In an event likely to produce more heat than light, a committee of the New Hampshire legislature will on Thursday, February 14 — Valentine's Day, of all things — hold a public hearing on a resolution to "commemorate" the 40th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, issued January 22, 1973.
Regardless of whether it passes, the resolution will have no effect on the legal status of abortion, since by the usurped power exercised in that frequently challenged but never overturned Supreme Court decree, states are forbidden to interfere with a woman's "right" to terminate her pregnancy as a matter of private, personal "choice." The resolution merely rubs salt in a civic wound over which this nation has been agonizing for decades and over which it will likely agonize for years and decades to come. It is an "in your face" insult to the state's thousands of law-abiding citizens who are doing what they legally can to encourage respect for human life in all its forms and stages.
It says that the state of New Hampshire regards abortion not as a sad and cruel necessity in so-called hard cases involving a few unfortunate individuals, but considers the legalization of abortion, followed by an estimated 50 million or more aborted babies, a civic blessing and a cause for celebration. One can only imagine the horror with which sponsors of this resolution would react if supporters of the death penalty introduced a resolution commemorating one or more Supreme Court decisions upholding as constitutionally valid the legal execution of convicted murderers.
With roughly a third of New Hampshire's more than one million citizens claiming, with varying degrees of fidelity, an adherence to the Catholic faith, New Hampshire remains a mostly Protestant state, though its Catholic population is a greater percentage of the whole than is true for the nation at large.
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