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Contact: Leslie Palma
WASHINGTON, D.C. - While the nation awaits the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on the Texas Heartbeat Act, lives are being saved every day in the nation’s second most populous state. Other states will emulate Texas if the Court allows the law to stand.
But another case to be heard in just three weeks can do what pro-lifers have been working toward for decades: Reversing Roe v. Wade.
“For nearly 50 years no Supreme Court case has been the object of as much protest and criticism, from inside and outside the court system, than Roe v. Wade. It is seen as a tragically consequential overreach of jurisprudence,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The states created the federal government, not the other way around, and it is my hope that the case Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization out of Mississippi will see the return of the rights of states to decide how and whether to protect their own citizens from abortion.”
The case centers on a Mississippi law that would protect babies from abortion at 15 weeks. The Court has agreed to decide whether protecting children in the womb from abortion prior to viability is constitutional.
A decision by the Court to allow states to decide whether abortion should be legal would have far-reaching consequences:
- 21 states have laws or constitutional amendments on their books that would lead to the protection of unborn children from abortion within their borders;
- An additional five states are ready to enact laws to protect most of these children;
- 11 states have laws protecting babies after a heartbeat is detected but, unlike the Texas law, these laws have been blocked by various courts.
- Four states have constitutions that do not recognize a right to abortion.
“Places like California and New York, Vermont and Illinois, will continue to kill our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” Father Pavone said. “But tens of thousands of lives will be saved each year.”
There is no way of knowing how the Court will rule on either the Texas case or the Mississippi case but it is clear the whole nation is watching. In the weeks leading up to the December 1 oral arguments in Dobbs, Father Pavone has been interviewing those who submitted amicus briefs in support of the Mississippi law. (See SupremeCourtVictory.com.)
“The briefs submitted on behalf of the state of Mississippi – more pro-life briefs than for any other abortion case the Court has heard – are masterpieces that summarize the arguments the pro-life movement has been making against Roe v. Wade for 50 years,” Father Pavone said. “It’s easy to see why supporters of legal abortion are worried and for pro-lifers to imagine a day in the near future when so many more of the children for whom they have advocated for so long will finally be protected.”
Priests for Life (EndAbortion.US) is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion.