Updated: May 16
A letter from Reprotection’s CEO on the recent Supreme Court news…
I woke up this morning to the incredible news that a preliminary Supreme Court draft had been leaked to the press regarding their highly anticipated decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The decision impacts the fate of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which made abortion legal in the United States in 1973.
The leaked draft, written by Justice Alito, indicates a complete overturning of the Roe precedent, saying “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.” In Politico’s coverage of the story, they described the draft majority opinion as a “full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision.”
Although the draft implies a full victory for the pro-life movement, we will not know the Court’s final decision until the official ruling is made sometime this summer. However, we now have high hopes of a complete reversal of the barbaric abortion decision.
But simply because Roe v. Wade is overturned does not mean our work is over. It is only just beginning…
If the draft is in fact true, the decision on how to regulate abortion will lie completely in the hands of individual states. The states’ allowances will range from a complete ban on abortion to “abortion sanctuary” states, where abortion access is protected by state law. And most states will fall somewhere in the middle with certain limits.
Reprotection’s work focuses on state enforcement of abortion regulations. We hear of cases every day of abortion businesses breaking the laws that are already in place. Reprotection formed as an answer to the national problem of lousy abortion law enforcement on a state level. Simply put, abortionists have no qualms about breaking laws.
In states that completely ban abortion – if abortion is illegal, we anticipate abortion businesses will disregard the state’s decision and continue practicing unlawfully. And we will be there to hold them accountable.
In states will full abortion access – we’ve seen abortionists disregard laws like HIPAA (patient privacy), OSHA (employee safety), and other general medical laws that have no tie to abortion regulations. And we will be there to hold them accountable.
And in the states that fall in the middle – we will be there to ensure the laws on the books are enforced properly and continue to work to shut down the abortion industry altogether.
The Bottom Line – Reprotection’s work is needed now more than ever. We will still need to help pro-life advocates protect women and children from harm by investigating and shutting down dangerous abortion businesses.
The overturning of Roe v. Wade is a monumental victory for the pro-life movement and is the result of the faithful work of so many life advocates. But it is just one step in our overall victory. We must continue to fight to shut down every single abortion business and make our nation abortion-free.