Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down several restrictions imposed by the state of Texas on abortion doctors and facilities was a loss for the pro-life movement. There’s no getting around that. I’m no constitutional scholar, but I believe this ruling was clearly unconstitutional. Roe v Wade made abortion legal, but it didn’t say states couldn’t create regulations for doctors and abortion providers that would make the procedure safer for women, which is exactly what the Texas regulations in this case were doing.
If that makes it harder to get an abortion in Texas, so be it. Last time I checked, that’s not illegal because it’s not preventing doctors and providers from offering abortions to women, it’s simply forcing them to meet the same standards doctors and facilities in other areas of medicine already have to meet. If they aren’t willing or able to meet those standards, that’s their problem, not the state’s problem.
But the five liberal justices on the Supreme Court interpreted the case differently, and read intentions into it instead of applying the law as it’s written. This is the kind of judicial activism that conservatives have been railing against for decades.
What’s worse is that it creates a precedent for even more judicial activism in the future, not just on this issue, but on many others. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we have a conservative president who nominates strict constructionists to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, we don’t have that option in 2016 unless a miracle happens and the GOP delegates #DumpTrump. Assuming they don’t, which I think is a safe assumption at this point, we’ll have to hope we finally get a conservative nominee in 2020 and that we won’t have more than one justice retire before then.
But not all is lost. This is a loss, but it’s a temporary one. For the past 10+ years, all over the country laws have been passed making it harder for women to get abortions and easier for them to know their options and choose life. This trend will likely continue because Republicans control more governorships and state legislatures than at any time since 1978.
The Supreme Court can only stand in our way for so long. Furthermore, if we have a Republican Congress in 2020, they could pass a law outlawing abortion without even waiting for Roe v Wade to be overturned, based on the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment. Senator Cruz himself has made this case.
So it’s not like we don’t have options for ending abortion in this country. It’s just a matter of changing the culture of death around us and putting pressure on our representatives in Washington to find the political will to do the right thing.
That being said, I have three pieces of advice for pro-lifers following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Texas abortion case:
1) Never be discouraged. The left and the pro-choice movement especially are banking on setbacks such as this one to discourage us enough to give up and sit on the sidelines in this fight. We can’t let that happen.
In every war, and make no mistake this is part of the larger war for the soul of our nation, there are battles that are lost before the final outcome is decided. We can allow such losses to cause us to give into fatalism and despair, or we can use them to strengthen our resolve and persevere in the fight, knowing that the Truth is on our side and that doing the right thing is never easy, but also that history will look favorably on us.
2) Have patience, because big changes never happen overnight. Think of abortion as a chronic disease that our nation has had for over 40 years. It takes a long time for the human body to develop such a disease because the body is resilient and has defense mechanisms against things that damage it. But over time those mechanisms can themselves be damaged and broken down, and when they are, there’s nothing left to protect the body from stressors that harm it.
The same is true of the moral fabric of a nation. Our social institutions- churches, communities, non-profit organizations, the government, and especially the family, act as the defense mechanisms of our nation against internal and external stressors that threaten to damage and even destroy us. When these institutions wither away and are broken down, as they have been in America over the past 40+ years, there’s nothing left to protect us from collectively losing our moral compass. Thus, we have the rise of abortion and many other evils that currently plague our nation.
Like in the case of a chronic disease, it took a long time to break down those defenses and become sick, and so it will also take a long time to begin to repair the damage and rebuild those defense mechanisms.
This happens in small, incremental steps over time by giving the body what it needs to thrive and eliminating the things that hurt it. It’s the same with our nation and abortion.
If you’re looking for a quick political solution to end abortion, you have unrealistic expectations that will eventually leave you disappointed and jaded. The end of abortion will start by winning over the hearts and minds of every last American who is ignorant about what abortion really is and the permanent scars it creates for both mother and child.
The battle will be won in the culture before it’s won in the courts, or hopefully in Congress. Once we win the cultural battle, our politicians will have a mandate to implement the changes in policy a strong majority of the people in this nation will be asking them to enact.
