Abortion law was decided without factual evidence

Cradle My Heart Radio welcomes Clarke Forsythe at 9 pm ET

Clarke Forsythe

Clarke Forsythe

Have you ever heard or read that “abortion is safer than childbirth”?

Turns out that isn’t so, but it remains not only conventional wisdom, but the basis for the law of the land allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy.

That’s just one fascinating fact uncovered by Clarke Forsythe and reported in his 2013 book, Abuse of Discretion. He notes that the parties did not present evidence, there were no trials in the lower courts, the judges did not look at evidence, and there were no witnesses subject to cross-examination.

Forsythe has painstakingly combed through the papers of eight of the nine Supreme Court Justices who ruled on Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, the two laws which legalized abortion in the US in 1973. He examined everything from case files to personal papers, and his research brings to light the random and troubling history of the law.

Forsythe also points out how far outside the norm the US stands internationally. As the States in the US continue wrestling with the question of when abortion should be prohibited based on the child’s ability to survive outside the womb, America remains only one of four nations in the world to sanction abortion post-viability. We are in line with North Korea, China, and Canada on that score.

The reason this matters is that most women who find themselves considering abortion make the assumption that what is legal must be moral, must be safe and wouldn’t put them at undue risk. Those assumptions definitely played a part in my choice.

What can we do in the face of the evidence now that millions of women like me must wrestle with in dealing with the consequences?

Join us to hear Forsythe’s prescription to remedy the wrongs that made abortion a legal right.

From Clarke Forsythe’s bio:

Clarke Forsythe is currently Senior Counsel for AUL. His twenty-seven years of service to AUL includes founding and directing the AUL Project in Law & Bioethics, serving for six years as Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing our nationwide litigation and legislation strategy, and serving as President for ten years.

Forsythe has argued cases before federal and state courts and has testified before Congress and state legislatures. He is also a prolific writer on pro-life law issues, having published more than 15 law review articles and book chapters, as well as articles in First Things, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. Other leading newspapers that have published his articles or quoted him include The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Clarke blogs frequently on “The Road to Roe” at www.clarkeforsythe.net.

In 2006, Forsythe received an M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University.  Clarke has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College. He is the author of Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square, and Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of the Supreme Court’s Creation of the Right to Abortion.

Plan now to listen this Sunday and join us as we welcome Clarke Forsythe.

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