Pro-life advocates have called for the quashing of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide, for nearly five decades and is optimistically looking forward to the pending Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This case could eventually overrule Roe.
Between now and the court’s ruling, expected by the end of the month, pro-life organizations are preparing to take the fight for life to the state level.
“After Roe, when abortion activists try to enshrine the so-called right to abortion, we need to be there even more than ever before — standing for women, children, and life,” said Catherine’s United for Life President Catherine. Glenn Foster at a “Life After Roe Symposium” hosted by The Heritage Foundation on Thursday. (The Daily Signal is The Heritage Foundation’s newscast.)
The event was intended to spark a conversation about the future challenges and opportunities of a post-Roe America.
“Wherever they try to enshrine the right to abortion in state law or get it off a state bank, we have to be there and fight back,” Foster said.
Kevin Roberts, president of The Heritage Foundation, made opening remarks at the event, where Foster and Ethics and Public Policy Center President Ryan Anderson joined him.
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Elk noted how important it is to continue action from the pro-life community once the Supreme Court rules in the Dobbs case.
“We are called to reclaim this land,” Roberts said. “We have the privilege and obligation to build this country to fulfill and realize what our founders have enshrined in the Declaration and the Constitution.”
Continuing the struggle for life, Roberts said, could also solve many other related problems, such as the increasing rate of fatherlessness at home and the national confusion surrounding the concept of what is male or female.
Anderson said the work to create a “culture of life” in America could begin once the issue of abortion gets back to the state level.
“Toppling Roe is the beginning of a new phase of the pro-life movement,” he said, noting that action at both the state and federal levels will remain crucial.
Foster outlined four things pro-life organizations should do once the Dobbs decision is made: encourage state attorneys general to enforce state laws restricting abortion; push for congressional action, such as preserving the Hyde Amendment (which prohibits the use of federal funding for most abortions) and opposing the Women’s Health Protection Act (which would effectively enshrine the right to abortion under federal law); demanding accountability from state legislators making decisions about abortion laws; and towards the abolition of abortion.
“We cannot accept half measures. We can’t stop until every life in America is protected,” Foster said.
Anderson spoke about the physical, spiritual, and emotional damage abortion causes to women across America.
“Abortion harms everything it touches. It doesn’t make anything better,” he said, describing the underlying cultural narrative that has led women over the past 50 years to believe that abortion is their only option for success.
We’ve built a whole culture, an economic system, an education system, and a society that assumes my body is the normal type and my wife’s body is somehow defective, so we need to sterilize her body so that she can compete in the market and the education system on an equal footing. That’s the lie behind Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Women need abortion to be identical.
Anderson noted that debunking the lie society has been telling women would reduce the demand for abortion and empower women to choose life. “We must end Planned Parenthood and this deadly violence in the womb,” he said. “But there are reasons why people think they need an abortion. Why is this demanded? We also have to respond to that.”
All speakers noted that pro-life Americans must deliberately advocate for pro-life policies in their states and have heartfelt conversations with their pro-choice friends and family to implement those policies.
“In a week, maybe two weeks,” Anderson said, referring to when the Dobbs decision is likely to be handed down, “we will have to convince our neighbors of all these truths and then enact laws, policies, and regulations to protect these children.” protect and protect these mothers.”
LifeNews Note: Evalyn Homoelle writes for The Daily Signal, where this article originally appeared.