3) Persevere, because in the end, the pro-life movement will win, and abortion will be illegal in this country. It’s not a matter of if, but when. It might be in 10 years from now, or 20, or 50, but it will happen.
Why am I so confident about this? Because millennials like myself are already more pro-life than our parents’ generation, and this trend will only continue.
As medical technology advances, along with scientific breakthroughs and a greater understanding of the developmental biology of the unborn baby, we’ll know so much about the life inside each pregnant mother that it will simply become impossible to ignore its humanity and therefore it’s God-given rights.
At this point in the future, we’ll look back on decisions like the one made by the Supreme Court today and just shake our head at how so many Americans could support the barbarism of abortion.
It will be so clear how wrong and inhumane abortion is that we’ll hang our heads in shame over the fact that we ever allowed it to be legal in the first place.
But many Americans have become so desensitized and numb to evils of all kinds, not just abortion, and so we have to wake them up out of their complacency and moral relativism. We have to expose them to the horrors of abortion, but also to show them the positive and uplifting alternatives to it like adoption, foster care, and all the good things crisis pregnancy centers do for women all over the country.
So yes, this is a setback, but the ball has been moving forward for the pro-life movement for years, and will continue to do so in spite of this ruling. The evils of abortion can’t be swept under the rug of “women’s rights” and hidden forever. The time is coming when the mask will be completely ripped off the pro-choice movement and the ugliness and evil that it’s been covering up will be exposed for all to see. I just wonder how many more Gosnells it’ll take for this to happen.
But in the meantime, as a lifelong pro-lifer I think I speak for all pro-lifers dedicated to the cause when I say we haven’t even begun to fight.
This is the civil rights issue of our time, and we won’t stop fighting until the unborn have the same rights as everyone else.
As I’m writing this, it’s been almost 24 hours since the Supreme Court struck down the Texas abortion regulations, and the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, Donald Trump, literally hasn’t said or written a single word about it. To all the Trumpsters out there who claim they’re pro-life and also claim Trump is, don’t bother even pretending that’s the case anymore.
There was already ample evidence to the contrary, but for those who were still giving Trump the benefit of the doubt on this issue, this should be the nail in the coffin for you.
This Supreme Court case was arguably the biggest abortion case in decades, and Trump’s silence on it is deafening to anyone who cares about the pro-life movement.
It also shows his priorities very clearly, because whenever a new poll comes out, or someone famous criticizes him, you can expect a tweet from him about it within a few hours or sooner, it’s like clockwork. But on a day that had a ruling with high significance for Christians and pro-lifers, he’s MIA.
I’m sure he didn’t even know the details of this particular case and had to get up to speed on it, but what’s even worse is that he didn’t care to know, otherwise he would’ve gotten up to speed much quicker and already put out a statement on it. In fact if he cared even remotely about the issue of abortion, he didn’t even need to know the details of this case, he simply could’ve put out the following statement:
“This Supreme Court ruling is unconstitutional and wrong, and Texas should ignore it and enforce their laws. I stand with Texas and as President will appoint judges who will overturn Roe v Wade once and for all so we won’t have to have any more decisions like this. Unborn children deserve the same protections as the rest of us, and as President, I’ll fight for them.”
But he put out no such statement, and thus ceded the spotlight to Hillary on this issue, who quickly put out her own statement, predictably applauding the ruling and pretending it’s about a woman’s “right to choose”.
Now I’m sure Trump is working with his advisers to come up with a phony statement as I write this, but that’s all it will be, a phony statement. Timing is everything in politics and usually shows a politician’s priorities. The fact that Trump didn’t even bother to put out a one-sentence statement on a major ruling on abortion the same day it happened tells me he’s playing Christians for fools, and wouldn’t fight at all as president to nominate a justice to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v Wade.
We pro-lifers are on our own this election season. We’ll have to wait until at least 2020 to have a GOP nominee who represents our beliefs and values. Until then, we must continue to fight and hold the nominees of both parties accountable for their words and actions on this issue.