Front row, left to right: Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Back row, left to right: Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Credit: Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
Major Abortion Case to be Heard in the Fall and Decided in Spring 2022
Mississippi has passed a law protecting babies in the womb starting at 15-weeks gestation. Although this law was struck down in the lower courts, the Supreme Court has agreed to review it and to answer the question as to whether laws that protect babies that early in pregnancy (or any time prior to viability) are all unconstitutional.
This is a critically important question, since such laws are routinely judged as unconstitutional. Yet, as we know, the Constitution says nothing about abortion, and these “rules” about how and when pro-life laws violate the Constitution are really nothing more than a figment of the Justices’ imaginations, entangling the Court in an endless task of being the nation’s medical review board on abortion. No other medical procedure is subject to that kind of constitutional evaluation.
On this page you will find information about the case and about what Priests for Life and other groups are doing in response to it.
You will also be able to take action, first of all by saying the special prayer for victory that we have placed below, and second by signing on to the special statement we have written below. Scroll down for more details.
Priests for Life Amicus Brief
Full Brief for Petitioners
Summary of Arguments
Mississippi Attorney General press release
Priests for Life Press Releases:
SCOTUS decision to hear Mississippi abortion case: ‘This is big’
Priests for Life launches prayer campaign for pro-life success at SCOTUS
Priests for Life Educational Broadcasts:
Interview with Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life
Interview with Robert Muise, Esq., General Counsel, Priests for Life, Founder, American Freedom Law Center
New York Times; Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Case Challenging Roe v. Wade
Breitbart: Sen. Steve Daines: ‘Long Past Time’ for Supreme Court to Reconsider Roe v. Wade
Newsmax: Pro-Life Conservatives Hail Court Revisiting Roe v Wade
Public statement from Friends and Allies of Priests for Life
(In the fields below, you may add your name to this statement to show support for this case; none of your contact information will be shared and this does not involve you in any legal proceedings.)
Abortion is a scar on our culture and a deep wound on our world. Nowhere in the United States Constitution is there any mention of abortion or of the “right” to kill a baby. It is therefore a welcome step by the Supreme Court to raise the question of whether it is Constitutional to protect children in the womb, even before “viability.”
We are committed to pray for victory in this case, that the Court may no longer stand in the way of citizens who, through their elected lawmakers, provide protection to these most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. Moreover, we are committed to educate our fellow citizens that the children in the womb are as human as the rest of us, and that abortion not only kills them but harms their Moms, Dads, families, and all of us.
We look forward to the day when all will recognize their duty to protect the unborn and bring an end to the violence of abortion.
Sign up below to take part in a prayer campaign for pro-life victory in this case!
Prayer for a Pro-life Victory at the US Supreme Court
Lord, God and Father of Life,
You love all that you have created,
And protect all who are in danger.
You entrust us to the care of each other
And establish earthly authority
To protect the rights that you yourself bestow.
Lord, your People have failed,
On a personal level and in civic society,
To provide adequate protection
To those who need it the most.
We pray today for the smallest human beings,
The children yet in the womb.
We pray that their parents will generously welcome them
And vigorously reject any temptation to kill them by abortion.
We pray that our laws will protect their right to life.
Lord, we thank and praise you
For legislators and governors who have implemented laws
To protect children from abortion.
In particular we thank you for the people of Mississippi
Who have taken bolder steps than most states
To protect children in the womb prior to the point of viability.
Lord, we ask now that this law will be upheld
As it is reviewed by the United States Supreme Court.
Give your wisdom to the Justices and their clerks,
And to the attorneys to seek to protect these children.
Help all to realize the simple truth
That more protection is needed
Precisely when a person is more dependent,
And that “viability” is neither a source of human rights
Nor a factor in determining when to protect children from violence.
Lord, as a result of this case now before the Supreme Court,
Give the unborn, and our whole nation, a new and refreshing season of Life.
Bring us a new breath of freedom,
A new measure of common sense,
A rediscovery of justice and wisdom
And a big step forward in building a culture of life.
Your Son Jesus Christ
Came to grant freedom to the oppressed.
Grant freedom, then, to the children in the womb
And in these days, set our nation on a course
Of rejecting the violence of abortion,
And treating children in the womb
With equal justice under law.
Bring victory in this Supreme Court case
And then bring us even more victories,
Until every child is protected
And every abortion is rejected.
Bring us, O Lord, the victory of Life.
We pray in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life