By Rebecca Terrell
Pro-life advocates are celebrating today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that removes federal protections for abortion. Friday’s announcement overturns the 1973 case, Roe v. Wade, and opens the door for states to ban infanticide of the unborn.
The draft decision for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, originally leaked in May, is now final. This case challenged the state of Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, banning abortions on babies who are beyond 15 weeks in the womb.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization charged that Mississippi was in violation of “precedents establishing a constitutional right to abortion” set by Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey.
In response, the SCOTUS decision declares, “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion of the court, stating that prior to 1973, the federal government respected the right of states to address this “profound moral issue” in “accordance with the views of its citizens.”
Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan issued the dissenting opinion, claiming that Roe and Casey “have protected the liberty and equality of women” for nearly 50 years.
Since the draft leak in May, President Joe Biden has been calling on Congress to protect women’s so-called right to kill their unborn children.
Pro-life groups have endured increasing persecution, largely unreported in media, and are bracing for new waves of violence from groups such as Jane’s Revenge, which has blanketed Washington, D.C., with flyers announcing their intent to foment a “Night of Rage” against their “oppressors” when “SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade.”
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This is a developing story, and The New American will publish updates over the coming days.