By Carol Tobias, president
Editor’s note. This column can be found on page 3 of the May edition of NRL News.
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The above assertion appeared in a draft, leaked to the press, of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson. If the final decision of the Supreme Court is similar to the draft, it will be a resounding victory for unborn children and their mothers.
What a time to be involved in the pro-life movement!
The draft from February may have had changes since then, and any justice can still change his or her vote. We shouldn’t assume anything until the final decision is issued. Having said that, if the final decision is close to the draft, our many years of hard work will have come to joyous fruition.
Overturning Roe v Wade does not make abortion illegal, but it does give us the ability to do more than we’ve been able to do in 50 years. It takes the decision regarding protections for unborn children out of the unelected courts and returns it to representatives elected by the people.
Supporters of abortion are, of course, up in arms about the potential outcome. The lies have already started– women whose lives are endangered by an ectopic pregnancy won’t be able to get medical help and will die; women will be jailed for getting an abortion; contraceptives are going to be banned; women will die from unsafe, illegal abortions, etc. The lies will come fast and furious.
Not all states are going to pass laws to protect unborn children. Unfortunately, several will still be open for business, even expanding their laws to provide for abortions up to birth, for any reason.
The abortion methods that are available today will still be available. So if abortion is safe now, it will be safe even if illegal. If abortions will be unsafe when illegal, then they are unsafe now.
And they truly are unsafe now.
Roughly half of all abortions are now done using the chemical abortion pill. The abortion industry, aided by the AMA, insists it is safe to send abortion pills into a woman’s home, without requiring a physical exam. If she is experiencing an ectopic pregnancy and it isn’t diagnosed, she very well could die. That disregard for women’s health is highly callous and irresponsible on the part of the abortion syndicate.
The media have certainly been in overdrive to cover this (hopefully) historic decision. Every news outlet has done multiple stories about how this would impact supporters and opponents of abortion, the medical profession, and even the country’s financial stability. We at National Right to Life have been interviewed multiple times.
A reporter with the New York Times asked me if this was a case of a dog catching the car. I said No. If a dog chases a car and catches it, he doesn’t know what to do with it. We do. NRLC and its affiliates are uniquely structured to deal with the new landscape. Our state affiliates and chapters know well the work that goes into electing pro-life candidates and passing pro-life laws, and doing their best to defeat pro-abortion laws.
If Roe is overturned, a state’s law on abortion will be in the hands of elected officials, as it was prior to 1973. Expect the November elections to be more contentious than ever. Pro-lifers have to be more active than ever, defending and working for pro-life candidates.
Pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is determined to pass the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would establish abortion for all nine months of pregnancy as a national law of the land. In fact, Schumer made the Senate vote twice on the bill– once on the original bill and again on a slightly modified version of the bill. But both would override almost every pro-life law in effect in the states.
Make sure your family and friends know where the candidates stand and get them out to vote. Congressional candidates endorsed by National Right to Life are listed at www.nrlvictoryfund.org/endorsements.
If the Court overturns Roe, we can’t win this tremendous victory, then turn around and lose elections. The babies and their mothers need our undivided attention and steadfast determination to make sure baby-friendly candidates win.
We’ve worked hard to get this far. Let’s not stop now!