National Right to Life on the Role of the Federal Government Post-Dobbs

WASHINGTON – On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In the Court’s judgment, elected representatives—not the courts—can enact abortion-related policies. These policies include protecting both preborn children and their mothers.

In the President’s Column for the June issue of NRLNews, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias outlines the “unique and transformative role” the federal government has on the abortion issue.

“Most pro-life laws and policies are being enacted at the state level,” writes Tobias. “However, the federal government, from the executive branch to the U.S. Congress, is uniquely positioned, and has both the opportunity and the responsibility, to protect the most vulnerable members of the human family.”

Tobias continues, “[W]e urge all lawmakers, as well as candidates for Congress and the presidency, to embrace the unique and transformative role the federal government has in advancing life-affirming policy in the United States.”

The article includes several ways the federal government can work to protect preborn babies and their mothers, including:

• Ensuring that no taxpayer dollars are used to pay for abortion or subsidize health plans that cover or promote abortion, either in the U.S. or in other countries, and eliminating to the extent possible taxpayer funding of abortion providers.

• Requiring the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to collect meaningful data and publish reports on abortion in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, (e.g., the number of abortions performed, the age of the mother and preborn child, complications and deaths arising from such procedures.)

• Protecting the conscience rights of health care personnel and entities who do not wish to perform or participate in any part of the abortion process.

The complete article can be found here.

Reporters interested in speaking with Carol Tobias or another spokesperson on this or other issues, please contact the Communications staff at mediarelations@nrlc.org.