The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday is the principle that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are protected in America. The recent Supreme Court decision – Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health – overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey because there is no constitutional right to kill unborn babies. By overturning Roe and Casey, the Supreme Court sent abortion law back to the states where it belongs.
In anticipation that the abortion laws would be overturned, twenty-six states passed legislation to protect the unborn. Now other states are quickly acting to protect life. Governors in South Dakota, Indiana, South Carolina, and Nebraska have called for special legislative sessions to pass pro-life bills.
Even though this is good news to pro-life supporters, many people agree with Jessica Anderson who said, “While many states already have protections for life on the books, our pro-life fight is only getting started…. States with either no laws or weak laws should follow the lead of other states like South Dakota, Indiana, South Carolina, and Nebraska in calling special sessions to put even more protections in place for unborn children.”
Anderson added that the fight for life will be “one of the most important issues of our lifetime, and we should all demand our elected officials at both the state and the federal levels take action to reflect our values and protect life. Especially when we are met with radical proposals from Democrats in Congress like abortion on demand, the states must be the front line of defense.”
While more than half the states are acting to protect the lives of unborn children, other states are passing pro-abortion legislation. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called a special legislative session in his state to pass pro-abortion laws.