Forty one years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court, affirmed the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Our constitution which begins with the Preamble; “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
How can we claim justice? Justice which is defined as the concept of moral rightness based ethics, natural law, religion, equity and fairness, as well as taking into account the inalienable and inborn rights of all human beings and citizens, the right of all people and individuals to equal protection before the law of their civil rights, without discrimination.
How can the Constitution exist for our Posterity (which is defined as the offspring or future generations of one progenitor) when aforementioned offspring can be aborted?
How can an immigrant come to America and in giving birth produce a naturalized citizen, yet we do not defend a conceived fetus’ right to life? Section 5 of the 14th Amendment guarantees that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of the law”. If Congress would legislate that unborn children are persons legal protection would be restored for the unborn.
Over the years the U.S. has made restitution to the Native American’s for taking their land. Programs have been instituted to right the wrongs of past racism towards minorities. But how many years must legalized abortion exist before we see the error of our way and how can we possibly make restitution to wholly restore society? Those infants were unwanted, exterminated, and disrespectfully discarded. I wonder how history will depict this dark and abstruse era we continue to endure.
Jane Roe, was the legal pseudonym for the plaintiff Norma McCorvey. In 1997 she converted to Christianity, dedicated herself to pro-life work, starting her own ministry, “Roe No More” and penned her autobiography entitled; Won by Love. In her book she stated she was relatively ignorant of the facts of her own case, and claimed her attorneys used her for their own agenda. She described herself as “their most willing dupe.”
Personally I was a preteen when abortion was legalized and remember all the rhetoric. I knew my religious beliefs but scientist were attempting to mock fetus viability and as a kid I tended to believe the media, scientists, doctors and other “so called professionals” before my parents. As a young girl I doubted the government would legalize something that was immoral. After all murder is both immoral and illegal, even driving through a red light is illegal, so surely abortion would not be legalized if it were detrimental to society. However, sadly I have learned that government is ran by people and people don’t always get it right. Sometimes money and/or sex triumphs over justice.
In 2003 Norma McCorvey went to court attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade. However her case was dismissed by the Fifth Circuit appeals court. She has twice testified before Congress regarding the injustices of abortion and the deceit underlying Roe v. Wade.
Abortions can leave emotional scars for many women, as well as the, “would be fathers” that never had a voice in the elimination of their offspring. Many church supported programs exist to help those cope and heal, such as www.hopeafterabortion.org, www.fatherhoodforever.org, and www.rachelsvineyard.org.
Sunday the Versailles Eagles has breakfast from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The beneficiaries are the Tiger Bowlers who will also hold a raffle for a 42 inch flat screen television or an IPad (winner’s choice).
Mark your calendar to attend a Valentine’s Dance at the VFW Hall on Sat., Feb. 15. Open to the public, music by DJ Dan Smith. For tickets call Tim at 526-3515 or Roger at 526-4960.
Congratulations to the wrestling teams, bowling teams, basketball teams, swim teams and Kyle Dieringer who celebrated his 100th career win in wrestling.
Happy birthday to Johnny Mader (94), Vera Pleiman, Tony Luthman, Lil Bruns, Mary Lou Unger, Sue Christian, Steve Monnin, Carly Bolin, Lynn Drees, Nicholas Bohman, Barbara Rethlake, Tony Baltes, Jill Siegel, Mike Magoteaux, Tammy Berger, Kathy Gehret, Alex Kelch, Eli Oliver, Rachael Schlater, Amy Dirksen, Gerry Drees, and Connie Klenke. Happy 23rd anniversary to Sonja and Barney Francis and Norma and Tom Magoto celebrating their 65th.
Hello to June Albers, Gene Richard, Georgia Hartzell, Barb Condon, Gene Richard, Fr. Dave Vincent, Samantha and Mike Smith, Ginger Gehret, Charlie Keihl, Lester Kueterman, Ramon Nickol, Bob Dircksen, Dan Monnin, Theresa Thobe, and Charlie Broering.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Phyllis Shiveley, Denny Copeland, Betty Kremer, Rosemary Paulus, Dave Spillers, Teresa Ann Borchers, Lynn Gerling, Linda Meyer, Alex Cordonnier, Jennifer Platfoot, Vaughn Wakefield, Betty Pothast, Kyle Ahrens, Jacob Wenning, Smoke Smith, Karen Lawrence, Janice Schellhase, Marlene Schulze, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Terry Black, Rob Quinter, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman, Claire Thomas and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Thelma Barga, Gary Meyer, and Hugo Schlarman. Also remembering the lives of Kenny Todd, Phyllis Collins, Lucille Marshall, Gene Yohey, Marie Raterman, Norma Reed, Harry Brown, Ronald Laughman, Sue Keihl, Ryan Luthman, Dorie Baltes, Ed Bruns, Frances Rhoades, and Mary Ecabert as the anniversary of their passing approaches.
“The right to life is the first among human rights.” ~Pope Francis
“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” ~Ronald Reagan
“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” ~Abraham Lincoln
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.