By Calvin Freiburger
Live Action News
On Monday, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly died at age 92. Though she spent decades as a leading activist for a wide range of conservative political causes, pro-lifers in particular owe her gratitude and remembrance for her work in defense of preborn babies.
Students for Life of America president Kristan Hawkins hailed Schlafly’s work, dating back to the earliest days of abortion as a national controversy in the United States, as not only “inspir[ing] millions to the fight against abortion,” but also as “the reason the Republican Party is a pro-life party.”
When the Supreme Court first imposed abortion-on-demand upon the nation, there were no clearly defined party positions on abortion, with supporters and opponents on both sides. Modern radical feminism soon ensured that many legislators would abandon their former pro-life stances; without the political pressure and mobilization organized by leaders like Schlafly, there may not have been any meaningful opposition to it.
In 1998, Schlafly wrote the following regarding Roe’s twentieth anniversary:
"Roe’s grabbing of legislative powers away from the democratic process, and Roe’s creation of new “rights” out of words in the U.S. Constitution that were never so intended, are the vehicles of moral relativism and modern liberalism. The Court overturned democratically passed initiatives (term limits and gay rights), and invented new rights in a wide variety of areas from welfare, to jobs, to prisons and schools."
"The Supreme Court recognized Roe’s overriding significance in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). When the Justices worried that overturning Roe would “undermine” the Court’s “legitimacy,” maybe they were really worrying about undermining the Court’s grabbing of extra-judicial powers that can be used in such wide-ranging future cases as assisted suicide, cloning, English as our official language, and immigration."Phyllis Schlafly's remarkable story continues here