On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court, holding on the Dobbs case that the Constitution does not include a right to abortion, returned the issue of abortion laws and regulations to state legislatures. In making this ruling, they effectively overruled Roe v. Wade. The court’s conservative majority overturned the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade by a vote of 6-3.
Three justices Trump appointed – Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett, joined with Justices Clarence Thomas (George H.W. Bush appointee) John Roberts, (George W. Bush appointee) and Samuel Alito, (George W. Bush appointee) to form the majority. When asked by Fox News whether he helped bring about the decision, Former President Donald Trump replied- “God made the decision.” Amen to that!
This is great victory for the conservative movement and America’s unborn, but a huge loss for the left-winged progressive pro-choice campaign.
Writing for the Supreme Court in Friday’s decision, Justice Samuel Alito stated-
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return the authority to the people and their elected representatives.”-Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Formerly holding that, the U.S. Constitution includes a constitutional right to abortion, despite the fact that abortion is not found in the text anywhere, structure, or history of the Constitution, and the nation went more than 180 years without ever noticing its existence, in 1973 Roe was handed down from the Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision.
One of the most divisive legal issues in American history, Roe V Wade has been at the heart of debates, protests and even violence for five decades now. The biggest violence has been enacted, however, on over 60 million infants nationwide, whose silent voices will now hopefully be heard.
The first such leak of a full opinion of this ruling, notably, the first in the 233-year history of the Supreme Court, lead the progressive liberal-left to violent protests, including vandalizing churches, destroying a pro-life center in Wisconsin, and threatening protests at the home of conservative justices in violation of federal law.
Culminating in what was almost an assassination attempt of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, these threats, which went seemingly unnoticed by President Joe Biden, led to rapid action on a new federal law to protect the justices. Apparently, the court majority stood firm against the threats and public pressure, overruling Roe and the later revision of Roe in 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Roe is now on America’s ash heap of history, with abortions’ future going back to the states. Some states will bury abortion for good (rest in peace), some will or have already curtailed it significantly, and those liberal states will be advertising abortion as a tourist attraction.
Revered by many women’s rights advocates and reviled by conservatives who believe abortion kills a human life,
the fight over abortion in America, will now rage on into a new and possibly even more polarizing and divisive chapter.
The abortion issue will now be decided state by state, but not necessarily outlawed across the country. In at least 15 states abortion will be illegal. These states, mostly across the South, the Midwest and the Mountain West have trigger laws in place that will now act to ban the procedure. These new laws will take effect within a few days to months.
Now expected to enact an outright ban on abortion are Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming. Additionally, three other states: Georgia, Ohio and South Carolina, are likely to ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy with Arizona and Florida, having passed 15-week bans already this year. This comes to a total of 20 states banning or limiting abortion within the first trimester or early in the second.
Iowa currently limits abortion after 22 weeks, and conservative Republicans may seek to ban the procedure now, in relation to the Supreme Court’s ruling. This especially, is in light of the fact that Iowa’s highest court said there is no right to abortion in its’ Constitution.
May the truth of the injustice of abortion, not remain silent but be given wings, as America decides state by state, how they will reconcile for themselves what they must confirm of this ruling. Truth will not change – no matter America’s decision, but taking a stand for life has its’ roots in our Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”-United States Declaration of Independence