Pro-lifers optimistic after Supreme Court abortion arguments; Planned Parenthood expresses concern

Ryan Foley

Document Publication: The Christian Post

Publication Date: December 01, 2021

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WASHINGTON — Pro-life activists have expressed optimism while the head of the nations largest abortion provider expressed concern after the U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban Wednesday, a case that could alter longstanding judicial precedent legalizing abortion nationwide. 

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate held dueling rallies outside the Supreme Court as justices heard oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Mississippi is asking the justices to reverse a lower court ruling striking down the state’s 15-week abortion ban while the Biden administration and pro-abortion groups would like to see the justices uphold the lower court ruling.


“One important thing to note is that Justice Roberts, the chief justice, asked some very significant and powerful questions,” said Father Frank Pavone, the director of the pro-life lobbying group Priests for Life. “Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh went through a whole litany of the … instances in which the Supreme Court reversed its precedent.”


Pavone also cited a comment from Justice Samuel Alito, who recalled that “abortion was not legal before quickening in 26 out of 37 states at the time when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted.”

“To say that the Fourteenth Amendment somehow includes the right to have an abortion is absurd,” Pavone argues. “It’s contrary to history.”  

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, one of three justices appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump, mentioned “safe-haven laws” that allow parents who are not ready to raise a child to leave a baby at a hospital or firehouse or police station with no questions asked.

Pavone argued “safe-haven laws” — many of which have been passed since Casey — is one of many factors making the Roe ruling obsolete. He disagreed with Justice Elena Kagan’s assertion that “not much has changed since Roe and Casey.”


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