Now, as it seems the SCOTUS is poised to reconsider Roe, things have changed. Decades of division of the rightness or wrongness of abortion have not given way to an overpowering consensus on the matter. We are as conflicted as we ever were over abortion. But what has changed and what might give us some hope is that the science has changed. It cannot tell us what is moral or immoral but it can give us clues to the life growing in the womb. The technology of the ultrasound so new to the 1970s has become absolutely normal, reliable, and trustworthy. With those machines we have discovered that what lies in the womb is not some faceless clump of cells but the image of a child startlingly real to a culture that wanted it to be fake. Now we take those ultrasound pictures and pass them around with all the photos of childhood. The fetus has become a child to us -- even to the promoters of abortion -- and it has changed things profoundly.
Viability of the fetus outside the womb has changed dramatically. The smallest of infants have survived their delivery from the safety of the womb into a world they were not quite ready for. If the court had the science of today perhaps the abortion decision might have been different. I do not know. But I know that the science that we love has changed the way that baby in the womb has been seen. So the Supremes will have to choose either to listen to science and adjust their decision or change it entirely OR they will have to admit that science does not matter to this morality call. It will be day of decision for more than the court -- for America.
I can only lament for those children killed simply for being children. I can only hope that this scourge across our national identity will come to an end and we will admit that we were wrong as a nation -- just as the Supreme Court was wrong, to decide a question of life on the basis of privacy and convenience. Until that happens, we are left with this open wound that divides us as a nation and remains a conflict for religion, politics, and ethics. Pray, brothers and sisters, that it comes to an end sooner and we rediscover a bit of our humanity, perhaps prompted by the changing science that forced us to see the face of a child in the womb of his mother.