Roe v. Wade turns 40: one man’s take on a woman’s issue

January 22, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the famous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision and the question needs to be asked: is this forward progress or convenient infanticide? No matter which side of the argument you are on one thing stands clear; we are affecting the future generations that will inhabit this world and I have to wonder if we haven’t “extracted” the next Henry David Thoreau, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein  or Seth MacFarlane. It must also be assumed that it is possible that we have taken an abortifacient and cured the world of the next Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden. Perhaps the ratio is equal, probably not.

This really isn’t an issue of homeostasis on the planet or population control. This is a humanities issue. This is a topic that will never be resolved in a peaceful manner because it lives in the shadowy crevices of science and ethics. Depending on socio-economic and/or religious background you could find yourself on either side of this debate, or worse, having no opinion at all. I say worse because, chances are, you have a female in your life that means something to you and they may come to you for advice or for comfort after the fact and if are going to be a friend worth keeping you better have something to say, right or wrong.

Being a male I would like to comfortably back away from this conversation altogether and leave it for the crowd with a uterus, but that’s just not responsible. If you have a voice it is your responsibility to use it for the benefit of humanity. This world and all the accomplishments in it have been because someone had the guts to voice an opinion. They stood up willing to be ridiculed, picked at and mocked. They proudly stated in open forums and in front of masses of people that which was too feared to be spoken. They risked disenfranchisement, scorn and even death to make sure humanity had a hearing. Where are all the voices and are they equally shared? Are they equally heard?

Are the humanists’ voices so easily discarded? Are those that might have been the next Martin Luther King laying in a trash can because someone decided they wanted a girl instead? You can be conservative or liberal, devout catholic or atheist, fundamentalist or anarchist and the result is the same; we are missing world changers. We are missing excavators of culture. We have omitted teachers of love and acceptance. We, as a culture, by ending pregnancies have cured the world of its most powerful presence, humanity. It would do us all well to look outward before looking inward.

Laddie DeRocco

Laddie DeRocco

Laddie DeRocco is the pastor of a baptist church in Georgia.