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In the Shadows of Roe | January 12, 2012

Worse than Pearl Harbor, January 22, 1973 is a day that has lived in infamy for 39 years.

With the 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that effectively established the alleged unlimited right to an abortion through all nine months of a woman’s pregnancy, it is fitting to explore some of the basic components of that decision so that we may be able to explain, convince and change the hearts and minds of many who tend toward the choice side of the equation.

I Roe v. Wade— the Court decided that a right to privacy under the due process clause in the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state’s two legitimate interests for regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting the woman’s health.

Saying that these state interests become stronger over the course of a pregnancy, the Court resolved this balancing test by tying state regulation of abortion to the woman’s current trimester of pregnancy

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She just wants to live like everyone else

(This was never actually the case and the subsequent history of the decision exposed its faulty premise.)  

II Penumbra—One of the most important aspects of the Roe decision was the way it stretched the Justices’ logic beyond all creditable belief.   The opinion, written by Justice Harry Blackmun, declares that abortion is a “fundamental right” under the U.S. Constitution and substantive due process under the 14th Amendment.

Writing for the 7-2 Court, Justice Blackmun found this is a fundamental right under the “penumbra” of the right to privacy.

Nowhere in the amendment does the word abortion or anything akin to it appear.

Blackmun said he “discovered” this inalienable right to terminate a pregnancy is in the penumbra of privacy rights protected by substantive due process.

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50 million have died in the shadows of Roe

What or where is the penumbra that jeopardized the lives of virtually every unwanted unborn child in America?

It resides in the darkest shadows that Justice Blackmun saw emanating from the 14th amendment.

In other words, he created a “right” for all women that has served as a death sentence for over 50 million unborn babies since 1973.

As a result the unborn have as many rights as Nazi German’s Untermenschen and the ante-bellum South’s black chattel had. 

III Norma McCorvey— In June 1969, Norma L. McCorvey discovered she was pregnant with her third child.

She returned to Dallas, where friends advised her to assert falsely that she had been raped, as she could then obtain a legal abortion (with the understanding that Texas‘ anti-abortion laws allowed abortion in the cases of rape and incest).

However, this scheme failed, as there was no police report documenting the false rape.

She told Congress in 1998 after she had joined the prolife movement that it was my pseudonym, Jane Roe, which had been used to create the “right” to abortion out of legal thin air.

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Another woman duped by the radical feminists

But her lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee never told McCorvey that what she had signed would allow women to come up to me 15, 20 years later and say, Thank you for allowing me to have my five or six abortions.

Weddington never mentioned women using abortions as a form of birth control either.

McCorvey’s daughter was born well before the decision was ever decided. 

IV Doe v. Bolton— Doe was decided on the same day as Roe.

In a very real sense it is more important that the much-more well-known Roe decision.

The Georgia law in question permitted abortion only in cases of rape, severe fetal deformity, or the possibility of severe or fatal injury to the mother.

Other restrictions included the requirement that the procedure be approved in writing by three physicians and by a special committee of the staff of the hospital where the abortion was to be performed.

In addition, only Georgia residents could receive abortions under this statutory scheme: non-residents could not have an abortion in Georgia under any circumstances.

The plaintiff, a pregnant woman who was given the pseudonym “Mary Doe” in court papers to protect her identity, sued Arthur K. Bolton, then the Attorney General of Georgia, as the official responsible for enforcing the law.

The anonymous plaintiff has since been identified as Sandra Cano, a 22-year-old mother of three who was nine weeks pregnant at the time the lawsuit was filed. Cano, like McCorvey joined the prolife side of the aisle.

More important than Roe

She loudly complained that her attorney, Margie Pitts Hames, lied to her in order to have a plaintiff. Doe v. Bolton stated that a woman could obtain an abortion after viability, if necessary to protect her health.

The Court defined health as follows:

Whether, in the words of the Georgia statute, ‘an abortion is necessary’ is a professional judgment that the Georgia physician will be called upon to make routinely. This is effect, over-rode Roe’s trimester limitations right up until the exact moment of the child’s birth.

Practically this meant for whatever reason the woman determined.

V Right to Choose— The person who created this slogan should be in the Abortion Hall of Fame.

Abortion-rights advocates have persuasively argued that whether or not to continue with a pregnancy is an inviolable personal choice, as it involves a woman’s body, personal health, and future.

They believe that both parents’ and children’s lives are better when abortions are legal, thus preventing women from going to desperate lengths to obtain illegal abortions.

More broadly, abortion-rights advocates frame their beliefs in terms of individual liberty, reproductive freedom, and reproductive rights.

