Grand Rapids, MI — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, beginning at 10 a.m.
The case involves Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In accepting the case, the Supreme Court announced they will revisit the key holding of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which is that no state may ban abortion before the shifting point of when a child can survive outside the womb.
The following statement can be attributed to Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing:
The Supreme Court must do the right thing and overturn Roe v. Wade. There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution that mentions abortion. There is no good legal reason Mississippi can’t ban the brutal late-term abortions of children who have beating hearts and the capacity to feel pain. Thanks to advances like 3-D ultrasounds, today nobody can deny the identity of an unborn child in the womb: she is a human being, just like each of us. Roe v. Wade is one of the most unjust decisions in our nation’s history. Not only did it allow violence by taking away the human rights of 61 million unborn children and counting, but also wounded our democratic process and created decades of legal confusion and controversies. In America, voters vote and legislators legislate, but Roe v. Wade allows judges to disenfranchise voters and their elected officials, not because the U.S. Constitution says so, but because seven men in 1973 personally wanted unlimited abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. It is time for Roe to go. We hope the Supreme Court will take to heart the amicus brief we joined in this case.
In Michigan, overturning Roe v. Wade means our state’s law protecting the life of all unborn children will have an opportunity to be restored to full effect. The people of Michigan voted overwhelmingly to keep our law, just weeks before Roe v. Wade. Roe wrongly overturned that election. We look forward to the day that every unborn child in Michigan and America will once again have their equal right to life respected and protected.
For more information: Right to Life of Michigan Education Coordinator Chris Gast, (616) 532-2300, [email protected].
Livestream audio of arguments
RLM’s amicus brief in Dobbs
Michigan’s abortion law
What happens when Roe is overturned?