Join Catholics around the country in Eucharistic Adoration on
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 when the Supreme Court hears the landmark pro-life case,
Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health
Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act protects the health and wellbeing of pregnant mothers, the life and dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession by limiting abortions after 15 weeks gestational age except in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality. By 15 weeks, a baby has a heartbeat, can move and kick, can sense movement outside the mother’s womb, has eyes and eyelids that are beginning to open, can hiccup, and can hear her or his mother’s heartbeat. The people of Mississippi understand that life is a human right and every life deserves to be protected. So, they chose to pass a law to protect unborn children and their mothers. Mississippi’s law is consistent with what more than 90% of countries worldwide already do. In fact, the United States is an extreme outlier in abortion law and policy, being one of only four countries, including China and North Korea, that allows the abortion of a child any time during a woman’s pregnancy. Shortly after Mississippi’s law was enacted in 2018, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi challenged the law. On May 17, 2021, the Supreme Court granted review of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The specific question the Court will answer is whether a state may enact limits on abortion before viability, i.e., when the baby is capable of living outside her mother’s womb. The Supreme Court will consider the correctness of its previous rulings in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which severely limit the ability of states to protect their interests in unborn life and maternal health. Notably, the State of Mississippi explains in its brief that neither the right to an abortion nor a viability line have any basis in constitutional text or history, and that the medical research into fetal development over the last half century establishes that states have a compelling interest in protecting unborn life at 15 weeks.
More than 80 friend-of-the-court briefs were filed with the Supreme Court in support of the Mississippi law—exceeding the amicus brief filings in an average case multiple times over and resulting in the most amicus briefs ever filed in support of a pro-life law.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
The U.S. Supreme Court should affirm that life is a human right and uphold Mississippi’s law.