Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision on abortion. In a presidential election year and the midst of a heated Republican primary, President Obama and several GOP candidates weighed in on the decision which has sparked arguably the biggest wedge issue in American politics.
“We must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” the President said in a statement. ”I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. ”
Republican presidential candidate and outspoken pro-life advocate Rick Santorum has a different opinion. In a Sunday editorial within the Wall Street Journal, the former Pennsylvania senator wrote that the only way to overturn the now four decade old decision is to elect a president committed to defending life and appointing originalist judges.
“I believe that all life is precious. I know life begins at conception. I know that every person, every child conceived in the womb, has a right to life. I know that life is a right endowed by our Creator, that it is inalienable, laid down in the Declaration of Independence, and should be guaranteed under the Constitution. The right to life is the first right. Without its protection, no other rights matter.
This anniversary is both a day of sadness for the more than 40 million babies who have been killed since Roe v. Wade and a day of hope as more and more Americans embrace a culture of life and as more and more young people march in Washington and around the country in support of life.
The 14th Amendment states explicitly: ‘No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’
The Constitution is clear. The meaning is inconvenient.”
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