The Supreme Court of the United States has chosen to hear the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which challenges a Mississippi state law that restricts abortions of fetuses after 15 weeks of gestation.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court agrees to take up a major abortion case that will give the court an opportunity to reconsider Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The case involves the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) May 17, 2021
The nation’s high court will consider whether “all pre-viability prohibitions on abortion are unconstitutional.”
My colleague Streiff digs deeper into the past ruling and potential implications here:
Me? I am popping popcorn and watching the pro-abortion heads explode. There is so much weeping and gnashing of teeth, that dentists will be getting some extra business, along with the hand wringing, which they should have learned well with the COVID mantra of “wash your hands.”
Let's be explicit: anti-abortion extremists made it clear that this was the goal all along. It's why they couldn't wait to rush Amy Coney Barrett onto the Supreme Court before the November election.
Keep your hands off of our health care. https://t.co/HL95SzqKMw
— Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA (@PPAdvocacyMA) May 17, 2021
Expand the Supreme Court before Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch have a chance to undo Roe v Wade.
And you know they will.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 17, 2021
And, of course, the Handmaid’s Tale memes are back on the menu:
— Ned (Unity requires Justice) Staebler (@NedStaebler) May 17, 2021
The blame Justice Amy Coney Barrett game has been reenergized, and that evil drunk rapist Justice Brett Kavanaugh has also returned to the mix. The Left will never get over the fact that Trump was able to appoint three justices to the Supreme Court, (two of them devout Catholics), and they remain bitter and frothing.
"Kavanaugh’s confirmation cemented a conservative majority on the Court that got stronger last year when he was joined by Amy Coney Barrett. Kavanaugh now sits at the Court’s ideological center—illustrating how far to the right the center has shifted. "https://t.co/E0OKdVKbEj
— swell (@swell) May 16, 2021
To be clear, the Supreme Court is only poised to overturn Roe because of Amy Coney Barrett. Roberts sided with the liberals in a 5–4 abortion decision last summer (albeit begrudgingly and with qualifications). With Barrett's confirmation, the court flipped against Roe and Casey.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 17, 2021
Right before their very eyes, they are seeing the erosion of abortion laws in a number of states. They also know that if the Supreme Court decides to set a different precedent that further cuts Roe off at the knees, nationally sanctioned abortion on demand could be eliminated in their lifetime.
Bye Bye Roe V Wade. We are counting on you Justice Amy Coney Barrett. https://t.co/jDBOwzNt2g
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) May 17, 2021
Ma tha Siobhan (If God Is Merciful)
More abortion news: SCOTUS (w/ dissents from Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch) dismisses a trio of cases challenging Trump-era rule that bars federally funded clinics from making abortion referrals. Both the challengers & Biden admin asked for dismissal because Biden is rescinding the rule
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) May 17, 2021
This triggering is legitimate, though. You see, when Roe is overturned, abortion will simply go back to the states to decide — as it should be in a Constitutional Republic.
“OH MY GOD I WONT BE ABLE TO KILL MY BABY A DAY BEFORE ITS BORN NOOOOOOOOO” pic.twitter.com/PwrNCPcKh9
— Austin Brown (@aubrown556) May 17, 2021
The pro-life movement is preparing for this, and has been for years. What the smarter heads of the movement have engineered, and helped to enact, are laws that ensure the states create the firewall to protect life. The Guttmacher Institute, which used to be an arm of Planned Parenthood, still keeps track of the numbers, and the odds are not in their favor:
Since January, there have been 536 abortion restrictions—including 146 abortion bans—introduced across 46 states.
A whopping 61 of those restrictions have been enacted across 13 states, including 8 bans. #StopTheBans
— Guttmacher Institute (@Guttmacher) April 30, 2021
Since January, there have been 536 abortion restrictions, including 146 abortion bans, introduced across 46 states (all counts current as of April 29, 2021). A whopping 61 of those restrictions have been enacted across 13 states, including eight bans.
To put those figures in context, by this time in 2011—the year previously regarded as the most hostile to abortion rights since Roe was decided—42 restrictions had been enacted, including six bans.
In August of 2020, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a ruling restricting three Arkansas pro-life laws, one that restricts dismemberment of a fetus in the womb.
In April of 2021, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from aborting children with Downs Syndrome. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is pushing for the enactment of a similar law in her state.
Just last week, Texas passed a “Heartbeat Bill,” which prohibits all abortions in the state after about six weeks into pregnancy, which is generally when a heartbeat can be heard on ultrasound. The law has provisions that would allow private citizens to file civil lawsuits against doctors, staff, or even a patient’s family or friends who “aid and abet” in such procedures. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.
The pro-life community is playing hardball; as it should be.
This is pretty much how it was pre-Roe, when Bernard Nathanson and Larry Ladder, co-founders of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now the National Abortion Rights Action League—NARAL), were looking for a way to set a precedent that would overturn it nationally. Roe v. Wade The Movie is a must-watch for the shenanigans, gaslighting, and outright deceptions that were implemented to get Roe before the Supreme Court and then craft a ruling in favor of sanctioning abortion nationwide; including justices being influenced by their compromised wives and daughters.
Townhall colleague Rebecca Downs wrote about the pro-abortion machine running scared and had these insights:
Dr. Michael New, a research associate at the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America and an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, also weighed in, about “Guttmacher’s recent report which shows the impressive progress that pro-lifers are making at the state level.” He went into detail to explain for Townhall:
According to Guttmacher, 61 pieces of pro-life legislation have been enacted this year. Thirteen states have enacted at least one pro-life law and eight state have passed some kind of gestational age limit.
There are three important lessons that pro-lifers can learn from this.
1) Pro-lifers can make impressive progress at the state level during Democratic Presidential administrations.
During the Clinton administration approximately 12 state level pro-life parental involvement laws took effect and 11 states passed Casey-styled informed consent laws. During the Obama administration over 400 state-level pro-life laws were enacted. Pro-lifers have shrewdly used court decisions like Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Gonzalez v. Carhart to advance their cause
2) The success that Republicans have enjoyed at the state and local level has made it much easier to pass protections for unborn children.
Currently, Republicans control both chambers of the state legislature in 30 states and possess unified control of government in 23 states. In fact, As recently as 1990, Republican controlled both chambers of the state legislature in only five states. As such, the investments that pro-lifers have made in local elections is certainly paying impressive dividends.
3) In many blue states, pro-lifers are playing good defense.
Guttmacher Institute policy analyses often highlight states that have expanded access to abortion. However, social liberals and supporters of legal abortion and have enjoyed little success. Efforts to repeal the pro-life parental involvement law in Illinois remain stalled. Thus far, the New Jersey state legislature has been unable to pass the Reproductive Freedom Act. Finally, In April, pro-lifers defeated a bill to legalized assisted suicide in Connecticut.
No matter which party may be in control of the White House or Congress, it appears life is winning.
The pro-life movement learned to play the long game some time ago; it’s time for other arms of conservatism to learn to do the same to continue this push back against the agenda to destroy our lives, livelihoods, and Constitutional freedoms. The pandemic showed us many things, and one of them is that the Left is deadly serious in enacting their globalist and death cult worldview. We must be equally serious in fighting against it—and we are the ones who are on the right side of history.