With the recent decision by the Supreme Court to nullify Roe v. Wade and effectively end federally protected abortion rights, the pro-life movement is back in full swing and ready to take on the challenge of ending abortion in all states.
Overturning Roe V. Wade was a step in the right direction
For those who believe that life begins at conception and that innocent lives should not have to be killed for any reason under the sun, the overturn of Roe v. Wade was a culmination of a decades-long pursuit by the pro-life movement that finally became successful.
What was most interesting about Roe v. Wade was that it was essentially the Supreme Court legislating from the bench. There was no federal law in effect protecting abortion rights, and all it took was a few justices with a backbone to call it how they saw it. What they saw was a state’s issue that had been usurped decades earlier by a radical Supreme Court.
The role of the Supreme Court is not to legislate
Roe v. Wade was unconstitutional as soon as the decision was rendered because the federal court had no grounds to make such a decision. It is not the role of the Supreme Court to legislate. What the Supreme Court is responsible for is interpretation of existing laws. There were no federal laws in place because of the Tenth Amendment. As Justice Samuel Alito stated best, Roe v. Wade was “an abuse of judicial authority.”
Why the Tenth Amendment Matters
The Tenth Amendment is as follows, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In other words, unless given power through the constitution, the federal government has no authority to involve itself in abortion as the issue has not been granted to it in the Constitution.
Roe v. Wade was an attempt to subvert this fact by claiming the “right to privacy.” Instead of seeing it for what it was and not ruling on the abortion issue as they were supposed to do, the radical Supreme Court at the time decided they would legislate from the bench and make it a federal issue.
Why was Roe v. Wade overturned now?
The answer to this question is that the Supreme Court justices finally decided to do their job to protect and defend the Constitution. The justices up until then were smart enough to know that the Constitution did not give the federal government the power to do anything about the issue of abortion but decided to keep it in the name of “precedence.”
Precedence should not allow something that is wrong to continue
Just because some justices refused to correct their wrongdoings doesn’t mean a decision like Roe v. Wade should be the law of the land for 50 years. What is even worse is that it was used in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the right to have an abortion based on the previous ruling.
Justices Rehnquist and Scalia got it right in Planned Parenthood v. Casey
The 1992 Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v. Casey all but enshrined abortion as if it were in the Constitution, but it simply was not. Both Justice William Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia got it right in their dissenting opinions, stating that Roe v. Wade was incorrectly decided and that an abortion right was not in the Constitution. It would take another 30 years before the Supreme Court finally decided that they were on to something.
Roe v. Wade must not be codified into law
In order for the pro-life movement to continue its momentum, Congress cannot and should not codify Roe v. Wade into law. It is clear that the federal government does not have a say when it comes to abortion rights, and it should remain that way with the recent ruling on Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.
What the pro-life movement can do moving forward
While there is cause for celebration within the pro-life movement, it must realize that this is only the beginning. In order to truly protect the unborn there must be further measures taken, not only within the realm of abortion but outside of it as well.
Abortion is not something that should be desired
One of the first measures is to help everyone see that abortion is not something that women should feel as “desirable” or “good.” The process of an abortion is quite gruesome and can leave mental scars on women for years. It is not the only option that women should consider when it comes to unplanned pregnancies for instance.
Create a better environment for children to grow up in
It is one thing to be pro-life and against the death of innocent children, but what is being done to ensure the children that are not aborted are in a safe and loving environment? That funding is provided to foster care homes and the process of adoption is made in a more efficient manner for those who choose to do so? The pro-life movement should strive towards creating a better environment within all of America for children to grow up in.
More emphasis should be placed on contraceptives
While there is debate within the pro-life movement on the use of contraceptives, what is important to note is that it is one of the best ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies from happening. Not all contraceptives are bad and should be frowned upon, and it is not encouraging more women to get pregnant. It is simply an option for individuals to consider and frowning upon it only creates more resentment and greater usage of them.
More funding should be put towards proper sex education for students
There are many cases of abortion that have come as the result of unexpected pregnancies in teenagers, and as such more funding should be put towards properly educating them on sex and all that it entails. This type of education is sorely lacking in many public and private schools these days, and more of it is needed.