No One was Clapping
I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that abortion was now legal. It was 1973, and I was a senior in high school. The entire student body was seated in the auditorium for a school function when they announced over the intercom that the U.S. Supreme Court had just legalized abortion.
I didn’t have any idea why the Roe v. Wade decision was broadcast at our public high school as it disrupted our gathering. I only knew that it was a big deal. But no one was clapping. No one was high-fiving anyone. In fact, the proclamation was followed by a long, uncomfortable silence. This was an evil announcement, and you could feel it.
I was seated next to a friend who had attended Catholic grade school with me. We didn’t even look at each other when we heard the announcement. It was that unpleasant.
At that time, abortion was legal in some states. As the announcement was made, I looked at the most popular senior couple sitting next to each other a few seats in front of me. He was the quarterback on the football team, and she was his cute girlfriend. Rumors had been circulating that she had just had an abortion. I watched their reaction to this news. Neither one of them moved. They kept their heads down and didn’t talk to each other or anyone around them.
Our family belonged to the local Catholic Church and a meeting was held following the Supreme Court decision. I was at that meeting with my mom. It was a legal decision that no one could wrap their heads around. The priest and nuns tried their best to educate everyone on what had happened, but it was inconceivable that a woman could legally kill her unborn child.
Yet people settled themselves into that evil very quickly, just due to the fact that it was now “legal.”
In 1973, no one could have imagined that 48 years later more than 60,000,000 babies would be killed.
If people had known that millions of babies would be killed by abortion, would that have stopped a single person from getting an abortion? No. Because Roe v. Wade made it all okay. And that is why this egregious Supreme Court decision must be overturned.