Right to Life of Michigan: 36 years of abortion suffocates hope

Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Nearly 36 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two rulings which legalized abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy. The rulings, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, have suffocated hope of mothers by not allowing society to offer real options, but only the unwanted choice of abortion.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "Thirty-six years of abortion on demand are obvious signs that our government officials, including President-elect Barack Obama, have failed women and their children. Precious and irreplaceable unborn children have died because abortion has been sold to women as a solution to untimely pregnancies. Because of abortion, women are left during an unplanned pregnancy with no choice and no hope."

Thirty-six years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court enshrined abortion as a "right." These decisions have led to the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children. Our society will never know the enormous toll this immense loss of life has taken on our nation and on our families. Abortion for many suffocates hope.

More than three decades of abortion on demand have allowed our government and society to fail in their duty to provide life-affirming alternatives to mothers in crisis. We have failed by not providing hope. Women do not desire abortion; yet every year more than a million women put themselves through this procedure because no other options seemed viable. Abortion can only seem plausible when giving birth seems impossible. Abortion relies on a lack of hope for the future.

Local Right to Life of Michigan affiliates work to reach out to women in need and have planned numerous events to commemorate the 36th memorial of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton on January 22. In the 36 years since these two U.S. Supreme Court decisions were handed down, about 50 million Americans have been denied their right to life.

Visit Right to Life of Michigan's web site at www.rtl.org to learn about the numerous planned activities in Michigan. These events will include thousands of people throughout the state and hundreds of others who will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Right to Life of Michigan is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization of diverse and caring people united to peacefully protect the precious gift of human life from fertilization to natural death. For those in need, help is only a free call away 1-800-57-WOMAN.


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