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Roe v. Wade Is Gone. What Does This Mean for Liberty Students?

Updated: Jun 26


On Friday, June 24th, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark SCOTUS case that legalized abortion up until birth in all 50 states. The news was met with widespread celebration by the Liberty University community, who have been praying and advocating for life since Roe v. Wade was ruled nearly fifty years ago in 1973. While the overturn of Roe v. Wade is a spectacular win for the pr0-life movement, this ruling does not eliminate abortion throughout the United States. The overturn of Roe v. Wade simply allows each state to rule on the issue of abortion for itself. In Liberty's home state of Virginia, abortion is currently legal up until until birth in some instances. This gruesome reality means three crucial things for Liberty students:


1.) Unborn children are still being killed just an hour away from your dorm

Two abortion clinics who give both chemical and surgical abortions exist just an hour away from the Liberty University campus in Roanoke and Charlottesville, VA. Under the current law in Virginia, abortion for any reason is allowed through the second trimester. By the end of the second trimester, the unborn child is viable to live outside of the womb. Governor Youngkin recently announced that he wishes to restrict abortion to fifteen weeks in Virginia, when the unborn child starts to feel pain. While this is a step in a positive direction, 91% of abortions occur within the first thirteen weeks. The abortion clinic closest to Liberty doesn't even offer abortions past thirteen weeks and six days. Thus, a fifteen week abortion ban wouldn't prevent abortions from happening in the community surrounding Liberty.

The most impactful step of action Liberty students can do to protect life now is to get involved in pro-life clubs on campus, such as Students for Life. During the school year, Students for Life goes outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Roanoke each week to pray and offer resources to empower women to choose life. You can find out more on Students for Life's Instagram.


2.) Your vote really, really matters here

Virginia is referred to as a "swing state," meaning that it has not historically been extremely conservative nor liberal. While one vote for pro-life candidates in California or New York is unlikely to change the staunchly liberal, anti-life political climate, voting in Virginia has greater potential for impact because it is likely the election could swing either way. Voting for pro-life candidates is extremely important on both a local and federal level in Virginia this year due to the midterm and local elections in November. Register to vote as a Liberty student here in Virginia to make the most impact!


3.) Local pro-life centers and resources need your help, especially now

As more abortions are prevented in the post-Roe days, there will be more mothers in need of baby supplies, counseling, adoption, babysitting, and other resources. Unfortunately, crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations have been met with threats, violence, and backlash by abortion supporters in reaction to the overturn of Roe v. Wade. The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center near Liberty is currently in desperate need of donations after its building was vandalized and damaged the night after Roe v. Wade was overturned. You can donate to this wonderful organization here. Other pro-life organizations include the Bedford Pregnancy Center and Liberty University's very own Liberty Godparent Home.


After decades of prayer, Roe v. Wade no longer has legal authority in America. Liberty students are now living in a post-Roe America, but this doesn't mean Liberty University's fight to protect life is over. It is just getting started, and it starts with the student body.

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