Abortion-rights individuals rarely consider themselves “pro-abortion,” because they consider abortion an issue of bodily autonomy, and find forced abortion to be as legally and morally indefensible as the outlawing of abortion.

But the truth of the matter that none of them ever encourage a woman to keep her baby because it would hurt their cause.

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Abortion is a terrible choice for both victims

Radical feminists hold up coat-hangers and back-alley abortion, as the symbols of their movement.

Years later this lie of 10,000 female deaths from the so-called back alley abortion, which really is a misnomer.  Most illegal abortions took place inside an office, clinic or a hospital.which was another falsehood.

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928, the death rate from illegal abortion was less than 50 a year. 

VI Partial Birth Abortion–— the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 is a United States law prohibiting a form of late-term abortion that the Act calls “partial-birth abortion.”

The procedure described in the statute is usually used in the second trimester, from 15 to 36 weeks.

It is often referred to in medical literature as intact dilation and extraction. In reality the baby is nearly delivered.

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A tame illustration of a barbaric act

With his/her head still partly in the birth canal, scissors are used to penetrate the back of the neck and skull.

A vacuum tube is inserted and the baby’s brain is extracted from its head, collapsing the skull.  The dead newborn than is delivered.

This horrific practice was performed on an average of 2500 times a year in the United States and has served as ghastly proof of the evils inherent in this choice.

On a similar note, I was taken back by an article on Republican candidate, Rick Santorum, who over the course of his Congressional career was a untiring voice for the unborn.

With reason and logic on his side he made his pro-abortion colleagues quivers before his very words.

He once asked ow fellow Senators, Democrats Frank Lautenberg and former Senator Russ Feingold who opposed his proposed ban on Partial Birth Abortion if the baby slipped out of the birth canal before the doctor could stick his scissors in her neck, could the born baby still be killed because that was the mother’s choice?

Neither would say no.

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All home births

In 1999 during a debate with Senator Barbara Boxer of California, Santorum asked her:  Would you agree that once the child is born, separated  from the mother, that the child is protected by the Constitution and cannot be killed?

Boxer responded: I think when you bring the baby home…

 So I guess according to this senator life really begins at home.




  1. You’re right, Bill. None of it makes any sense and we are killing our children. That’s why I have for, lo, these many years gotten on that damn bus to go to DC to March for Life. I am going, yet again, this year. If anyone wants to come, call me, I’m in the book.

    God bless,

    Jeff Stoll

    Comment by Jeff — January 12, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

  2. Never did understand the grounds for abortion being

    What else will be legalized on the grounds of privacy?

    Could incest including pedophilia be legalized on the grounds of privacy? How about spousal abuse?

    The legalization of abortion was a sham from day 1.

    Why didn’t the American people know it was being
    debated until it was a done deal???

    Today much is happening in DC that American citizens
    are unaware of – the media has kept us in the dark
    for decades!!!

    Thanks to pro-family organizations like Eagle Forum, the Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation, and the Constitutional Coalition some of us are well informed.

    Come to the Educational Policy Conference 23 in St.
    Louis from Jan. 26-28 to learn the truth about what
    this administration has in store for you. The Conference is sponsored by the Constitutional
    Coalition and will be held at the Frontenac Hilton.


    Comment by M. F. — January 12, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

  3. It raises the contraception question again: which is the lesser evil?
    It amazes me that clergy sowing their wild oats are against using it, leaving the body of the woman desecrated, in not a few instances paying for the procuring of the abortion.

    Comment by L. Newington — January 12, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

    • Dear Lynn:

      That might have been true 45 years ago when the BC pills merely prevented conception. From what understand most of the pills in use today have a higher level of progesterone and actually don’t prevent conception but implantation. The other side knows that and they want to define the beginning of life at implantation because they know that these pills are acting as abortion pills.

      Comment by bbprof — January 12, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

  4. Thank you BB, you are so right.
    50 million murders” of our most defenseless citizens.
    and we thought the Nazis and Communists are bad.

    Comment by Jim — January 12, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

  5. Lynn,

    Read Humanae Vitae. Get familiar with John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. There is so much more to consider than simply avoiding pregnancy. This wonderful Catholic Church of ours understands and appreciates sex.

    God bless,


    Comment by Jeff — January 12, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    • Sorry Jeff, but thats the statistics.
      I myself am not familiar with the pill, and this wonderful Catholic Church of ours is full of contradictions so we’re told, in Australia anyway.
      Maybe so we don’t expect too much.

      Comment by L. Newington — January 13, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  6. I have protested for 39 years and prayed also. Will God have mercy on us? On the world as it is also worldwide ? I think not. Prepare spiritually .

    Comment by Mary B — January 13, 2012 @ 3:39 am

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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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