By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
In an op-ed piece which appeared in Pennsylvania newspapers, lawyer Kathryn Kolbert, who argued the pro-abortion position in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey court case, states unequivocally, “If you think that the overruling of Roe v. Wade can’t happen, think again.” If that proves to be true, “abortion again will be a matter determined state-by-state.”
While Kolbert raises an objection to that, it would seem that, in a Republic such as the United States that is good news for the electorate. It would mean that the people actually elected to office–rather than a few appointed judges–would determine abortion policy.
In Pennsylvania, Kolbert surmises the state legislature will be able to outlaw or “further restrict abortion and given their current composition, they are likely to do so.” Again, since the representatives and senators are sent to Harrisburg by voters, this should be a welcomed outcome. The general public, which, according to national polls opposes most abortions, should be empowered to have a greater influence on abortion law.
Kolbert issues a rallying cry for voters to elect pro-abortion legislators this fall. But research indicates that, year in and year out, for those for whom abortion is the most important issue, pro-life voters have the advantage.
The key to victory November 6th will be turnout and enthusiasm–and a commitment to do everything possible to protect life at the polls.