“Oh, Happy Day”: Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

By Dave Andrusko

We had just completed the opening Prayer Breakfast where Catherine Davis had wowed the gathering and were half-way through pro-life bioethicist Wesley J. Smith’s riveting talk on “How the technocracy threatens the Sanctity of Life” when a  booming voice in back rang out” Roe is overturned.”

There was stunned silence….for all of a half-second. The audience knew the Supreme Court had decided Dobbs v. Women’s Health Organization in favor of the babies.

Some people wept, others looked toward heaven, and everyone clapped. My wife, Lisa, and I looked at each other and smiled.

Less than an hour later, I was taking notes on “Preparing for the 2022 elections.”

The point made over and over is that “Roe will be on the ballot,” as proabortion President Biden said today. Karen Cross, NRL Political Director, talked about how many political prognosticators are saying there will be a “red wave”—a great day for pro-life Republicans—but that “we have to make it a red wave.”

Biden called today’s 5-1-3 decision a “sad day for the court and for our country.” But for those right to lifers attending the  National Right to Life convention in Atlanta it was (to quote NRL’s General Counsel James Bopp, Jr.) a “glorious day.”

Nearly 50 years of patient, deliberate, and persistent effort had paid off for our Movement. As I heard repeated from the crowd “Oh Happy Day.”