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The Texas Abortion Law after Half a Century of Roe

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A mother, an anti-abortion rights advocate, stands with a newborn baby in front of Planned Parenthood at a rally in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., June 4, 2019. (REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant) Now is the time to build a culture of life and a civilization of love.

Like everyone under the age of 50, I was born after Roe v. Wade. It’s worth reflecting: If our parents knew what we’d experience in life and the mistakes we would make, would they have decided otherwise? Terrorist attacks. A global pandemic. And all our imperfections, which we can probably easily list — I sure can for myself. Would they have said: Let’s spare her and us? But what if they had lived under nearly half a century of legal abortion in a culture that is getting bolder about demanding assurance of security and lack of imperfections?

“Follow the science” has been one of the coronavirus-pandemic mantras. When it comes to abortion, the science is clear and has been for quite a bit now. In some pregnancies, sonograms begin the photo albums for the child. In other pregnancies, what the mother doesn’t get to see, the doctor uses to guide the ending of this early life. Abortion has been so successful in ending lives in America because of euphemisms and pressures. We look away. We don’t let young women see what is happening, what abortion is. Girls are told — sometimes by their mothers — that they are too young. That their lives will be miserable and never amount to anything if they embrace the motherhood that is already a part of who they are. That’s not how Mom puts it, of course, but all her hopes for her daughter are strangled by the fear of this new life disrupting plans. But do we ever want to be in the position where we are destroying life?

Shouldn’t we be embracing it, as we welcome every new spring with grateful expectation for the beauty to come — in amazement? There’s work to be done, but how can we help but to be

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