On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that is directly challenging Roe v. Wade and other rulings that have shaped the current abortion landscape in America. Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization centers around a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. The court needs to decide whether to uphold the law or strike it down—and both the left and the right view this as a direct threat to Roe.
The difference, of course, being that the pro-abortion lobby views the reversal of Roe as an attack against women; while the pro-life community sees it for what it would really be—the end of an oppressive brutality that has ended the lives of well over 60 million unborn children since 1973.
It is not an exaggeration to say that this is the most significant abortion-related case since Planned Parenthood v Casey in 1992.
So why is all of this happening now? Well, this case is an example of a law that was enacted by a state (Mississippi) in the wake of changes to the makeup of the Supreme Court.
While we believe that abortion is clearly an abuse of human rights, bad precedent has held it to be a human right. Until recently, a majority of associate justices on the Supreme Court were believed to share this view. Thus, laws challenging abortion decisions were typically not taken up for review. However, with the new justices appointed under President Trump, the pro-life cause has been given hope that there is a majority on the court that is committed to upholding the most basic of human rights—the right to life. The fact that this case was taken up for review has been the cause of cautious hope amongst pro-life activists.
If you have the time, I’d encourage you to listen to Wednesday’s oral arguments here.
Please join me in prayer for justice in the outcome of this case and for lasting protection for unborn children in our nation and around the world. I truly believe that we can see the end of abortion in this generation.