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2022: the year when Dobbs v. Jackson gave life a second chance

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When I review my life, the year 2022 will definitely be a highlight.

For years, I had told students and retirees, teachers and health care workers that the tragic 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade would be overturned in our lifetime. At the time, it seemed like a bold prediction—after all, Roe had been the law of the land for decades.

But I remembered the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor—that Roe was on a collision course with itself. And I had heard Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lament the flaws of the ruling she supported. I had also seen where even the leaders of pro-abortion groups had expressed the belief that Roe someday would be tossed out.

I will always recall with fondness June 24, 2022, when I heard that Roe had been discarded into the ashbin of history. It was a surreal moment, and I was quite surprised when tears welled up in my eyes as I congratulated a National Right to Life staffer on this incredible victory.

I happened to be at the National Right to Life Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, when I heard the announcement on television. I had sensed that the ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson case might come down that day, and so I had stayed in my hotel room, my eyes glued to the TV, awaiting word.

Shortly after the announcement, I ended up doing an interview with a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania television affiliate via Zoom. I was beside myself with happiness, knowing that future generations would not be legally shackled by Roe.

There are children alive today who would not have been, had the decision gone the other way. So we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to those who worked tirelessly and heroically to make the overturn of Roe happen.

To the staff, board of directors, chapter leaders, and volunteers of National Right to Life and its 50 state affiliates throughout the country: Thank you for making a miracle happen. 2022 was historic, and you helped to make that a reality.

So I encourage you to pause and celebrate the year that was—the year when life was given a second chance. We are witnesses to an historic revolution of tenderness and hope which simply cannot be stopped.

In 2022, the landmark Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing debate over abortion rights in the United States, potentially providing a new opportunity to revisit and reshape the legal landscape surrounding reproductive rights. The case, originating from Mississippi, centered on a state law that sought to ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, challenging the precedent established by Roe v. Wade and subsequent decisions.

The significance of Dobbs v. Jackson lies in its potential to reevaluate and potentially overturn long-standing legal precedents that have shaped abortion rights in the United States for decades. With a newly constituted Supreme Court and growing conservative influence on the bench, the case presented an opportunity for proponents of abortion restrictions to advance their agenda and potentially roll back protections established under Roe v. Wade.

For advocates of abortion rights, Dobbs v. Jackson represented a looming threat to reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy, raising concerns about the erosion of established rights and access to essential healthcare services for millions of individuals across the country. The outcome of the case had the potential to have far-reaching consequences, not only for women’s reproductive rights but also for broader issues of equality, privacy, and healthcare access.

However, regardless of the ultimate decision reached by the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson, the case served as a catalyst for renewed activism and advocacy on both sides of the abortion debate. It galvanized supporters of abortion rights to mobilize and defend hard-won protections, while energizing opponents of abortion to push for greater restrictions and limitations on the procedure.

In this sense, Dobbs v. Jackson can be seen as a moment of reckoning for the United States, prompting a national conversation about the fundamental rights and values at stake in the abortion debate. It underscored the importance of judicial appointments, the role of the courts in shaping public policy, and the enduring significance of reproductive rights as a cornerstone of individual freedom and equality.

Ultimately, whether viewed as a setback or an opportunity, Dobbs v. Jackson highlighted the ongoing struggle for reproductive justice and the need for continued vigilance and advocacy to protect and expand access to abortion care for all individuals, regardless of their circumstances or beliefs. As the debate continues to evolve, the legacy of Dobbs v. Jackson will endure as a reminder of the enduring significance of reproductive rights in the United States and the ongoing fight to ensure that every person has the ability to make their own choices about their bodies and their futures.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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