Abortion will be in the news this week because the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This is the Mississippi law that bans abortion after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. If the Supreme Court finds this law constitutional, it could bring vast changes to abortion in the United States.
Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, and it gave the mother the right to abort her baby as long as the baby could not survive outside the womb – generally 22-24 weeks of gestation. The Mississippi abortion law would make the defining issue on when a baby can first feel pain or about 15 weeks. Polls show Americans about evenly divided on the abortion issue. An example is a poll from Gallup with 47% saying that abortion is morally acceptable and 46% saying that it is morally wrong.
Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization today, and he predicted that “the tide has turned for the pro-life movement” and “life is winning across America.”
I have long believed that a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable…. The aged. The infirm. And the unborn.
I did not come here today to speak about popular opinion or jurisprudence…. I came here today to speak about right and wrong. To say life is a human right, and urge the Supreme Court of the United States to choose life….
Today we gather on the verge of what may be a new era in American history…. An era in which all human life is once again cherished and respected. An era in which the great moral questions of our time are once again decided by the people through their chosen representatives instead of unelected judges.
As we stand here today… we may well be on the verge of an era when the Supreme Court sends Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs.
Pence called the Supreme Court decision in Roe “misguided.” He said that it inflicted a “tragedy not only on our nation but on humanity” of “unprecedented” scale.
In the 48 years since the court’s ruling, unborn children have been relegated into a cast of second-class citizens…. Devoid of the most basic human rights. Precious babies have lived outside the protection of the law, and at the mercy of a culture that devalues them and an abortion industry that profits from their suffering.
I believe it is no coincidence that the last half-century has seen a persistent rise in family instability… single-parent households, a decline in family formation, an increase in unplanned pregnancies … an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases.
Pence outlined one problem with keeping Roe v. Wade as the law of the land: “the radical left in this country will never stop pushing for more and more extreme abortion-related policies.”
Tomorrow is an important day in the history of the United States. Will the Supreme Court uphold Roe v. Wade, or will they strike it down? Leftists have threatened a “revolution” if it is struck down, and the events of the past two years show that they are willing to burn, loot, and murder if they do not get their way. I hope that you will join me in praying for the Supreme Court, for America, and for the unborn babies.