On the west steps of the Capitol building on January 22, 1974, 20,000 people came together to stand against the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, decided exactly one year earlier.
In a 7-2 decision, the Court had announced that the Constitution contained a right to abortion until the third trimester of pregnancy. A companion case decided the same day, Doe v. Bolton, further expanded this right to abortion up to the moment of birth, for almost any reason whatsoever.
But that was 50 years ago. Since then, medicine and technology have advanced by leaps and bounds, enabling us to save some babies born even as early as 21 weeks, and revealing that unborn children can feel pain as early as 12 weeks gestation. No doubt pain is inflicted during the gruesome process of abortion.
The facts on which Roe was decided have changed. It’s time the law of the land did, too. That’s why thousands are joining us to march for life today.
It’s time Roe v. Wade was overturned.
On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Mississippi Solicitor General Scott Stewart spoke these opening words to the Justices: “Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey haunt our country. They have no basis in the Constitution. They have no home in our history or traditions. They've damaged the democratic process. They've poisoned the law. They've choked off compromise. For 50 years, they've kept this Court at the center of a political battle that it can never resolve. And 50 years on, they stand alone. Nowhere else does this Court recognize a right to end a human life.”
Mr. Stewart is right. The Constitution protects the right to life—not a woman’s ability to take the life of her unborn child. Furthermore, Roe has upended the democratic process by robbing the American people of voting on the issue themselves on a state-by-state basis.
In 2021, Gallup found that a whopping 47% of U.S. adults consider themselves pro-life. The issue remains highly contested and is in no way settled. Science and medicine continue to advance, and our understanding of how a baby develops in the womb continues to grow. In fact, most Americans don’t support abortion after 15 weeks.
We now know that at just 15 weeks of age, unborn babies have a heartbeat, have fully formed organs and limbs, and can even taste what their mother eats. That’s an incredible amount of information that we didn’t know back in 1973. Yet our laws remain stuck in the past. In fact, the United States is one of only six nations that permit abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy—along with North Korea and China.
That’s why we all need to make our voices heard and demand that change happens.
For nearly 50 years, hundreds of thousands have joined in March for Life’s mission, and that number grows every year. This year, make your voice heard with thousands of others to end abortion and celebrate life.
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