If you have a moment, please read the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and try to figure out where it says women have a “constitutional right to kill their unborn babies.”

It’s there, if you believe the 1973 Supreme Court “Roe v. Wade” ruling. See “a woman’s right to privacy,” although it’s not written in precisely that language.

It’s encompassed in this language: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

A dubious interpretation by the court? A judicial attempt to make, not interpret, constitutional law? Yeah, you bet, but the effect was immediate; the ruling effectively overturned the laws in 46 states that had outright bans on abortion and severe restrictions on it in the other four states.

Indeed, to hear the “pro-choice” organizations tell the story, women have always had a “constitutional right” to murder their unborn babies for any reason besides just rape (which is so rare it is barely calculable) — be it wrong gender, lack of readiness or unwillingness to be a parent, or plain irresponsibility.

Generations of American kids have grown up with this lie and now actually believe that the Constitution says, “Thou shalt have the right to murder unborn babies at will if thou so choose.”

Part of this lie has been perpetuated with the help of slick marketing by groups who have been complicit in the murder of millions of Americans in the 27-plus years since this high-court decision.

According to Roe v. Wade.org, a website dedicated to dissemination of the truth about abortion and dispelling the myths and lies surrounding this volatile issue, many so-called facts still used today to justify opposing any effort to overturn Roe are facts that, shall we say, “never were.”

“Prior to Roe, pro-choicers were fond of saying that nearly a million women every year obtained illegal abortions performed with rusty coat hangers in back-alleys that resulted in thousands of fatalities,” writes Dr. Frank Beckwith, an associate professor of philosophy, culture and law, and W. Howard Hoffman, Scholar at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University, in California.

“Given the gravity of the issue at hand, it would go beyond the duty of kindness to call such claims an exaggeration, because several well-attested facts establish that the pro-choice movement was simply lying,” Beckwith said.

“First, Dr. Bernard Nathanson — who was one of the original leaders of the American pro-abortion movement and co-founder of N.A.R.A.L. (National Abortion Rights Action League), and who has since become pro-life — admits that he and others in the abortion rights movement intentionally fabricated the number of women who allegedly died as a result of illegal abortions,” Beckwith wrote.

The Trinity professor quotes Nathanson from his 1979 book, “Aborting America,” about how many deaths supposedly occurred when abortion was illegal: “In N.A.R.A.L. we generally emphasized the drama of the individual case, not the mass statistics, but when we spoke of the latter it was always ‘5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year.’ I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the ‘morality’ of the revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics. The overriding concern was to get the laws eliminated, and anything within reason which had to be done was permissible.”

Do you feel cheated? Dirty? Ashamed? Abortion supporters should feel these emotions. Most don’t and won’t, however.

Instead, groups like NARAL, whose smarmy television commercials are hypocritically bathed in patriotic music and vitriol, will continue to foist the big lie that constitutionally speaking, women “have a right to choose” death for their unborn babies.

Ironically, many of the same leftist abortion rights supporters who have found so much solace and comfort in the 1973 Supreme Court ruling didn’t find as much to cheer about when the high court ruled last December to end the ridiculous and illegal recounts ordered by Florida justices to the benefit and delight of former Vice President Al Gore.

Back then, some of these same pro-abortion supporters chastised the high court, claiming it had “no controlling legal authority” to make such a ruling in “a matter that was obviously better suited for state courts.”

Yet, in 1973, that’s just what an activist U.S. Supreme Court did — made up, out of whole cloth, a “constitutional right” to abortion and, in doing so, snuffed out abortion bans in all 50 states.

Pro-abortion supporters and their leftist allies in Congress are simply petrified that President Bush will move to appoint so-called “conservative extremist” justices to the high court during his tenure. I say simple appointments of jurists who know and understand the Constitution would be good enough — to hell with their political beliefs.

If that were to actually happen, I am confident that justices would recognize this fact: When a human male sperm fertilizes a female egg there is only one result, if left to mature for nine months: A live, human baby. Such a recognition would permanently remove this bogus argument that somehow, some way the Constitution “grants a right to an abortion.”

Even current and former abortion supporters have admitted lying about that.

At the very least, the Supreme Court ought to revise its 1973 ruling to only include federal property, but leave — as Gore supporters insisted upon last month — the states free (as in the 10th Amendment) to pass their own laws permitting or outlawing this horrendous procedure. That would be “constitutional.”

If the Bush administration and the court itself are looking for a compromise, I just gave you one most people will be able to live with.

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