By Carol Tobias
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We knew that if Roe v. Wade was overturned, we would still have many battles ahead of us. This hysteria surrounding the Dobbs decision over the last six weeks confirmed that our efforts to protect preborn children will not soon be over. Which is why we need every pro-lifer to be involved to an even greater extent.
To loosely paraphrase a famous typing exercise, “Now is the time for all pro-life men and women to come to the aid of our most defenseless brothers and sisters.”
We face large, well-funded adversaries. Working arm in arm with Democrats and bolstered by a friendly media, their goal is to see unlimited abortion in every state, or better yet in their minds, as a national law.
Over the last few months, many news articles focused on the number of states that would protect unborn children, how many would continue to allow abortion, and how many states could go either way.
Reminiscent of slave states and free states 200 years ago, it appeared we would have pro-abortion states and pro-life states. Some may have assumed the country would be happy with this split, but I knew pro-lifers would never give up until all states protected unborn children. I suspect our opponents were just as determined to have all states protecting abortion.
Over the past few years, 13 states enacted pro-life “trigger laws” which would go into effect as soon as, or soon after, Roe v Wade was overturned. Ten states had pro-life pre-Roe laws on the books which would presumably go back into effect when Roe was reversed. Five states had both, so a total of 18 states should have been able to protect unborn children soon after the Dobbs v Jackson decision was released.
Regrettably, judges in some states have enjoined pro-life laws. They are looking at the state constitution like a Rorschach inkblot test, interpreting the document to mean whatever they want it to mean.
The first states to address the possibilities post-Roe were Indiana and Kansas. On August 5, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation passed by the Indiana legislature to protect unborn children in the state. That law will take effect September 15.
Three days earlier, voters in Kansas rejected an effort to overturn an egregious state Supreme Court ruling. The court had determined that the state constitution, ratified in 1859, included the right to kill preborn children. The court decided that the state legislature was not even allowed to protect these little one from gruesome dismemberment abortions.
Using the established process to amend the constitution, pro-life people in Kansas and the state legislature placed a measure on the August 2 ballot that would have simply said that the right to abortion is not in the state constitution and state law would be decided by elected representatives in the legislature.
Much of the pro-abortion campaign against this effort told Kansans that voting yes would make abortion illegal—that all abortions would be banned—in the state, which wasn’t true. As we are seeing everywhere, women are being lied to, told that if they have an ectopic pregnancy or suffering a miscarriage, doctors will be unwilling to treat them, afraid that they will be charged with committing an abortion.
Such claims are, of course, ridiculous. As the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) clearly states, “There are no laws in any state in the United States which criminalize treatment of any of these conditions.”
We frequently see statements that women will be sent to jail for getting an abortion. National Right to Life was joined by more than 70 pro-life organizations, stating that we do not and will not support legislation that seeks to penalize women. Our goal is to save children by limiting the practice of abortion, working toward a day when abortion and all its ugliness is unthinkable.
But to get to that point, we need every pro-lifer involved in the battle. We need pro-life men and women elected to Congress and state legislatures. We need pro-life men and women elected to offices like governor, attorney general, and secretary of state.
If your favorite pro-life candidate didn’t win the primary election, support the pro-life candidate who did win. Or vote for the candidate who will prevent leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi from being in charge.
Please get involved with a campaign. Make phone calls, distribute campaign literature, share campaign information on your social media platforms, write letters to the editor (yes, people do still read newspapers!), and talk to your friends and neighbors.
Candidates need donations to fund their campaigns. I’m asking that, if you are able to donate or raise funds from others, you do so for the National Right to Life Victory Fund. Polling has shown that NRLC is extremely effective in getting out the vote for candidates. And we need your help to do that again.
Much is riding on this election. Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of our most defenseless brothers and sisters.
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