In case you’ve been living under a rock, Politico leaked a draft of the Supreme Court opinion that will overturn Roe v. Wade. (Don’t have time to read the whole thing? Here’s a good summary.) The final version is expected this summer.
The opinion rejects Roe as “egregiously wrong from the start,” because it was pure legislating from the bench. That legislative power, the Court writes, must be returned to the voters and their representatives. At least five Justices have signed on to the opinion.
This is the culmination of decades of hard work by millions of people, and it is going to save countless lives. Take a moment to celebrate! But only a moment, because our work is far from over. The opinion fails to protect all human beings at all ages under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We must release the abortion industry’s stranglehold on blue states, bolster practical supports for pregnant mothers, and secure the right to life for all generations to come. For starters, you can volunteer for your local pregnancy resource center or donate to Let Them Live.
The pro-choice lobby, as usual, is resorting to lies. So let’s set the record straight on a few things:
- This has nothing to do with contraception or marriage equality. The opinion even anticipated the pro-choice lie, explicitly stating: “And to ensure that our decision is not misunderstood or mischaracterized, we emphasize that our decision concerns the constitutional right to abortion and no other right. Nothing in this opinion should be understood to cast doubt on precedents that do not concern abortion.”
- Wealthy elites are the core of the abortion lobby. Vulnerable, low-income populations are pro-life by large margins.
- The vast majority of Americans want abortion limits (e.g. first trimester only) that are only possible by overturning Roe.
Finally, a side note. We are pleased to see that the opinion rebukes Roe‘s “discussion of abortion in antiquity” as “constitutionally irrelevant.” That discussion inappropriately introduced religious concepts, violating church-state separation. By contrast, the Dobbs decision features purely secular reasoning.