In an interesting turn of events, the tide has definitely changed in favor of those fighting to protect babies in the womb. There are a few reasons for this, besides God intervening, which include the nomination and confirmed 3 Supreme Court Justices, made by former President Donald J.Trump.
With more conservatives on the Supreme Court weighing in on a high-profile case that could unwind Roe v. Wade—and, with it, the “Constitutional right to abortion”—conservative state lawmakers are proactively introducing bills aimed at limiting abortion at the state level.
Republicans in at least nine states have proposed six-week abortion bans that mimic Texas’s civilian-enforced law that led to a 60 percent drop in abortions in its first month. Two additional states proposed trigger bans, although none of these bills have been advanced.
At least three more, Florida, Arizona, and West Virginia are considering laws that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, modeled on the Mississippi law at the center of the Supreme Court case. The Mississippi law will be debated at the Supreme Court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Each state has passed the ban in at least one chamber and appears set to sign it into law in the coming weeks.
Susan Liebel, state director of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said the bans show legislators in these states “have an expectation that the Supreme Court’s decision will, at a minimum, uphold a ban on abortion after 15 weeks.”
“An overwhelming majority of Americans reject abortion extremism and support these common-sense limits,” Liebel told the Washington Free Beacon. “We have great hope that all states will soon be able to enact the consensus of their people, while the pro-life movement continues striving for the day when all children and their mothers are protected in our laws.”
If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, states would be able to restrict abortion prior to fetal viability, which is considered roughly 24 weeks, though recent research shows fetuses can feel pain as early as 12 weeks.
Even if the court only weakens Roe, it could be enough to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week ban. By setting viability at 15 weeks, the Court could keep Roe intact while still upholding the Mississippi law.
Republican-led states are prepared for either scenario. A dozen states have “trigger bans” in place that outlaw abortion if Roe is overturned. Another five states have pre-Roe bans that would be reenacted if the decision is overturned.
Polling data show 65 percent of Americans believe abortion should usually be illegal in the second trimester, which begins at 14 weeks. At 15 weeks, fetuses have all their major organs and can respond to taste and touch.
In what is shocking to those on the pro-life side, Florida has remained one of the top states for late-term abortions, with nearly a thousand after 20 weeks in 2019. In 2020, the state had more than 3,000 abortions past 15 weeks, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said the passage of 15-week bans and the introduction of more aggressive restrictions show a “tremendous amount of excitement among the pro-life grassroots” ahead of the Dobbs decision.
“After five decades, a lot of frustration has built up among the American people and their elected representatives precisely because Roe robbed them of their say in protecting vulnerable life in their state,” Mancini told the Free Beacon.
The Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs is expected later this year.