Overturn 'Roe v. Wade'

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The fruit of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion 41 years ago, is tears, tears and more tears.

For all the time my friends and I have spent in front of the local abortion centers, we have never seen a woman leave happy unless she was leaving after having decided to save her baby. I remember a post-abortive woman leaving and her boyfriend reaching out to hug her, and she brushed him away in disgust.

One time I was chatting with a grandmother seated in the car baby-sitting the two grandchildren while her daughter went in for the abortion. When I mentioned that 70 percent of women regret their abortions, she started crying and told me that she had had two abortions. She tried to warn her daughter of the deep heartache to come and not to make the same mistake she had, but her daughter would not listen. The tears flowed.

Another day, a woman was driving out of the parking lot after having a post-abortion follow-up visit. We started chatting and she burst into tears, saying that everyone had told her not to do it, but she did not listen. She deeply regretted her choice.

Coming down the sidewalk one day, heading toward Planned Parenthood, were four generations and the boyfriend – there was the teenage pregnant daughter, her mother, her grandmother and the boyfriend, all holding hands. You would have thought them on their way to a picnic. We started to chat, and at first the teen seemed to be changing her mind about the abortion, but then the boyfriend pulled her aside and headed in with her. Then the mom, apologizing, stated that it was the teen’s decision, and went inside. Then the grandmother stood there – crying. Four generations entered Planned Parenthood that cold January morning, but only three generations emerged.

Tears, regret, loss, depression, despair – sometimes these emotions are felt immediately, sometimes they come on the aborted baby’s due date or upon the arrival of a “planned” baby. Whenever they come, these deep emotional scars are the hidden toll of abortion.

With 56 million babies dead and their moms and dads emotionally wounded, isn’t it time to overturn Roe v. Wade?

Kathy Edry

Augusta

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avidreader
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avidreader 01/25/14 - 07:00 am
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With Admiration!

I admire your beliefs and your dedication to this extremely controversial topic. Personally, I'm one of those who straddles the fence and purposefully does not speak up about either point-of-view. However, I appreciate those who are willing to step up and be heard.

Good letter. Good luck in your endeavors.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/25/14 - 07:03 am
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do i not own my "own" body?

so why can't i sell a kidney from my body?
is a body within a body not a body?
were each of us not once a body within a body?
such a tragically beautiful line
"Four generations entered... but only three generations emerged"
was not a place already set at the table for that fourth generation?
should death be not so apportioned?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/25/14 - 08:55 am
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Tears come for many reasons

Abortion is not a pretty thing & neither is murder....

This past few months we have seen headline after headline of murdered babies/children...one was starved to death right here in Gwinnett county..the parents are on trial for that murder...another case the child was beaten to death by the step father..it seems this is not rare anymore...this is sad too..

I guess what I'm saying is this....why not put some of that concern & care for the living....adopt or foster a child in need...use your time & money to help a child STAY ALIVE....very few will change their mind about abortion.

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Bizkit 01/25/14 - 08:58 am
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Roe vs Wade and

Roe vs Wade and simultaneously Doe vs Bolton which overturned abortion law in Georgia. It's strange how the SCOTUS works-Roe vs Wade was a case about abortion but abortion wasn't the courts focus-it was the right to privacy. The ruling doesn't say abortions are legal-just the opposite that states can regulate the process (as they had in Georgia) but can't prevent a person's private abortion. "the Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women's health." The part about "protecting prenatal life" is the most odd and seems to be ignored.
So the court did not directly address whether abortions are really legal or moral just the State can regulate abortion and a person's privacy rights allows them to have an abortion. Weird. Now Doe vs Bolton directly prohibited a state from making abortions "illegal" but all these states wanting to regulate it have every right. Just like the SCOTUS on the ACA. The court ruled unanimously that the govt can't mandate insurance under the commerce clause, but the law is constitutional under the taxation powers. Weird. So they say the govt can't mandate it but allow them to do so under the guise of "tax"? That seems to overwrite the intent of commerce clause restrictions. Doe vs Bolton is the law the prohibits a state from making abortion illegal-Roe vs Wade was simultaneous and about right to privacy. So technically pro-lifers want to overturn Doe vs Bolton, because who doesn't want the right to privacy. Hope the court remembers this with all the govt spying.

