It’s been a full day in DC, both at the Supreme Court and at the National Press Club.
It is the day before the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the June Medical Services abortion case out of Louisiana, and activities have already heated up in anticipation of that.
This morning, Priests for Life, Silent No More, The Justice Foundation, and Operation Outcry held a three-hour rally outside the Supreme Court, consisting of prayer and testimony from those who have had abortions, and whose stories show that more regulations of the type that Louisiana passed, not fewer, are needed across our nation.
After the rally, a press conference was held at the National Press Club, in which Louisiana legislators who first introduced this law in 2014, as well as members of Congress, physicians, attorneys and various pro-life leaders were present.
Here are a few takeaways from the day that prolife advocates may find helpful to keep in mind.
- The Louisiana law does not prohibit abortion; it simply attempts to protect women from an unscrupulous, unregulated abortion industry. All the testimonies that were shared today, both at the rally and the press conference, show once again that legal abortion has never meant safe abortion. Back in the 1990’s, various pro-life leaders and I assisted Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics in cataloging the abuses and malpractice of the abortion industry in a book called Lime 5. More recently, Americans United for Life (who organized today’s press conference) published the booklet Unsafe, documenting some 1400 health and safety violations committed by 227 abortion mills in 32 states between 2008 and 2016. Those abuses fall into ten categories, and abortion clinics in Louisiana were guilty of violations in nine of the ten.These include untrained, unqualified staff, expired medications, failure to monitor patients’ vital signs, unsanitary conditions, failure to obtain and maintain emergency medical equipment, failure to keep complete medical records, and more.
- The Louisiana legislators who spoke today recounted their motive for passing this law in the first place: They said they love the women of their state, including their own family members, and saw the need to protect them from the ravages of the abortion industry. It’s that simple. This law does not represent some sinister plan arising from nefarious motives to oppress women and squelch their rights. It is truly and simply an effort to protect them. The bill in Louisiana enjoyed strong bipartisan support, and indeed the purpose of it is something that people of all political persuasions should be able to support.
- It is not just Louisiana that is implicated in this case; it is the whole nation. This was highlighted at the press conference, at which not only representatives of the Louisiana attorney general spoke. Present were the Attorneys General of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Alaska and Montana, and they represented some 20 states that submitted friend of the court briefs in this case. Likewise, members of the US House and Senate were present, and reminded us that 207 of them, from 38 states, signed onto a brief in support of Louisiana as well. This case has national implications.SUPPORT LIFENEWS! If you like this pro-life article, please help LifeNews.com with a donation!It has implications for the freedom of every state to legislate on abortion in a way that the elected lawmakers of that state see fit for the good of their citizens. One of the things the pro-life side of this case is saying to the courts is, Back off, and let the states do their jobs. After all, even Roe vs. Wade itself said that the states can legislate so that abortion is carried out in a way that maximizes the safety of the woman. That is what Louisiana and many other states are trying to do.
- The testimonies given today all emphasized that the women who got abortions did not have a doctor-patient relationship with the abortionist. The abortionist was not “their” physician, but rather a stranger. Moreover, the abortionists treated them carelessly, often with blatant disrespect, and in ways that damaged them physically and emotionally.This is significant in this case, because the case has been brought to the Supreme Court by the abortionists, not by any women of Louisiana seeking abortions. Abortionists in this and other cases claim to represent these women (the doctrine of “third-party standing”), even as they ask the court to nullify the very laws protecting these women from the abortionists’ own malpractice. This is the height of absurdity, and the Court has an opportunity in this case to end the third-party standing of abortionists.
- Pray for the case. Today was marked by a lot of prayer, as tomorrow will be also. You can use the prayer at SupremeCourtVictory.com and join your own prayers to it.
There’s a lot more to learn from this case in the days and weeks ahead, and all of us as a pro-life movement need to be deeply involved in it.