If you are an anti-abortion activist, the leaked Supreme Court document was like a detailed dream come true. It detailed a possible ruling that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and let US states ban abortion, which would make it easier for them to do so.
As for the dream: It’s just beginning to happen. So even as people celebrated, some said that there would be a lot of political fights if the national map became a patchwork of different abortion laws.
Southern Baptist author and pastor Daniel Darling wrote in a column for Baptist Press on Tuesday that “the end of Roe is only the beginning of saving unborn lives.” Darling is an advocate for abortion rights. After 50 years, “We can’t get tired.”
If you read Politico, you saw a leaked draft of an opinion from the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court confirmed that it was real, but it said that “it does not represent a court or member’s final position on the issues in the case.”
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, called the news that five of the court’s nine justices might back an opinion that would overturn the 1973 ruling “historic.”
He told their kids that if they made this decision, “millions of babies will be born.” She was overcome with emotion as she heard him say that.
Prepared for this for years, but there is still so much more we can do, says Hawkins, who has been an activist for 22 years. At the age of 15, she volunteered at a crisis pregnancy center in Steubenville, Ohio. Hawkins says that she has been an activist for 22 years.
Hawkins said that if Roe is overturned, she and her allies will try to get Republican-run states to quickly ban abortions. They will also step up their lobbying in Democratic strongholds like California and New York, where abortion is still legal.
He also wants to talk with Republican state officials about how to keep women in states with abortion bans from getting mail-order pills so they can get an abortion on their own. She also wants to talk about the possibility of a federal abortion ban if Republicans took both Congress and the presidency.
One of the leaders of Ohio Right to Life for the last 14 years is against a national ban. Because Congress isn’t very good at getting things done, “it’s not a good idea to run anything through our federal government.” It should be decided in our statehouses, not in the D.C. halls
Gonidakis said that even though some states have banned mail-order pills, some women in those states will still be able to get them through the internet.
“You can’t completely get rid of it,” he said. There is no way that we can go around knocking on everyone’s doors and looking at their internet. We have to change the way people think and act. We also have to win people over. In any case, he said that “We’ve been praying for this for a long, long time.”
An anti-abortion professor at the Catholic University of America said that if Roe was overturned, it would be a “very important victory” for the movement, but it would not be the end of its fights against the law, either.
“Women who live in states that have legal protections for preborn children could still get abortions in other states where the laws are more lenient,” he said in an email. “Pro-life analysts and strategists are likely to keep working on ways to keep women from getting abortions in other states for years to come.”
Julaine Appling, the president of Wisconsin Family Action, has been an anti-abortion activist for a long time. This year’s midterm elections could be a fight over abortion issues in her state. Before Roe, there was a law that could be used to punish people for crimes. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul says he won’t use it.
The pro-life movement in Wisconsin must be ready to help women who have unplanned pregnancies and their babies if the Supreme Court rules against Roe, Appling said. “We need to be ready for this election season so that we can stand up for babies and their mothers together.”
A tenacious pro-life movement that has been ridiculed, misunderstood, and derided has been vindicated, according to Darling’s piece in the Baptist Press.
There have been year after year of patient pro-life advocates marching in rain and snow to demand justice for the unborn.