Trenton to Vote Monday on Resolution Commemorating the Supreme Court Ruling of Roe v. Wade
On Monday March 7th the Assembly Human Services Committee and Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee heard public testimonies before voting on ACR119/SCR78, a concurrent resolution that originally was worded to “celebrate” the Roe v. Wade decision, but because of public outcry the word was changed to “commemorates” women’s access to reproductive health care and recognizes the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. The resolution passed in both committees and is scheduled to be heard in both chambers this Monday, March 14th.
Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus, (R) made the following statement in opposition of ACR119/SCR78;
“Let’s be real. Roe v. Wade isn’t about women’s health care issues. To sit here and have the Legislature celebrate 58 million abortions since 1973 is abhorrent… If we looked, I think we would find far more women who regret having abortions and have a more difficult task finding women who regret choosing life.
“Our nation’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence, is clear: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
“By serving in this legislative body, we are representatives of the people and we govern with their consent. I take my duty seriously to protect the rights of all – born and unborn.”
Forty-three years ago, in the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade, seven non-elected justices made a single decision that continues to define federal abortion policy. Defended on the basis of ignorance, the majority opinion stated, “at this point in the development of man’s knowledge… [we cannot] resolve the difficult question of when life begins.”
New Jersey lawmakers should not be seeking to pass a concurrent resolution lacking any real purpose or intention for the good of New Jersey. Are there not more critical matters in Trenton that require the attention of our state representatives? We see this as a disillusioned attempt that further degrades the value of a human life, desensitizing New Jerseyans with twisted and blurred information. It is also demeaning to those women who have had an abortion and truly regret what they did. We do not need to be bringing Roe v. Wade up as a positive, because that is untrue.
Those proposing this resolution claim it is their goal to continue improving women’s health care…
- ACR119/SCR78 commemorates “access to women’s reproductive health care.”
- Medically proven, abortion is the deliberate destruction of life in the womb and to call it by any other name is a lie.
This resolution seeks to establish in New Jersey, special recognition honoring the Roe v. Wade decision; a decision that ultimately made it legal in the U.S. to eradicate millions of unborn babies, and then have the audacity to call it “women’s health care.” Regardless of position- pro-choice or pro-life; the abortion procedure is not a loosely defined political ideation that leaves room for interpretation. It is what it is. It’s appalling that anyone would suggest it’s a cause for celebration.
During Monday’s hearing Assemblywoman and primary sponsor of ACR119, Valerie Vainieri Huttle responded to the opposition with this statement,
“This is not a pro-abortion commemoration- because I think we all agree, we want to have abortions- rare, safe and legal… and I think those are the three words we need to address.”
Since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 there have been approximately 59 million babies aborted in the United States. On this, I think we can all agree- 59 million abortions in 43 years can hardly be considered rare.
I think we can safely assume there’s a universal acceptance that 59 million is not a number that can be squeezed in and identified as rare; thus nullifying 1/3 of Assemblywoman Huttle’s argument. Calling attention to three target words she used to explain the collective position supporting this resolution. One down, two to go.
We know they’re not rare; but aren’t they safe?
The abortion industry seems to have an ongoing reluctance to provide women with information, unless it aligns with their well-marketed, ‘ray-of-hope’ message – abortion is a simple, perfectly safe procedure, shinning its light along the path of women’s rights. It’s all a lie.
Abortion Practice is the most widely used textbook in the abortion industry; the book’s author, Dr. Warren Hern, has been known for decades as the most prominent abortionist in the country. Taken right from his textbook, he made the following remarks on the potential for uterine damage:
“In medical practice, there are few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in its potential hazard as abortion.22
It may be argued that each abortion, no matter how carefully performed, results in a contaminated uterine cavity.23”
Warren M. Hern. Abortion Practice (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1990), 101, 104.
The Planned Parenthood empire publicly dismisses the health risks associated with abortion, saying this right on their website:
“There are many myths about the risks of abortion. Here are the facts. Abortion does not cause breast cancer. Safe, uncomplicated abortion does not cause problems for future pregnancies such as birth defects, premature birth or low birth weight babies, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or infant death.”
If you’re willing to dig deep for a closer look at the evidence Planned Parenthood doesn’t want you to see, the medical data paints a very different picture. In fact, the truth is quite opposite.
It was heartbreaking to hear the testimonies at the hearing from women who have suffered so tremendously in the wake of an abortion. This resolution totally disregards and even fails to acknowledge the deeply held views of thousands upon thousands, perhaps even millions in NJ who oppose abortion. Having an abortion is a tragic decision that comes with much trauma and continued oppressive darkness for millions of women. How can they suggest that NJ citizens should memorialize and honor anything with the potential for this kind of damage?
“I live with guilt, that although my heart still beats, I stopped the heart of my own child.” -Testimony of a NJ woman at the hearing
I’ll end here, circling back to Assemblywoman Huttle’s response to the opposition of ACR119 during Monday’s hearing,
“we want to have abortions- rare, safe & legal…”
The bottom line, Abortion: Not rare, not safe, still legal. The culture is moving in our direction to becoming more pro-life, especially the younger generation. We must not give up the fight to defend the defenseless and be their voice while the still cannot speak. May God help us and may it be so!