A Dream Unfulfilled
Roe v. Wade has played a big role in the devastation of the African-American community.
Minorities would be disproportionately affected by FOCA, because studies show they are more likely to seek abortions under conditions often restricted by current law. These restrictions include waiting periods, parental involvement laws for adolescents seeking abortions and laws limiting tax-payer funding of abortions.
A century and a half ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott case that African Americans have no rights under the Constitution. Barack Obama's election would seem to put the final nail in the coffin of that evil philosophy. With its Roe decision, however, the court again wrongly declared that some Americans are entitled to no constitutional rights and can be destroyed at the discretion of others. Sadly, that evil philosophy will be given new hope under President Obama.
The battle for equal rights has reached a major milestone. But Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of full equality will remain just a dream as long as unborn children are denied the right to life, the most fundamental right of all.
Star Parker is president of CURE, the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education. Gary Bauer is president of American Values and chairman of Campaign for Working Families.