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What You Need to Know About One of the Biggest Abortion Cases Since Roe v. Wade

November 9, 2021

Did you know that the United States is one of only four countries that allow abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy?

And we’re not in very good company, considering that lumps us in with the likes of China and North Korea.

On the other hand, 75% of countries worldwide do not permit elective abortion past 12 weeks gestation.

So, when Mississippi passed a state law doing just that—limiting abortion after 15 weeks—it really was nothing extreme. In fact, Mississippi’s law is in line with the majority of the world.

But that’s not what pro-abortion activists would have you believe. Not long after the law passed, it was labeled as “extreme” and challenged in court. Now, that case has made it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Let’s take a deeper look at this case, one of the biggest abortion cases at the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade.

Who: Mothers and Unborn Children

Laws like Mississippi’s protect not only unborn children but also women’s health and well-being.

At just 15 weeks babies can move around the womb and have a strong heartbeat. It’s also likely that they can feel pain at this point—which abortion undoubtedly inflicts.

The Mississippi law also recognizes that all women deserve beneficial health care, not unnecessary and life-threatening procedures such as abortion. What is often left unsaid about late-term abortions is that they put women at risk of facing severe complications, trauma, or even death. Mississippi’s law protects them mentally, emotionally, and physically.

What: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

The Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe in 1973. Since then, more than 60 million unborn children have lost their lives to abortion.

The past 50 years have also seen huge advances in prenatal medicine and technology. While viability (the point at which a baby can survive outside the womb) was widely considered to be between 24-28 weeks gestation in 1973, it is now considered to be between 21-22 weeks gestation.

The reality is that our federal abortion laws are stuck in the past. So, it makes sense that Mississippi would want its state law to reflect our modern scientific knowledge. Ultrasounds and these developmental characteristics we know today such as fetal heartbeat, movement, and sensing pain weren’t widely known or available back in the day of Roe. And that’s why it passed a law limiting abortions after 15 weeks in gestational age, permitting them only in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality.

It shouldn’t have been too controversial, given that most Americans support commonsense laws like Mississippi’s.

Yet pro-abortion activists were quick to challenge the law. And now, the Supreme Court will determine whether states can pass laws that protect life from abortion before an unborn baby is viable.

When: May - Present

A Mississippi abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, challenged Mississippi’s law in 2018, shortly after it was passed. In June 2020, Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to weigh in after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that states cannot pass laws like Mississippi’s limiting abortion before the point of viability.

Thankfully, in May 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, and oral arguments will take place on December 1st.

Where: Mississippi

Mississippi passed the law in 2018 and has been defending it in court ever since.

Why: Every Human Life Is Valuable and Deserves to Be Protected

Obviously, abortion ends the life of an unborn child. And we must take a stand to protect the most vulnerable among us. But unborn children are not abortion’s only victim. Mothers who obtain abortions experience trauma, mental and physical illnesses, infertility, and, in some cases, even death.

The Bottom Line

Every life is precious and needs to be protected from harm. And abortion can only bring pain and suffering.


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