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RIP Roe: Supreme Court abortion ruling sets stage for what pro-life groups do next

by Patricia R. Mills

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In getting rid of the confusion and injustice of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, cases that together have allowed more than 63 million lives to be lost to abortion, the Supreme Court hasn’t launched a revolution – no matter what Planned Parenthood and company are saying today.

The Dobbs decision is more like a factory reset in which all the legal settings are restored to their constitutional design.RIP Roe: Supreme Court abortion ruling sets stage for what pro-life groups do next

Abortion was not written into the Constitution in invisible ink, only to be “discovered” by seven men in 1973. And since the Supreme Court is supposed to be focused on what’s actually in our documents, it was a common sense of the “don’t run with scissors” variety that Roe had to go. Consider that our founders prioritized “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as goals among other inspirational rights – opportunities that are impossible to experience if you’re not alive.


Many focus on this line in the decision: “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” But even more exciting to those of us engaged legislatively is the line that “protecting the life of the unborn” is a legitimate state interest in health and safety regulations.

The pro-life crowd outside the court reacted to the Supreme Court decision.
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Given the dangers and health risks of abortion to women and certainly to the preborn, states have a right to act to preserve and protect the preborn and their mothers. A legitimate state interest in our lives has led to all kinds of laws, from speed limits to opioid restrictions. And many pro-life groups are lining up to help.

Americans’ desire for less abortion is well documented. Earlier this year, an SFLA’s Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement poll found that 8 in 10 millennials and Gen Z wanted to vote on abortion policy – something Roe prevented. For the engaged millennial and Gen Z activists I lead in a 50-state operation, it means bringing the abortion debate to a state capital near you.

Because more than 9 in 10 abortions occur by 12 weeks, Students for Life Action will prioritize early abortion limits, like protection at conception, heartbeat, and chemical abortion pill bills. With Roe’s false viability line gone, we can finally help many who can’t yet live outside the womb.

Before Roe, most states had limits on abortion, and already, 13 conditions are ready to restore humane policies. But there are still things to be done at the federal level. Just ask President Biden, who, within hours of the decision, rushed to say he wanted to “codify Roe,” which allowed abortion through all nine months and to expand chemical abortion pill distribution deserves though it’s an abuser’s dream drug and can cause women injury, infertility, and even death.


One thing you won’t see from leading pro-life groups are any efforts to prosecute women, something we’ve always opposed as we see her as a second victim undermined by a sales pitch that claims she is alone in the world and incapable of balancing both career and family – so stay at work. The laws will focus on billion-dollar enterprises with the business model of preying on women in a moment of great stress.

Pro-life demonstrators protested in front of the Supreme Court building on the day arguments were heard in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Washington, Dec. 1, 2021.
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The pro-life community and legislators will need to expand services to mothers and families as Texas did. Programs like SFLA’s Standing with You will be even more vital for women seeking information about federal, state, and local programs already in place.

Still, this transition to a more life-affirming culture will require struggle and commitment. Today’s generation has been made to feel that those who are not perfect enough are disposable and that people are the problem instead of the solution with incredible potential.

Women are told they can’t handle career and family, school and family, and urged to end the lives they carry, which certainly frees up policymakers from the hard work of providing needed support. People will need to demand more effort from complacent bureaucrats paid to solve problems, not add to our problems.


That accountability must include law enforcement, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, who has stayed almost silent as pro-choice domestic terrorists promise destruction. Our team is dealing with security concerns as never before, as threats of murder, arson, assault, and property damage are made against peaceful pro-life Americans.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks during a media availability at the Department of Justice on June 8, 2022, in Washington.
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But let’s get real; anyone who thinks sacrificing children will result in a peaceful society is completely ignorant about history lessons.

It took nearly 100 years from the end of the Civil War until the passage of the Civil Rights Act to achieve what Martin Luther King Jr. called a “positive peace.” That was achieved through great pain, marches, innocent victims, death threats, death bombings, and protests, the stinging pain of water hoses, bus freedom rides, and student-led lunch counter sit-ins resulting in days and weeks of jail time.

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