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Bodhisattva 01/25/14 - 09:25 am
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Manage your own body and leave others alone!

When you mention 70 percent of women regret having an abortion you're giving these women a made up figure by some anti-choice group. Research shows 90% of women, (While they might have some negative feelings, it's a big decision between the woman, her family, and her doctor that you can bet she didn't enter into lightly.) It's so dang nice of you to stick your nose into their business with made up crap. As a matter of fact, the research shows that the women that have the most problems are the ones that run into people like you shoveling nonsense to them as they try to go about their own business. Just like the Crisis Pregnancy Centers run a bait and switch operation and fill poor suckers full of fake statistics and pseudoscience, it does more harm than good. Go find the woman who are in poverty, since the main reason women have abortion in the first place is that 69% are under 199% of the federal poverty level, and help them out. Bring them food, baby sit while they look for a job, if they need help brushing up on their studies help them, help them find some decent clothes for job hunting and with job hunting skills, or does interest fade once the baby is born? Are you in favor of cutting food stamps so they have less food? Cutting welfare, so even if they work for stingy multi-billionaires, like the Waltons and yet still qualify for assistance that gets cut? Fess up. Most on here don't give a tinker's d*** for the poor, put by God they'll dang sure want to change the law to "get the government off our backs" (and into women's uteri) to force them to carry an unwanted preganancy to term. Then to h*** with them. Let them starve and die. It's the "christian" thing to do.

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swcohen 01/25/14 - 09:29 am
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And what if you do?

Overturning Roe v Wade is not going to suddenly end all abortions in the US. All it will do is make it expensive and dangerous for poor women, while the wealthier and well-connected will simply fly off to a state that still allows it, or perhaps book a "rest-cure" in Europe. I remember the pre-Roe 1960s, we can have that kind of stratified society again if you want.

Less fortunate women will give birth to babies thay can't afford to care for, further taxing our public assistance programs. Conservatives aren't too keen on that. Or... Less fortunate women will have to rely on back-alley butchers, and they will die.

I'm not defending people who make stupid decisions, or think with their genitals. But condemning them to poverty or death is not compassion.

Better to keep abortion legal, where it will be safe, affordable, and one day, not a common procedure. Of course, we're going to have to talk to our children, tell 'em about those birds & bees. Give them the information and access to products that will cut way down on the accidental pregnance rate. We're going to have to realize that abstinence only education works every bit as well as talking to folks about dieting to lose weight... It does, but it requires a certain level of committment that most people lack.

Until we live in a civilization where every pregnancy is intended, every baby is wanted, and every new parent is capable of caring for the child, abortion will be an option that desperate women will turn to... whether legal or not.

But then, what do I know? I'm male.

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mrenee2003 01/25/14 - 10:02 am
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Bod

Could not have said it better myself. People harassing women in front of abortion clinics are not pro-life. If they were, they would be spending that time more constructively on the living. In addition, these are the same people that are responsible for the lack of comprehensive sex education in our schools, which has GA 10th and SC 11th in the nation in terms of teen pregnancy rates. Ms. Edry should look up the term "confirmation bias." That is when people have a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions. Furthermore, how does Ms. Edry know those unhappy looking women just got an abortion? She has no way of knowing as HIPAA laws would prevent PP from identifying who went there for an abortion. There are all kinds of reasons women leave PP looking unhappy, least of which is an abortion.

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mrenee2003 01/25/14 - 10:21 am
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Texas

Keep in mind the kinds of things that will happen if these people get their way. Keeping dead women alive on ventilators to serve as incubators for infants that will be born with severe cognitive and physical disabilities. Will Ms. Edry and her ilk be there to help?

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deestafford 01/25/14 - 10:26 am
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Some points based on the above comments...

Some points based on the above comments.

