Symposium: On the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade—INTRODUCTION E-mail

Anniversaries can be celebrations of happy events or of lives well lived. They can also commemorate tragic events, such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the attacks on the World Trade Center. The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, however, is an awful milestone to reach.

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It marks the advent of a Supreme Court decision that for nearly four decades has mocked justice and transgressed natural law—upending the founding principles of the American democracy and saddling the country with the shame of an unspeakably vast body count. As we stand up against Roe v. Wade on January 22, 2013—and every day—we remember and honor all the unborn innocents who were conceived as irreplaceable human beings and whose absence has made us incalculably poorer. We also honor all those—living and dead—who refused to accept the Roe decision and who have been fighting, steadfastly, these many years to restore protection to the unborn. What follows here is a chorus of many of these noble voices, reflecting on both past and present realities of our nation’s great moral struggle over abortion, and urging us on toward a future when Roe v. Wade will be overturned.