SHORT COMMUNICATION 381
The Unforeseen Results
The topic of abortion is never very far from the attention of the mass media. And the mass media in regards to abortion includes both liberal and conservative members, which is the way it should be in a democratic culture. Thanks to the total media coverage no stones remain unturned.
In 1973, when Roe v. Wade made abortion an acceptable part of American life, it is understandable that there would be unforeseen result sooner or later down the road. Well, recently, the mass media brought to the attention of Americans how abortion has changed America. That is unforeseen part. America has truly and noticeably changed and not for the better it must be stated.
The first unforeseen change was the collapse of the institution of marriage. The idea that marriage was a sacred institution began to disappear. Now divorces take places at the drop of a hat.
The great increase in out-of-wedlock births is the second big change in the American culture. The idea that children were part of a sacred institution called marriage began disappearing also. The philosophy that children can be born at anytime outside of marriage prevails. The sense of shame has disappeared.
In 1965, long before Roe v. Wade, less than 10 percent of American babies were born to unwed mothers. Black women had a higher percentage than white women-24 percent to 3.1 percent. As of 2013, the percentage was up to 41 percent of babies born to unwed mothers-73 percent to black women and 29 percent to white women. Sixty percent of America´s out-of-wedlock babies are born to women in their 20s. And what happens to a large percentage of out-of-wedlock babies? Yes, you guessed it. All of this is a very big change in American culture.
Since Roe v. Wade, we´ve gravitated to a new type of culture personal relationships. It is materialistic. It is the tendency to admire our own physical appearance, to admire our own abilities, to think an individual is greater than another individual. We´ve made life a product to be bought and sold. We´ve become commodities and use each other without thinking of how we affect each other as young life is destroyed through abortion, or how we destroy human life in other inhuman ways. The reverence for life has greatly diminished. So has the reverence for institutions that support life.
So many cultures throughout the world are in deplorable condition. America´s is one of the many that started with the Roe v. Wade court decision in 1973. Now Americans in their seventies or older are the only people who remember and can tell how orderly a decent the culture was then. Modern day Americans are very sad and disappointed at what is going on, and they also realize that it´s not going to get any better. They also fell that our Heavenly Father should keep His promise “to come again”. It is way past time.