It was only a matter of time before Roe v. Wade’s faulty reasoning was overturned. In 1973, the Court invented an alleged constitutional right to abortion out of thin air, and anyone without a political ax to grind knew it. One branch of the federal government, the courts, co-opted the abortion issue from the legislative and executive branches, leaving the American people no real say on the matter. That’s a tragedy, because the abortion debate has never been about a surgical procedure or whether women have access to healthcare. Rather, it’s a debate over who counts as a member of the human family. Does each and every human being have an equal right to life or do only some have it? For the first time since 1973, the American people will have a meaningful say on that question.
The Supreme Court has done its job by restoring balance to the three branches of government; now, pro-life citizens must do theirs by persuading their fellow citizens to legally protect unborn humans. They must convince their communities that according to the best scientific evidence and philosophical reasoning, abortion intentionally takes innocent human lives. Defending the innocent against injustice is not unreasonable, nor is it hateful. It’s mandatory for anyone who truly cares about human rights.
The post-Roe world will be challenging. The hour calls for pro-life Christians to move from attitudinal opposition to behavioral opposition to abortion. We will be hated for it. We may even lose friends and jobs. But apathy in the face of child sacrifice is not an option for biblically grounded Christians. We must love our unborn neighbors and their mothers, whatever the cost. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.