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Lucia Silecchia, professor, law, published commentary in Crux on the legacy of Roe. v. Wade. She also published an op-ed in Washington Examiner on the Supreme Court’s treatment of abortion cases.
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The Legacy of Roe v. Wade extends beyond abortion

From: Crux 
Date: Jan. 22, 2017
Author: Lucia Silecchia


When it began in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, the March for Life turned the nation’s conscience toward the particular horror of abortion and the taking of human life that it entails. The four decades since have seen millions of deaths from abortion in the United States alone.
In each of those deaths, the world lost a unique and irreplaceable person.
Unfortunately, the loss of those lives to abortion is not the only casualty of Roe. Rather, the callous acceptance of - and, in some quarters, celebration of - the right to abortion has also planted the seeds for a broader disrespect for vulnerable human life.

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On abortion, the Supreme Court can no longer remain on the periphery

From: The Washington Examiner
Date: Jan. 26, 2017
Author: Lucia Silecchia


Every January since Roe v. Wade, the March for Life has come to Washington, turning public attention to the millions of irreplaceable, unrepeatable lives lost in Roe's wake.


This year's March takes place at a unique historic moment: seven months to the day after the Supreme Court's decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt struck down a Texas statute that would have held abortion facilities to the health and safety standards governing other ambulatory surgery centers. The case was brought by some of the abortionists who perform Texas's 60,000 – 72,000 annual abortions. They disingenuously purported to defend women's interests when, in reality, their "right" to operate profitable, cheaper centers was at stake.

What was particularly shocking about Whole Woman's Health is that, unlike all other landmark abortion cases, the majority opinion included no language that noted any interest in the life of the child in the womb. To see the Supreme Court address abortion without even giving lip service to the value of infant life was shocking. This is why the March for Life is as critically important today as it has ever been.

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