Today is a great day of rejoicing and celebration! The U.S. Supreme Court this morning overturned Roe v. Wade, righting a grievous wrong that led to the killing of 65 million innocent preborn children.
Roe was decided in 1973, ironically, by nine men.
But today the high court overruled that 49-year-old decision and completely returned the issue of permitting or prohibiting abortion back to the people, and their elected representatives. Under the U.S. Constitution, that’s where it should have always belonged.
The five justices in the majority held the following: “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.”
Today’s ruling is the culmination of 49 years of work that the pro-life movement has dedicated to saving preborn lives and promoting the health of women.
Without the unending and unwaving activism of millions of pro-life supporters, today’s great victory never would have happened.
Today is a victory for the millions of pro-life supporters who have taken part in the annual March for Life, which first began the year after Roe was decided. The first march was held in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 1974, with around 20,000 supporters.
Since then, the March has continued to grow, with hundreds of thousands of people making the annual pilgrimage to D.C.
Today is a victory for Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life, who died back in 2012.
Today is a victory for John Wilkie, who was widely considered the founder of the pro-life movement. Wilkie was a Catholic doctor who pioneered pro-life work in the 1960s, and founded the Life Issues Institute in 1991.
Wilkie passed away in 2015, and intriguingly, and correctly, did not believe he would live to see the reversal of Roe in his lifetime. Just seven years later, Wilkie’s life work to protect the lives of preborn children has reached a culmination today.
Today is a victory for Joe Scheidler, the “godfather of pro-life activism” who worked for five decades to oppose abortion by protesting at abortion clinics and salvaging fetal remains from dumpsters near abortion “clinics” so they could be buried and remembered.
Today is a day of victory for the thousands of pro-life advocates who have given countless hours of their lives by volunteering at pregnancy resource centers.
Today is a day of victory for those who have given hundreds of millions of dollars to pregnancy resource centers over the past 49 years.
Today is a day of victory for all those who have spent time praying outside of Planned Parenthoods and other abortion clinics.
Today is a day of victory for all Americans who have voted for pro-life politicians over the years, including for former President Donald Trump, who nominated three of the Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe today: Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
Today is a day of victory for the legislators in the state of Mississippi who crafted and passed the 15-week abortion ban, which was the law that was upheld in today’s Supreme Court decision and led to Roe’s reversal.
Today is also a great day of victory for the millions of preborn children who will now be given the chance to live over the coming years and decades.
To all pro-life supporters and people of good will, today is a day of rejoicing and celebration! Congratulations, and recognize the great victory that the pro-life movement has won.
Today’s victory is yours!
To read Focus on the Family’s President Jim Daly’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision this morning, click here.
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