First, when a baby is conceived a life has been created and to stop that life is murder. Once conception has taken place it is no longer just that woman's life...it is now two lives.

If a woman, and the sperm donor, decide they want to have an abortion and terminate a life they should be forced to watch the ultrasound picture of the baby as it is being killed and sucked our of the womb as it is happening. Will that be traumatic? You better believe it, but it not as traumatic on them as it is on the baby.

Finally, when a woman spreads her legs for a man she should be responsible for the decision she has made as she does what "she wants to with her body." If she ends up creating a life, she and the sperm donor should be legally responsible for that life.

The crying and whining of the liberals are what caused the out of wedlock and illegitimate birthrate to sky rocket since 1950.

The liberals also continue to show compassion for the "poor" which they must love so much because their policies create so many of them.

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TrukinRanger 01/25/14 - 10:38 am
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No.. this needs to be left
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No.. this needs to be left alone... worry about your body and quit trying to regulate someone elses

ymnbde
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ymnbde 01/25/14 - 11:02 am
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geez, bod, that sentence you wrote

"Then to h*** with them. Let them starve and die. It's the "christian" thing to do."
i read a lot and i've seen similar sentences written about Jews and blacks and Indians and peasants and southerners and serfs and natives of Africa... thankfully we don't hold those who write such sentences in high esteem
thankfully we still don't
oh, wait, some do, i suppose
we all know you much better now

KSL
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KSL 01/25/14 - 11:15 am
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Conservatives need to move

Conservatives need to move away from this as a campaign issue. Overturning R v W is not going to happen.And if it did happen, it would not stop abortions, as swcohen stated.

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Bizkit 01/25/14 - 11:39 am
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Why doesn't the DOJ say it's

Why doesn't the DOJ say it's discriminatory because more poor black and hispanics have abortions than whites-that seems to be the argument they are making elsewhere with public schools and the criminal system? I agree KSL the Stupid Party needs to get some sense and drop this abortion issue. And the argument that pro-lifers are anti-birth control only applies to catholics-protestants don't have a problem with it mostly. So I guess the Dems want to kill more poor black and hispanic babies? That is the demagoguing we usually see from the left with gun control so it seems fair to play the same game. hee,hee. Mind you I support abortions but the arguments supporting abortion as some woman'r right is nonsense. It is the right of the physician to perform an abortion and not a form of birth control. We have a problem with underage abortions (somebody is a sex predator but that doesn't seem to be an issue a crime was committed to knock up an underage girl) and later in life they often have problems when they want to have a family. I would think the law would apply to legal mature women and a child would have to have parental consent-since the state treats it as a crime to have underage sex.

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Bizkit 01/25/14 - 11:44 am
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You can knock Texas all you

You can knock Texas all you want for their effort to "regulate abortion" as is their constitutional right, but don't say anything if people knock states that support gay marriage. It goes both ways. Why not let States make their sovereign decisions as constitutionally empowered? A state wants gay marriage, fine, a state want to strictly regulate abortions, then fine.

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Darby 01/25/14 - 12:04 pm
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We need to accept the fact that Roe is established law

and even though it was brought about by a legal challenge based on a lie (later recanted) it is not going away.

The way to greatly reduce abortions is to bring our children up with high morals and to stop glorifying casual sex.

Abortions were once rare, due to the moral imperative most people had ingrained into their character.

It's NEVER going to happen through legislation. That train has long ago left the station.

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KSL 01/25/14 - 12:23 pm
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biz

That would allow people to move where they approve. State's rights . MOVE WHERE YOU APPROVE. No unions. Want to be in a union. Don't live there. Go where the unions are.

Heck, the gov of ny has just told conservatives to do that.

KSL
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KSL 01/25/14 - 12:09 pm
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Small letters when they

Small letters when they should have been caps, on purpose.

KSL
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KSL 01/25/14 - 12:19 pm
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The Feds have been allowed to

The Feds have been allowed to take way too much power. And Obama has utulized that to the hilt. And he has done it, building on Bush and presidents before, condemning them to get elected, but taking it to new heights right in front of his ignorant supporters.

