After a prayer rally outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington on October 4, Students for Life of America and the Justice Foundation released the “Moral Outcry Petition,” a call for the court to overturn its decision Roe v. Wade of 1973 legalizing abortion nationwide.
More than half a million Americans signed the petition, which consisted of two huge scrolls filled with signatures.
“Every child, born or unborn, has the inalienable right to life given by God,” said Tina Whittington, executive vice president of Students for Life of America, an organization that she says “stands with hundreds of thousands of signatories calling on the Supreme Court to do the right thing and protect the lives of unborn children.
âThe pro-life generation will not rest until abortion is abolished and made unthinkable,â she said.
The Justice Foundation said in a statement that the petition âassumes that American citizens do not accept abortion as the law of the land. Especially now that every state has passed safe haven laws, the âunwanted childâ argument of the pro-abortion lobby is no longer valid. “
Shelter laws generally allow the parent, or an agent of the parent, to remain anonymous and free from criminal liability and prosecution for endangering, abandoning or neglecting a child in exchange for handing over the baby to a shelter.
Pro-life supporters argue that these laws provide a free and safe alternative to abortion for needy pregnant women who feel they could not care for a newborn baby.
“This is an unprecedented moment in our fight to end abortion,” added Whittington. “With a decision on Dobbs v. Jackson, the pro-life movement may soon see at least the partial overthrow of Roe v. Wade.”
On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Dobbs case, which is an appeal by Mississippi to maintain its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Supporters of the law urge the court to reconsider its previous abortion rulings, including Roe v. Wade.
If the court overturns Roe, that decision would not make abortion illegal throughout the United States, but would send the matter back to the states for determination.
For 15 years, Whittington said, Students for Life of America “has been preparing for a post-Roe America, and the Moral Outcry petition reflects the many Americans who fought and prayed for the protection of the unborn law – and who are now standing. ready to serve mothers and families.
October 4 was the first day of the High Court’s new term, and pro-life advocates and supporters of legal abortion gathered along the streets outside or near the courthouse to rally to their side on the question of abortion.
Two days earlier in Washington, supporters of legal abortion marched for âAbortion Justice,â rallying at Freedom Plaza in Washington before going to the Supreme Court.
Organizers said some 600 “sister marches” were held across the country to protest a new Texas law that bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and to pressure the Supreme Court to defend it. “reproductive rights” and keep Roe intact.
“The ‘March of Women’ does not speak for me or for the millions of women who value human life – it is completely out of step,” wrote Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, in an opinion piece published on 2 october on http://www.foxnews.com.
âThis year’s March of Women is not about following science or anything that uplifts women or humanity. When we walk for life each year in January, we welcome all human beings, especially pregnant women and their unborn children, âshe said.
If anyone expected the Oct. 2 event to be a rally “that welcomes all women,” they instead found “a monolith of thought almost exclusively focused on pro-abortion ideology,” said Mancini.
Walkers and event organizers, she added, “make no effort to keep up with emerging science regarding embryonic development,” and they “draw no line between early abortions and procedures. which result in infanticide “.
Recognizing “equal rights for unborn women”, she added, “unfortunatelyâ¦ is not making its way into the political platform”.
Mancini also noted that in the nearly 50 years since the Roe v. Wade, “medical science has made amazing progress.”
“We now know that a baby’s heart starts beating around five weeks old, and a recent study found that babies can feel pain as early as 12 weeks,” she said. “These findings and many more should shape our approach to abortion, especially after 15 weeks, but abortion advocates are stuck in the past.”
She called the 15-week limit in Mississippi’s abortion law “a modest limit.”
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