U.S. Abortion Policy at Tipping Point 49 Years Post-Roe

By Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues

“Full of fresh hope” best describes the pro-life movement in the U.S. 49 years after abortion was imposed by the Supreme Court. As a new Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the state of Mississippi’s law to prohibit elective abortion after 15 weeks and states have enacted more restrictions in 2021 than at any time since the Court’s decision there is expectation that the extreme abortion policy of the U.S. will be amended to allow states to determine laws on abortion. 

In an opinion editorial published in the Washington Times Rep Chris Smith, Chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus:   

“Today, after decades of noble struggle and sacrifice, pro-life Americans are hopeful that government-sanctioned violence against children and the exploitation of women by abortion is nearing an end — although, in a very real way, the struggle to defend innocent human life now enters a critically important new phase.  

“The federal government and the states may soon have new authority to protect. 

“Protection for unborn children is at the tipping point.” 

Smith said, “By at least affirming the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law to prohibit elective abortion after 15 weeks—the Supreme Court may finally take a powerful step towards inclusion, respect and justice for the weakest and most vulnerable nearly fifty years after Roe.  

“In 1973, the Supreme Court abandoned women and babies to the multi-billion-dollar abortion industry, and almost 63.5 million unborn children have been killed — a staggering loss of children’s lives that is more than the entire population of Italy. 

“In 2022, the Supreme Court can begin dismantling the culture of death it has imposed on America.” 

Rep Smith warned that “a radically different, almost unrecognizable Mr. Biden has weaponized the entire federal bureaucracy to aggressively promote abortion on demand at home and overseas, including a full-court press to force taxpayers to fund abortion on demand — including repeal of the Hyde Amendment.” 

Pro-abortion organizations are worried. The Center for Reproductive Rights emailed supporters stating that Roe v. Wade is “hanging by a thread”. If the Supreme Court overturns or modifies the abortion decision, it is expected that 26 states would ban the killing of unborn babies in abortion according to pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. 21 states have current laws that would be enacted to ban abortion and another 5 states have a pro-life legislature that would act quickly to protect unborn children.     

Guttmacher states that it is “important to remember that Roe would not have to be overturned entirely to start the process of activating some trigger laws. If the Court weakens or undermines existing federal constitutional protections, that may be enough momentum for states to start implementing these bans.”