Editor’s note. Last July, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and the Mississippi congressional delegation led 228 Members of Congress—44 Senators and 184 Members of the House of Representative—in submitting an amicus brief arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should affirm the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks.
On the steps outside the Supreme Court today during oral arguments before the Justices on Dobbs v. Jackson, Rep. Smith, Co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said the following:
“Injustice need not be forever. By affirming the Mississippi law, the Supreme Court can make a powerful step towards inclusion and justice and respect for the weakest and most vulnerable. 
“In 1973, the Supreme Court abandoned women and babies to what is now the multi-billion-dollar abortion industry and respect for the weakest and most vulnerable.
“Shockingly, since the infamous 1973 decisions legalizing abortion-on-demand, more than 62.5 million unborn children have been killed—a staggering loss of children‘s lives that equates with the entire population of Italy.
“Abrogating both duty and due diligence, the 1973 Court wrote: ‘we need not resolve the difficult question of when human life begins.’ Sidestepping that threshold question and giving no benefit of any doubt to the child, they went on to legalize and enable abortion on demand as if the baby was a tumor to be excised or a disease to be vanquished.
“For decades, right up to this very moment, abortion advocates have gone to extraordinary lengths to ignore, trivialize, and cover up the battered baby victim. But today, thanks to ultrasound, unborn babies are more visible than ever before.
“Why does dismembering a child with sharp knives, pulverizing a child with powerful suction devices, or chemically poisoning a baby with any number of toxic chemicals, fail to elicit so much as a scintilla of empathy, mercy or compassion from the so-called pro-choice crowd?
“Today, science informs us that birth is an event—albeit a very important one—but an event in the life of a child. It is not the beginning of life.
“Modern medicine today also treats unborn children with disability or disease as a patient in need of diagnosis and treatment. There has been an explosion in interventions that have saved children’s lives and mitigated many problems that they may face when the disability, for example, was not diagnosed and treated early.
“Unborn babies are society’s youngest patients and deserve benign, life-affirming medical interventions. All unborn babies deserve our respect and our love, not death by abortion.
“Someday future generations of Americans will look back on us and wonder how and why such a rich and seemingly enlightened society, professing to being devoted to human rights, so blessed and endowed with the capacity to protect the weakest and most vulnerable, could have instead so aggressively promoted death to children and the exploitation of women by abortion.
“Injustice need not be forever. By affirming the Mississippi law, the Supreme Court can make a powerful step towards inclusion and justice and respect for the weakest and most vulnerable.
“A 2021 Marist poll found that 65 percent of Americans want Roe v. Wade reinterpreted by either sending the issue back to the States, or to stop legalized abortion.
“The Dobbs case also underscores the radically extreme abortion policies in the United States compared to abortion laws around the world. The US stands with China, North Korea, Vietnam, Canada, Netherlands (24 weeks) and Singapore (24 weeks) in allowing abortion on demand after 20 weeks.
“Most countries however have laws that protect children in the womb from elective abortion after the first trimester, if not sooner. The Center for Reproductive Rights, while arguing against Mississippi’s ban at 15 weeks, details the world’s abortion laws on its World Abortion Laws map listing the 72 countries worldwide that allow ‘abortion on request’ explaining the ‘most common gestational limit for countries in this category is 12 weeks.’”
 In Dobbs v. Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court granted review to a challenge of a Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks gestation. The Court will consider whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional. This question gives the Court the opportunity to reconsider the abortion precedents preventing states from passing laws to protect an unborn baby before viability that were established in the Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision
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