Today, Friday, June 24, 2022, is the day. The Supreme Court, as anticipated because of the leaked draft opinion, has sent the issue of abortion back to the states for them to decide on how their state will address it. Despite protests, and often vandalism and violence, pro-abortion advocates were unable to change the outcome of the final decision by the high court. Despite showing up at the homes of conservative justices with threats of murder and violence, the High Court stayed true to the law and their decision. They are to be commended for that decision to never allow fear or intimidation to dictate law.
The Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, et al. decision, delivered by Justice Samuel Alito, traces this nation’s history of abortion and subsequent laws, and declares the ruling of Roe v. Wade as wrong. The decision highlights five factors which the court said were used to determine both Roe and Casey decisions were wrong and should be overturned. Those factors, according to the court, are the nature of their error, the quality of their reasoning, the ‘workability’ of the rules they imposed on the country, their disruptive effect on other areas of the law, and the absence of concrete reliance.
After considering all these factors, the court said Roe and Casey must be overruled and therefore, released their final decision.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely – The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.”
The document goes on to say the Roe and Casey decisions have had “damaging consequences” and has “enflamed” rather than brought about unity or a finality of the question of abortion.
“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives. ‘The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations, upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy; by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting,” reads the decision.
The decision said the “right to abortion”, as many pro-abortion advocates argue, is not in the country’s history or tradition. In fact, the details and facts laid out in the decision show the very opposite and that it has, indeed, been unacceptable in our nation’s history and traditions. The decision declares that voters in each state should decide their own laws since each state’s culture and beliefs about abortion are different.
The outrage shown against this decision reflects a society where pro-abortionists do not just want abortion to be legal, but they want it to be the law of the land. They are not satisfied unless it is ensured in every state of the union and is “on demand”. This is not an advocacy for rights or decisions. It is an advocacy for the enablement of a murderous and bloody society which is reflected in other areas of this country, such as mass shootings and the acceptability of violence as problem solving.
It is ironic that we have a Supreme Court to be impartial, non-political, and to use their judicial knowledge and legal experience to interpret the laws – until we do not agree with their interpretation and then believe it is acceptable to use violence. The justices, however, said in their decision that they were just doing their job. They were, indeed, just doing their job and we as a nation should expect or desire nothing less. The justices stuck to their legal interpretation and did this job. This is what we should expect of the Supreme Court. The courage, boldness, and fortitude shown by the justices is the very essence of our country: doing what is right even when there is fierce opposition.
Christians should begin the same kind of advocacy for the protection of life in their own states that they have been doing on a national scale. The fervent prayers of pro-life advocates and individuals should continue with praying for their state leaders, meeting with their state leaders to advocate for the protection of life and preparing for the decision to fall into the hands of voters in their state.
The fight for life has not ended and has not changed. The focus has just shifted. But, for pro-abortion advocates, their fight is not over yet either. The hate group Jane’s Revenge has already vandalized and attacked over 30 pro-life centers and pregnancy centers in the nation, and they vow the worst is yet to come. They promise a night of rage against the nation because of the decision.
Christians, pray for those filled with hatred for life. Pray for those who participate in this violence and vandalism. Pray for expectant mothers and unborn children. Pray for life.