The making of a maelstrom: Roe v. Wade

The Guam Legislature Building is seen here filled with mostly young women after marching from Paseo Stadium in Hagåtña during the “Rally for Life” on Jan. 28, 2018, protesting abortion near the time of the anniversary date of the decision in the United States Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade. (USY Photo / Gabriel Guerrero and Donna Patindol)


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By Louie Gombar
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

What significant events made Jan. 22 different from any other day? It turns out there are numerous events, some stellar, some mundane, that emblazen the day with occurrences that render them worthy of admiration or condemnation.

The internet website “On This Day” abounds with them — 189 to be exact.

In 1507, on Jan. 22, the first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrived at the Vatican. In 1905, a major historical event took place when a radical priest, Father Giorgi Gapon organized a protest and marched to the Czar’s Winter Palace in St. Petersburg in Russia. Imperial soldiers opened fire on the peasants killing hundreds and creating what is known as Bloody Sunday. The list goes on and on.

However, there is one day that stands above all in infamy. On Jan. 22, 1973, seven out of nine judges of the Warren Burger Supreme Court scribbled their signatures of approval on landmark legislation that effectively turned America into a new kind of killing field.

““Roe v. Wade” was born and is still with us today, 45 years later. It legalized abortion under the protection of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Under the guise of providing sexual healthcare for women, “Roe v. Wade” has itself become a monstrous machine of death that has made it legal to butcher 60 million babies, or fetuses depending upon your moral perceptive, since 1973.

Genetics has confirmed that the human embryo is indeed human and has been so since conception. Think of that number for a while. They are not statistics provided by bogus organizations that make false claims to garner readership.

These are valid figures provided by the U. S. Center for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute, a reputable reproductive health research organization. Compare them to other events that have produced bulging mortality figures.

“Roe v. Wade” dwarfs these figures and make them appear wrongfully insignificant. The Armenian Genocide in 1915 killed 1.2 million innocent men, women and children. The social cleansing ideology of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia annihilated over a million people from 1975 to 1979. The Holocaust resulted in the mass murder of 6 million people.

World War II did the same to produce sickening statistics: 20 million in China and 28 million in the Soviet Union. And more recently, the Rwandan Massacre, 1995, during which roughly a million innocent people were bludgeoned and stabbed to death within a period of 100 days.

Reason – only because they belonged to a different ethnic group. Not even history’s most well-known pandemic, “The Black Plague,” so called because victims displayed large, apple-size black boils which oozed blood and pus and secreted a terribly offensive stench, came close to the score of “Roe v. Wade.” Its death toll, estimated at 25 million.

Unfortunately, “Roe v. Wade” is still with us although numerous unsuccessful attempts have been made to overturn it. The nation’s capital becomes the stage for the annual “March For Life” protest rally that proclaims the beauty and dignity of life. The latest march was held on Jan. 19, 2018 and reports gave it an attendance of close to 100,000. We on Guam had our very own rally. More information on that can be obtained from the website,

The fate of “Roe v. Wade” will come to pass in the Supreme Court where it was born. As usual everything will be written in the language of the law which most of us have difficulty understanding.

I, myself, can only understand something that is simple and uncomplicated. For example, my collar is adorned with a tiny silver replica of a 10-week-old unborn baby’s feet, scarcely eight millimeters long. They are perfectly formed and oh, so beautiful. They are also the favorite grabbing point of those horrible alligator-toothed Sopher clamps that abortionists use to rip the baby apart. Second trimester babies are too large for those powerful suction devices. Then, the baby parts must be reassembled for accountability to prevent sepsis or deadly infection. Now, something as simple and gruesomely graphic as that, I can understand.

Louie Gombar is a retired middle school teacher.

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