Nation needs a change of heart

Thank you Terry for your diligence to stand for life. Here is his article published in the Tampa Bay Times this past Sunday!

While many readers of the Times were pleased by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Texas law involving facilities conducting abortions, countless others like myself received the news with a profound sadness. It is not that I was overly surprised by the decision, but rather by the joy displayed by those who seemed to celebrate the propagation of a procedure in which an innocent life is ended.

In its decision, the court has reaffirmed its stance that unborn children are bereft of the basic right to life. To assume the court is infallible would be a grave mistake. In its 1857 Dred Scott decision, the court ruled that the U.S. Constitution denied enslaved African-Americans citizenship along with any right to due process. In 1896 in the landmark case Plessy vs. Ferguson, the court ruled that racial segregation was indeed constitutional, thus perpetuating decades of aggression and injustice toward millions of African-Americans.

Regardless of the court's decision on the Texas law, the ultimate challenge lies in changing the human heart. To the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the tens of thousands who marched with him in the 1960s, this must have often seemed like an impossible task, but in the end, change did come to America. As people's perspectives on the value of human life are changed for the better, I believe a transformation will occur in a location far more challenging than any courtroom. A change will happen within their hearts.

Terry Senhauser, Dover