Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:
Rescuing babies from abortion
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What is the Dobbs case?
On December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case challenging Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act. This law protects the health of pregnant mothers, the dignity of unborn children, and the integrity of the medical profession by limiting abortions after 15 weeks in gestational age, permitting them only in medical emergencies or for severe fetal abnormality.
How Dobbs challenges current abortion law
Mississippi’s law highlights a conflict between the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade and the Court’s repeated affirmation that states have a legitimate interest in limiting abortion and protecting “vulnerable and innocent life” from the moment of conception.
If the Supreme Court decides that Mississippi’s commonsense law is constitutional, it will upend Roe v. Wade, freeing states to enact abortion laws based on the wishes and values of their citizens, most of whom oppose abortion.
Why ADF supports Mississippi’s law
It protects unborn children. At 15 weeks, unborn babies have a heartbeat, can move around and kick, sense and respond to physical stimulation, taste what mom eats, open and close their fingers, and hiccup. They can also likely sense pain—which is undoubtedly what an abortion inflicts when it requires the unborn baby to be crushed and torn apart. That’s barbaric and has no place in a civilized society.
It advances women’s physical and emotional health and well-being. A 15-week limit ensures women are not put at the greater risk of death, illness, or psychological trauma that later-term abortions cause. For example, in abortions performed after 15 weeks, women face a higher risk of needing a hysterectomy, other reparative surgery, or a blood transfusion. The risk of a woman dying due to an abortion also increases.
It preserves the integrity of medical providers. Under the law, the medical profession is better able to protect life rather than destroy it.
It promotes science and reflects lessons learned from advanced medicine and technology. When the Supreme Court delivered a decision regarding abortion in 1973, ultrasounds and sonograms weren’t widely available. Today, 3D and 4D images of unborn babies, even at the earliest stages, so closely resemble the newborns they become that they are regularly hung on refrigerators. The law should reflect this advancement.
“Every human life is valuable. And the majority of Americans support commonsense laws like Mississippi’s, which protects unborn children and their mothers. We’re hopeful the Supreme Court will agree.”
Kristen Waggoner, ADF General Counsel