Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Roe V Wade; Weighed in the Balances, and Found...?

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Today the Supreme Court of the United States begins hearing oral arguments on Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health.

As Dobbs v Jackson goes, so may also go Roe v Wade, the pillar upon which the abortion industry stands in claiming abortion is a "woman's constitutional right"---killing about 63,000,000 unborn babies, and making billions of dollars since 1973.

Capitol Hill police expect at least 20,000 protesters this morning---December 1, a historic turnout of pro-life and pro-abortion advocacy that will likely result in a larger crowd than any Supreme Court demonstration in the history of our country.

Will "Roe" be aborted, or will the gift of life continue to be snuffed out under the guise of "women's health care?"

Be informed, not misled.

Before there was a Supreme Court, there were the prophets.

Jeremiah (1: 5) said, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest out of the womb I sanctified thee and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

Last Sunday, pro-life leaders gathered in Jackson, Miss. to pray and ask God to guide the justices of the Supreme Court this week as they hear arguments in a Mississippi case that could upend Roe v Wade.

Speaking at the event, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) said, "Now I think too many politicians are afraid to say it, but I'll say it: Abortion is barbaric. Abortion is evil. It's probably the greatest evil of our day. Every single day America, thousands of children lose their God-given inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."


Why this case is different than other abortion cases.

The Christian Post has written an in-depth article on this matter. This is a summary.

The Supreme Court has reviewed several cases related to abortion since 1973's Roe v Wade. Other cases were related to late-term abortions, free speech rights of pro-life advocates, and restrictions on abortion providers based on ambulatory care or proximities to particular medical services, among other issues.

A major component of Roe was the issue of viability. In Dobbs (this case) the Supreme Court has agreed to address that question: "Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional."

That's significant because Roe forbids states from prohibiting abortion pre-viability. This prohibition is the very reason why lower courts have kept Roe in place.

For example, one of the judges that struck down Mississippi's law in the lower federal courts said, 

"In an unbroken line dating to Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court's abortion cases have established (and affirmed, and re-affirmed) a woman's right to choose an abortion before viability. States may regulate abortion procedures prior to viability so long as they do not impose an undue burden on the woman's right, but they may not ban abortion."

The fact that the US Supreme Court is revisiting "viability" shows that their decision will, in some way, impact Roe v Wade.

Possible outcomes.

There are several possible outcomes to this case.

1. They could strike down Mississippi's 15-week ban on abortion. 

If the Court should affirm the lower court's rulings, this would be a setback for those of us who are pro-life.

Pray that doesn't happen.

2. The Court could take a "middle " ground approach. 

If the Supreme Court rejects the lower court's ruling and upholds Mississippi's law, they could also uphold Roe. In 1973, the gestational age at which a child could generally survive outside the womb was seen as later in the development stage.

But there have been many advancements in neonatology since 1973. This would be an incremental victory for pro-life believers. It would get us closer to the goal but leave much work yet to do to deliver the unborn babies from evil.

3. Overturn Roe v Wade. 

If the Court sees reason---and it could happen with the new "Trump" Court, as Nancy Pelosi defines it,  Roe v Wade could be overturned by this case. In the event that would happen, the outcome would most likely be that regulatory power will return to the states, enabling them to outlaw abortion if they so choose.

The Christian Post article gives a profile on how each Justice could vote on this case.

Could it actually happen?

Former Vice President Mike Pence believes beyond a shadow of a doubt that on-demand abortion is one of the greatest injustices in America and throughout his entire political career he has staunchly advocated that a child is a gift from God.

Speaking to the National Press Club, he said, "We are asking the Court, in no uncertain terms, to make history. We are asking the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v Wade and restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law."

Pence said, "The Court's misguided decision in Roe v Wade has inflicted a tragedy not only on our nation but on humanity, that is hard to fathom. Its scale is unprecedented in the history of mankind."

Continuing, he said, 

"In the 48 years since the Court's ruling, unborn children been relegated into a caste of Second Class citizens devoid of the most basic human rights. Precious babies have lived outside the protection of the law, at the mercy of a culture and an abortion industry that has profited  from their suffering."

He quoted Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you," noting that Proverbs says "Rescue those being led away to death, hold back those staggering toward slaughter."

Does he think the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v Wade?

Here's what he said: 

"When the Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade---and I believe with all my heart that day will come, either now or in the near future---it will not come as a surprise to anyone. It will simply be the culmination of a 50-year journey whose course and destination have been set by the will of the American people."

The arguments before the Supreme Court begin today.

The Court will make its decision on the case in June.

Pence says, 

"I want to encourage conservatives, those here today and those across America, to be confident, to keep the faith and pray. The effective and fervent prayer of the righteous people availeth much. So I encourage each and every one of you, tomorrow and every day after to take  this matter to the throne of  Grace."


Be Informed. Be Engaged. Be Prayerful. Be Faithful.