Roe versus Wade was first argued before the Supreme Court on December, 13, 1971, before only seven justices. Two justices, William Rehnquist and Lewis Powell, joined the court in January, 1972. Because of this, Roe versus Wade was reargued in front of the full Supreme Court on October 11, 1972.
What else was going on in October, 1972? The Paris Peace Negotiations to end the Vietnam War.
America’s involvement in Vietnam began in the 1950’s under President Dwight Eisenhower’s administration with a few military advisers and some financial aid. The next president, John Kennedy, escalated America’s role by increasing the number of servicemen in Vietnam by twenty fold. In addition, President Kennedy helped plan a coup which resulted in the assassination of the president of South Vietnam.
Then in August, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson pushed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution through a joint session of Congress. This resolution allowed the president to conduct military operations in Southeast Asia without declaring war. From this point on, the little conflict became a major war with hundreds of thousands of Americans involved in it.
Finally, in May, 1968, peace talks began when President Johnson sent a delegation to meet with North Vietnam in Paris. The talks continued with the newly elected president, Richard Nixon, and his chief negotiator, Dr. Henry Kissinger. For three years, the main hang-up for the North Vietnamese was their insistence that America needed to remove President Theiu from power in South Vietnam and replace him with a person more acceptable to the Communist regime in North Vietnam. The U.S. refused to concede this point.
On October 8, 1972, a major breakthrough came in secret negotiations between Dr. Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho. North Vietnam modified their demands. Ten days later, a final draft was drawn up and Dr. Kissinger announced, “Peace is at hand.”
President Theiu of South Vietnam was not even informed about the secret negotiations. When he read the final draft, he was furious and felt that America had sold out his nation to North Vietnam. He refused to accept it, but Nixon and Kissinger twisted Theiu’s arm and made promises of continued support and financial aid to South Vietnam. In the end, President Theiu was forced to accept the peace agreement.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its Roe versus Wade decision. This landmark decision overturned almost every federal and state law that restricted abortion in our nation. From this date on, the war against babies began with a vengeance.
On the following day, Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho signed off on the Viet Nam peace treaty, which was almost identical to the final draft agreed to in October, 1972. Then, on January 27, 1973, the leaders of the formal delegations signed the agreement at the Majestic Hotel in Paris.
What were the political outcomes for the three principal architects of the Vietnam War?
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
President Lyndon Johnson fled the presidential office in shame after just one term. He died of a sudden heart attack at his Texas ranch on January 22, 1973, the day that Roe versus Wade was announced by the Supreme Court.
Also, in January, 1973, the five men who broke into the Democratic National Office at the Watergate complex were tried and convicted. The mushrooming Watergate scandal and cover-up eventually drove President Richard Nixon out of office in disgrace on August 9, 1974.
Were these just coincidences? I do not believe so.
President Theiu’s concerns about the secret agreement reached between Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho proved accurate. America exchanged prisoners with the North Vietnamese and withdrew from Southeast Asia. North Vietnam ignored the treaty. And then, America failed to keep its promises to South Vietnam, not even one of them.
The aftermath of America’s lies and broken promises concerning the peace treaty resulted in a bloodbath. Millions were slaughtered in South Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos by the Communists. Hundreds of thousands of others – men, women, children and babies – fled South Viet Nam in crowded boats. A large percentage of these boat people perished at sea. Those that survived the boat trips were met by thieves, killers and rapists when they landed in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.
I sincerely believe that America’s sin which has opened the doors for God’s judgment of abortion to fall upon our nation was our government’s treacherous handling of the Vietnam War, especially in dealing with South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Our broken promises and lies have resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people whose blood have cried out to a just God.
So, what must we do?
(Continued in Part 6)