. This is confirmed, among other things, by the situation in the US after the precedent of Roe vs. Wade was overturned.
What does it look like in practice? Data on Texas shows that previously several thousand unborn children were killed there every month. In contrast, after the law signed by Catholic Governor Greg Abbott, which completely banned the killing of unborn children except to save the life of the mother, went into effect, only 1 abortion was performed. In addition, 67 cases took place during the three-day period when the court temporarily undermined the law protecting life. The above figures come from a publication by the Texas Health and Welfare Commission, which examined the decline in prenatal murders since the life-protecting law went into effect.
Equally noteworthy is the situation in Florida, where decisions by state authorities have led to significant improvements in the protection of the lives of unborn children. Just months before the precedent of Roe vs. Wade was withdrawn, in February 2022, Republicans in the state House of Representatives passed legislation banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The law is widely respected, as evidenced, for example, by a high-profile case in August 2022, when a Florida judge ruled that a pregnant 16-year-old who sought an abortion could not have one because she was not mature enough. The court gave the teenager more time to gain a deeper “understanding of the consequences of terminating a pregnancy.” The improved protection of life is thanks in part to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Catholic.
In July 2022, the first month in which the precedent of Roe vs. Wade ceased to apply, the number of abortions in Texas was 68. This compares with 4879 murders of unborn children in the corresponding period, July 2021. Significantly, of these 68 abortions, only one was performed citing an exception to save the mother’s life.
The remaining 67 were probably committed by the abortion business when a liberal Harris County judge tried to block the protection of human life and halted implementation of the law for three days, LifeNews pointed out. Rebecca Parma of Texas Right to Life also commented on the situation. According to her, the data from July shows the success of the recently introduced pro-life legislation.
Selective abortion is no longer legal in the state of Texas, and lives are being saved at unprecedented levels. However, we must remain vigilant at all times. The abortion industry will use every possible opportunity, legal or otherwise, to continue its war against unborn children,” the pro-life activist assessed.
The decline in killings of unborn children is made possible by the overturning of the 1973 US Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which led to the legalization of abortion on demand in the US. In 1992, however, the Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling was handed down, affirming and strengthening those regulations. In June, the Supreme Court decided to reverse the precedent. The fact that the majority of judges are conservatives, appointed by Donald Trump, among others, made a huge difference. Thus, a unique opportunity arose to provide better protection for the lives of unborn children in the US. Fortunately, it was seized.
Such developments have sent pro-abortion radicals in the United States into a frenzy. The media repeatedly reported on the intimidation of people and the vandalizing of church buildings. Pro-abortion activists also protested in a vulgar manner in front of the Supreme Court headquarters. Their aggressive behavior shocked public opinion in the US. However, the whole situation proves that years of courageous actions by judges, politicians and pro-life activists are producing concrete results.
The pressure makes sense and is capable of leading to positive changes in legislation. States such as Texas and Florida are good examples of this.
Pawel Zdziarski, Editor
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