Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court oral arguments in Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), and Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 (1973). (Actually the first round of arguments, though they didn’t know that at the time. The re-arguments in Roe and Doe (second round) were presented on October 11, 1972. […]
I was very sorry to hear of Tom Donnelly’s death last Monday. I have missed my conversations with Tom since I last talked with him last June. Tom Donnelly was an urbane gentleman, accomplished lawyer, wise counselor, and careful financial steward. He often took the long view of organizational development and demanded frank analysis. His […]
The number of state and federal laws providing legal recognition of and protection for the unborn child has grown substantially in recent decades, despite the Roe v. Wade decision. That’s because the Roe decision was focused on abortion and did not address the states’ capacity to legally protect the unborn child, as a human being, […]
One of the consequences of Roe v. Wade was a public health vacuum that has not been filled for 37 years. The Court created the vacuum by eliminating the abortion laws of all 50 states, and then empowered abortionists to sue to prevent public health laws that would fill the vacuum. The continuing impact of […]
By Clarke D. Forsythe
The political claim—that women were or will be prosecuted or jailed under abortion laws—has been made so frequently by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and NOW over the past 40 years that it has become an urban legend. It shows the astonishing power of contemporary media to make a complete falsehood into a truism.
For 30 years, abortion advocates have claimed—without any evidence and contrary to the well-documented practice of ALL 50 states—that women were jailed before Roe and would be jailed if Roe falls (or if state abortion prohibitions are reinstated).
This claim rests on not one but two falsehoods:
Testimony in Opposition to House Bill 6205 Before the House Human Services Committee Clarke Forsythe, Esq., Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life (AUL) Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Thank you for the opportunity to submit this testimony in opposition to House Bill 6205. Summary Drafted in the context of federal constitutional abortion law, and following the […]
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that a Los Angeles man, Joshua Woodward, has been arrested for the intentional homicide of his unborn child. As public comments on the case posted to the online Chronicle story show, this kind of prosecution provokes public confusion. Here are some answers to questions not addressed in the Chronicle‘s […]
Last year before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Barack Obama told pro-abortion activists: “The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” With a single stroke of the pen, Barack Obama would wipe away virtually every state law on abortion nationwide. Instantly, it will undo thirty-seven years of legal work, […]
Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience . . . Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes . . . freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, […]
The 3d Circuit’s decision on September 21 in Anspach v. City of Philadelphia is a tragic and unfortunate ruling that further undermines parental rights to consent to the health care of their children. The traditional rule, in virtually all 50 states, is that no doctor can touch a child without parental CONSENT (not just NOTICE), […]