A Win for Life

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Opinion

Ronna McDaniel

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Posted: Jul 06, 2022 12:01 AM

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June 24th, 2022 was the day that millions of Americans have been working toward, praying over, and waiting on for decades: the day Roe v. Wade was overturned.

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson is a victory for life and corrects nearly 50 years of injustice against the unborn. The significance of this ruling cannot be underestimated. How we treat our most vulnerable says everything about our values and priorities. On June 24th, the court took a key step in reaffirming the right to life for those who cannot defend themselves.

The Court’s ruling is a testament to decades of dedication and hard work by those in the pro-life movement. It’s thanks to the men and women who stand outside abortion clinics praying and the crisis pregnancy centers that have faithfully served women and their babies without judgment. It’s a testament to the millions who knocked doors, marched for life, and ultimately voted for pro-life conservatives, that we got here today.

It’s also a credit to the Justices who stood firm in the face of unprecedented intimidation. In the weeks since the leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion, conservative Justices experienced threats and even an assassination attempt. But they remained firm through it all, bravely protecting the court’s judicial process from the political mob.

We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to President Donald J. Trump, who appointed three conservative justices during his term. Promises made, promises kept: after decades of dedicated work from the pro-life movement, President Trump carried the ball across the finish line.

We should also note the improvements in technology and science that have provided a window into the womb and helped us better understand fetal development. These advances have helped change hearts and minds to create a culture of life. It becomes much harder to support abortion on-demand, as the Democrat Party does, when science has proven that babies in the womb feel pain.

Let’s also clear something up: despite what radical left-wing activists might say, this ruling doesn’t make abortion illegal. Instead, it corrects an unconstitutional decision made nearly 50 years ago and sends the abortion question to the people to decide in state legislatures across the country, as it should’ve been in the first place. 

The 10th Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that powers not clearly outlined in the Constitution “are reserved to the States…or to the people.” As Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his deciding opinion, “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion.” In other words, this is how the system is designed: when contentious issues like abortion aren’t directly covered in the Constitution, it’s up to the American people.

That means the fight isn’t over. The battle for life now turns to the state level, and it will take faithful conservatives to protect life at every level of our society. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reorient our country towards a culture of life and family. We can’t miss this opportunity.

As the midterms approach, this is a moment to pause and consider a simple fact: elections have consequences. This victory came about because we elected Republican lawmakers and presidents in past elections. This November, by electing Republicans in the House and Senate, we can secure a brighter future for our country and our children. The alternative is a Democrat Party obsessed with providing abortion on-demand, with no limitations, on the taxpayers’ dime. 

It’s also a party led by political figures who don’t condemn using violence to maintain that extremist standard. Joe Biden has refused to directly condemn the attempt on Brett Kavanaugh’s life and has stayed largely silent as radical groups promise waves of violence against churches and pregnancy centers as a result of this ruling.

Today and every day, life matters – and so does your vote.