Check out his power to impose martial law, passed Dec 19, 2013.

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bigj706 01/25/14 - 01:20 pm
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Well said Seenit! I'm looking

Well said Seenit! I'm looking to adopt myself one day in the future. It's plenty of children who could use a nice home out there. It takes one child at a time to change our future for the better. I encourage everyone to step up to the plate!

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seenitB4 01/25/14 - 01:31 pm
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Thanks bigj706 & ksl

You are right on ksl....we will never stop abortions...I agree with your post..

"Conservatives need to move away from this as a campaign issue. Overturning R v W is not going to happen.And if it did happen, it would not stop abortions, as swcohen stated."

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justthefacts 01/25/14 - 02:09 pm
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OK

Can someone show me where in the Republican platform it stated that Romney would push for the overturn of R vs W? Show me where any Republican President proposed it? Thanks.

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dichotomy 01/25/14 - 02:13 pm
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Roe v. Wade is never going to

Roe v. Wade is never going to be overturned. I don't like abortions and I don't think anyone has one for the fun of it. But they are legal, established law and what we do NOT need is a bunch of busybodies stalking women who have already made a difficult, traumatic decision and trying to lay another guilt trip on them and their families on their way in the door of the clinic. I have never seen one of these abortion protestors offering to personally adopt the baby or provide 18 years of financial support.

Yes, I know it is a deeply rooted religious issue with many. But quite frankly it is none of your business. It is between the woman, her doctor, and her family if she wishes to consult with them. There are quite a few religious zealots out there that do not believe in doctors, surgery, blood transfusion, etc. How would you like to run a gauntlet of busybody religious nuts on the way in to get your heart transplant.

I am a conservative and generally vote Republican but I sure wish conservatives would give up on this issue and move on to issues on which they could possibly have some impact. The courts have decided. It's over. Over half of the country supports the right to have an abortion. Quit making reasonable people afraid to vote for a conservative.

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OJP 01/25/14 - 03:09 pm
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@Bodhisattva

Great comment. I'd like to add that the same people who are against abortion and against feeding children born into poverty are also against contraception.

No contraception + no abortion + no help in raising a child = completely irrational and impractical. And the answer is not "don't have sex". We're human beings. Sex is going to happen.

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seenitB4 01/25/14 - 03:19 pm
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THANK YOU DICHOTOMY!!!

Quit making reasonable people afraid to vote for a conservative.

That is one of the best posts I have seen on here..

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justthefacts 01/25/14 - 04:01 pm
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busybodies?

OK, fine. Now that most everyone has had their say, should we run this past the people most effected? You know, the babies.

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teaparty 01/25/14 - 05:08 pm
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"No contraception + no
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"No contraception + no abortion + no help in raising a child = completely irrational and impractical."
OJP, most conservatives do not oppose helping a child what we oppose is supporting the worthless deadbeat parents. The children should be taken away from the worthless deadbeats. I noticed you did NOT mention anything about personal responsibility but then I am not surprised.

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KSL 01/25/14 - 05:30 pm
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Dichotomy

I agree with seenit. Great post.

Note, the Republicans who have been elected President steered clear of the subject. The party keeps talking about it, shooting itself and its candidates in their feet.

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KSL 01/25/14 - 05:33 pm
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jtf

Since I have never experienced a memory from being in my mother's womb, I am pretty sure I would not have cared.

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harley_52 01/25/14 - 06:59 pm
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My Opinion Is....

...that Conservatives should be clear and forthright on their opposition to the slaughter of unborn children AND their recognition that is currently the law of the land.

I don't know of any recent candidate who said he would overturn it if elected. I think it's a bad idea to run against it, but it's also a bad idea to NOT make clear your philosophical and moral objection to the slaughter of innocent human life.

I think it's mainly the supporters of abortion who insist the Republicans "shut up" about it and I disagree that most Americans now support it. The pendulum has swung the other way, I believe.

Eventually Roe V. Wade WILL be overturned and God will forget neither what we have done, nor who did it. Legality is not the same thing as morality, or obedience to God's Commandments.

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