The fight for abortion to come to an end might finally have a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
Over 200 members of Congress are putting their support behind a petition that they hope results in the Supreme Court reviewing Roe v. Wade and eventually overturning it. The lawmakers, led by House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and including two Democrats, have signed an amicus brief led in a Louisiana abortion case which is set to be heard by the Supreme Court this spring.
One America News Network reports:
In their petition lawmakers are advising the court to take up Roe v. Wade again and, if appropriate, should overrule the entire case. The document claims the right to abortion is “unworkable” and that the ruling has set a precedent, which has proven “radically unsettled.” The Supreme Court made Roe v. Wade law in a landmark 1973 ruling, deeming restrictive state regulation of abortion unconstitutional.
The new petition seeks to grant legal control over abortion to the states. The measure reflects a law brought-forth by Louisiana lawmakers in 2014, requiring doctors be given “admitting privileges” before performing an abortion.
“The pro-choice side is saying that’s too restrictive…the pro-life side is saying, actually it’s good to know a doctor has these admitting privileges because that means he’s been checked out by the hospital.that means he’s not grossly incompetent or has something horrible in his record.” explained Paul Strand, Washington, D.C. journalist.
Critics also suggest the bill is designed to close abortion clinics altogether. This comes after the nation’s highest court turned down an identical bill in Texas in 2016 after claiming the law imposed an “undue burden” on women’s rights.
Louisiana’s proposal will be the first abortion case presented to justices since President Trump added two Republican justices to the bench. Hearings are expected to be held in March.
Should the Supreme Court review Roe v. Wade and it lead to the decision being overturned, this would put the issue of abortion back into the hands of the states. This is not anywhere near close to full abolition, but it would certainly undermine the perceived legal basis for abortion in the United States.
And the states have been preparing for the possibility. In many states, like Louisiana, Mississippi, and North and South Dakota, there would be an immediate ban on all abortion were Roe overturned, while there are other states like California, Oregon, and Nevada that have existing laws that explicitly protect abortion rights in this event.
We’d rather see calls for a complete federal ban on abortion, yes, but we can nonetheless appreciate these members of Congress for their courage in standing up to the progressive, death-obsessed left. Pray that we see what would surely be a key victory in the spring when this case goes before the high court.
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