Supreme Court Takes on Case That Could Deal Fatal Blow to Roe v. Wade
Updated: Jun 21, 2021
The Supreme Court of the United States announced on Monday, May 17th, 2021, that it would take up a case that could completely change the way abortion law is handled in the United States. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, is being closely watched by Pro-Life and Pro-Choice advocates alike due to its potential to drastically alter, or even potentially overturn, the landmark cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Jackson Women’s Health, the only licensed abortion provider in Mississippi, sued the state following the 2018 passage of a law strictly prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks gestation. After a federal district court and the 5th Circuit of the Court of Appeals sided with the clinic, the case made its way to the Supreme Court. According to SCOTUSBlog.com, “The state [of Mississippi] went to the Supreme Court last summer, asking the justices to rule on whether all bans on pre-viability abortions are unconstitutional. The state also asked the justices to weigh in on two related questions: whether courts should consider a state’s interests – such as protecting the health of a mother- when reviewing the constitutionality of laws that restrict pre-viability abortions, and whether abortion providers have a legal right to challenge laws that ban or restrict abortions on behalf of their patients… The justices repeatedly rescheduled the case – that is, put off considering it at their private conference – before finally considering the state’s petition for review for the first time at their Jan. 8, 2021, conference. The justices then considered the petition 12 more times before announcing on Monday that they would take up the first question presented in the state’s petition: whether all pre-viability bans on elective abortions violate the Constitution.”
Questions have recently risen revolving around how the Court will rule, due not only to the long deliberation before taking on the case, but also due to the Court’s rulings in similar past cases. Just last year, the Court struck down a Louisiana law which required doctors performing abortions to have the qualifications to be able to admit patients to hospitals in a 5-4 decision. The Court’s makeup has since changed, however, to now having a 6-3 conservative majority with the addition of Amy Coney Barrett.
Liberty University has had a long history of supporting Pro-Life speakers and causes. Just this year, the school, through its Standing for Freedom Center (at the time, Falkirk Center) hosted a “Life March” on-campus in place of attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that was canceled due to COVID-19. The "Life March" event featured prominent Pro-Life activist Allie Beth Stuckey, as well as The Benham Brothers and the President of Liberty University, Jerry Prevo. The university also hosts a number of Pro-Life clubs, including Students for Life, which features a sidewalk advocacy team that travels weekly to Roanoke, Virginia, throughout each semester in order to advocate for the unborn and partner with local ministries to promote alternate solutions to abortion.