It is not an overstatement to say that January 22, 1973 was a tragic day for our nation.
That was the day the United State Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade and nationalized the killing of children in the womb through the practice of abortion. Since then, over 60 million lives have been lost to abortion—not to mention the countless lives that were affected by the loss of a son, daughter, sister, or brother.
The remembrance of this day requires solemn observance as we remember these millions of Americans whose lives were snuffed out before they even had a chance to be born. This year, over a hundred thousand pro-lifers gathered in the nation’s Capital for the March for Life to remember these lives.
But in the New York State legislature, there was an uproarious celebration. Why?
On the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the New York State Senate voted 38 to 24 to pass the Reproductive Health Act into law—a law that codifies the Roe decision into state law.
But it goes much further than that. The new law, signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, greatly expands the availability of late-term abortion. Previously the law had limited abortion to up to 24 weeks. Proponents of the bill say this “decriminalizes” a woman’s “choice” to have an abortion. But the grim reality is that abortion—the killing of a child in the womb—is now legal in many instances up until birth in the State of New York.
Science shows us definitively that life begins at conception. Even further, advances in technology have enabled babies born as young as 22-weeks old to survive outside the womb. To allow the killing of a child up until the moment of birth is not just barbaric and evil—it is anti-science.
But this, according to many in the State Capital in Albany, was a reason to celebrate. Applause filled the Senate chamber as the bill passed. Governor Andrew Cuomo even had the One World Trade Center in New York City lit up in pink to mark the occasion.
The One World Trade Center was a landmark built to remember the thousands of American lives lost on September 11, 2001. The idea of lighting up the sky with this landmark to celebrate a law that will, no doubt, lead to the deaths of countless of New Yorkers is sickening.
One cannot help but think of the words from Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”