Posted by: Christine Johnson | January 21, 2008

Roe v. Wade and the Constitution of the United States of America

For the first time since we moved to Virginia, we are not attending the March for Life. I’m sad about this, but we just can’t afford it at the moment. (Next year!)

But, in our discussions about the presidential race, we have discussed various politicians’ stances on abortion. The girls chose this as the number one issue they wanted to know about. I told them that abortion was made legal, not by the president or by Congress (who is supposed to make the laws), but by the Supreme Court, who said that abortion was protected by the Constitution.

“Where in the Constitution does it say that?”

I smiled and said, “Let’s get our copy and the book I’ve got with all the amendments in it and see.”

After reading great portions of the Constitution and then all twenty-six amendments to it, the girls came to the conclusion that there is nothing in there that can be remotely construed as protecting the right to have an abortion. (“Remotely construed” would be my words. I believe their words were more like, “There’s nothing in there about abortion!”)

When was the last time you read the Constitution?

Christine


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