Roe vs. Wade... Impacting Disability

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2013
  • 89 Comments
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Forty years ago when the US Supreme Court legalized abortion, people assumed it was only a private matter for women alone. But not so. The Roe vs. Wade decision has had a devastating impact on Americans with disabilities. To explain this, I recorded a video for the Americans United for Life Legal Conference recently held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. Take a moment and watch this video which details how dismantling the rights of an unborn child has impacted newborns with disabilities, people in comas, the uninsured, and the elderly – then please, share it with your Facebook friends!

 

 
 

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God Bless you Joni on your work in this area. God has used you for so many precious years. How can anyone say, it is not a life worth living.
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 10:05 a.m.
  • Susan Jones
Thank you, Joni. Well put! May God continue to use you for His glory!
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 9:32 a.m.
  • +Carolyn Flor
Thank you Joni, I so agree with what have to say. There are times I will see something or a picture of an unborn child and it is speaking against abortion I will repost it on FB in hopes that just maybe it will touch the lives of those that have had or are contemplating on having an abortion. Hoping just maybe it will make them think again and save the life of their baby, this tiny little human being that it is. This tiny little human being does not have a voice of its own yet. I don't know that it does help or make them think twice about it but I pray maybe it will and if it does then it was well worth the picture and the post. If they don't want their child I know that God has a home for the child out there. Their are people out there that can't have a child of their own and would love to adopt that child.
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 9:04 a.m.
  • Melanie Griffith
Wow! I'm a teen about to enter college and I struggle with trying to encourage my friends not to end unplanned pregnancies or get into bad situations. My mom has a copy of your book about when you were young. I am an advanced reader. I read your book when I was 9 or 10, that was my first experience with thinking outside of a "perfect" body- I didn't even have my glasses yet. It was one of the most inspirational books I have read, and I'm still impressed that someone with struggles worlds more complicated that mine can be a role Noel for all of us. Life is great :) a few of my friends battle depression and I'm sending one of them your book. Thank you for advocating life--- too many use media power or activism against it. It's shameful.
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 8:45 a.m.
  • Katy A.
What a video! No one could have explained the ramnifications of Roe vs. Wade any better than a disabled person, such as Joni Erickson Tata. This is well worth watching.
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 8:40 a.m.
  • Leslie Cummings
Joni, I wholeheartedly agree with what you said. But, I decided to comment because of something my daughter said. She's 4 years old and walked into the room just as the video ended. She looked at your picture and said "She's beautiful." She saw a pretty lady, not a disability. I hope that encourages you today. Jesus love you Joni!
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 8:31 a.m.
  • Crystal Alan
THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING MANY THINGS ..SOME DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ROE VS WADE CAME INTO THE WORLD. I BELIEVE EVERY ACTION THEIR IS ANOTHER ACTION THAT CAN BE MADE. WHEN GOD CREATED US HE DIDNT SAY WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KILL A PERSON JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE SICK, WEAK, OR SMALL. HE SAID WE WERE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS HE LOVES US, TO CARE FOR THE SICK, AND THAT IS WHAT I TRY TO DO ALL THE TIME. I GAVE BIRTH TO 6 CHILDREN, AND WAS GIVEN THE CHOICE TO ABORT MY LAST CHILD, BUT WITH THE LOVE OF GOD AND FAMILY I MADE THE CORRECT DECISION AND SHE IS NOW 34 AND GAVE ME TO BEAUTIFUL GRANDAUGHTERS..SHE NAMED THEM PROMISE AND HEAVEN, SEE WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE....YOUR STORY WAS WONDERFUL IN LETTING ME KNOW WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.....DARLENE
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 8:01 a.m.
  • darlene jones
Thank you, Joni - you are a remarkable woman and I applaud you for your stamina and words. God bless you and keep you safe. I am a strong advocate for the Right to Life, and do support this cause. We are all put on this earth for a reason, and only God knows that.
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 7:54 a.m.
  • MaryLou Barrett
I remember back when Roe V. Wade went into effect learningin sociology class that this would lead to euthanasia or assisted death. I remember thinking that it couldn't happen. As the years have gone by, I've seen it happening and being accepted little by little to the point that it is more acceptable to "assist" someone to die than it is to keep them alive. God Bless you Joni! You are such an inspration!
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 6:59 a.m.
  • Rebecca Falls
Yes, life IS worth the living. I appreciate the reference to Psalm 82 in the video. Thanks Joni for your life of encouragement.
  • Feb. 22, 2013
  • 6:59 a.m.
  • Mary Wood
 
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