In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court overturned the 50 year old Roe v. Wade (1973), ceding power back to the states on the contentious issue that has resulted in the death of 63 million babies.
The decision came when deliberating the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, where a Mississippi law banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
As American Pigeon reported, “Jackson Women’s Health Organization disputes a Mississippi state abortion law that prohibits abortions performed after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Because fetal viability takes place around 22-24 weeks, the 15 weeks creates an “undue burden” on the right to abortion. If the Court rules in favor of the state, it will surely overturn Roe as precedent, leaving the issue of abortion completely at the discretion of the states.”
In the court’s opinion, Samuel Alito wrote,
“We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”
The Court contended that the right to abortion was often standardized in the Fourteenth Amendment, where “liberty” protected that right; however, the Court found that “The Constitution makes no express reference to a right to obtain an abortion.” The Court examined whether abortion was an “essential component to ordered liberty” and found that “the right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the Nation’s history and tradition.”
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Cheers erupted when the decision was announced. CBS reports that pro-abortion activists were subdued and grieving, their crowd eventually thinning out, while “more who have come to the Court in the intervening hour would count themselves among those who oppose abortion rights.”
A life-long pro-life activist, Randall Allen Terry, responded to the decision with glee, saying that he is the last living pro-life leader who was there for Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). “I’ve been fighting my whole adult life, four decades for this day.”
He then said this day was like taking Normandy Beach, and soon they will go to Berlin to make it a crime to kill babies in all 50 states.