The sun has set on the Supreme Court this December afternoon marking the end of a remarkable, historic and encouraging day for all of us who champion and support the sanctity of life.
It’s likely we won’t know for sure until later this spring, but a majority of the justices appeared sympathetic to Mississippi’s right to limit abortion to 15 weeks’ gestation.
In fact, after nearly 50 years of abortion on demand, we’re looking at the very real possibility that the High Court may well decide to get out of the abortion business entirely, leaving the issue up to the democratic process.
Several conservative justices strongly challenged the wrong-headed argument of the abortion industry that the court should follow “precedent” in this case, even if the justices think Roe was wrongly decided.
“If we think that the prior precedents are seriously wrong … why then doesn’t the history of this court’s practice with respect to those cases tell us that the right answer is to return to the position of neutrality?” asked Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Precedent” was a major theme and one that liberals and pro-abortion activists love to talk about – that is until they find a Supreme Court precedent they don’t like and want overturned.
Just because a case has been wrongly decided for many years is no reason to keep upholding bad law. After all, schools were segregated for 58 years until the court reversed itself in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
One of today’s most understated but pointed questions came from Justice Clarence Thomas, has been adamant since dissenting in the Planned Parenthood v. Casey abortion decision in 1992 reaffirming Roe, that the Constitution does not contain or protect a “right” to abortion.
Justice Thomas’ questioning this morning directly asked counsel defending Roe and Casey to tell him where they believed the “right” came from.
They provided no satisfactory answer – because there is none.
Keep in mind that if the court overturns Roe and Casey, that won’t by itself outlaw abortion. Instead, it will place the abortion issue into the hands of the people and their elected representatives in each state. We will still have hearts and minds to convince about the sanctity of life. But being freed from the shackles of Roe will give Christians and pro-life Americans the opportunity to make the case to protect preborn life in ways that we are unable to do so at the moment.
The justices will meet later this week in conference to cast their votes. Decisions will be assigned and the writing and waiting will begin.
Please pray for the justices as they consider this case and begin to write opinions.
In the midst of fierce fighting during World War II, as the Allies finally began to gain some traction, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill remarked:
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
Please pray with me that the Dobbs case will be the beginning of the end for abortion in this country.