What would America look like today without abortion?
Besides the obviously larger population, conservative columnist Star Parker wrote over the weekend about how legalized abortion has changed the very fabric of America and what we hold dear:
Since Roe v. Wade, we’ve given birth to a new materialistic culture of narcissism where reverence for life itself is gone. Life has become a commodity, and people use each other as cavalierly as they destroy innocent young life.
As our reverence for life has diminished, so has our reverence for the institutions that surround and support it.
Scholars at the Brookings Institution observed in 1996 that Roe v. Wade contributed to the collapse of marriage and the dramatic increase in out-of-wedlock births. The idea that children were part of a sacred institution called marriage started disappearing.
The sense of honor, the sense of shame disappears in this culture of self.
In 1965, seven years before Roe v. Wade, less then 10 percent of American babies were born to unwed mothers – 24 percent to unwed black women and 3.1percent to unwed white women. As of 2010, this was up to 41 percent of our babies born to unwed mothers – 73 percent among black women and 29 percent among white women.
Sixty percent of our out-of-wedlock births are to women in their 20s.