An adoptive mother of seven, Melinda Thybault has hoped and prayed for years for an end to Roe v. Wade and the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Now, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, Thybault, her husband and lawyer Allan Parker of the Justice Foundation hope the justices will consider modern scientific advances that prove life begins at conception, The New American reports.
Several years ago, they began the Moral Outcry Petition, which has amassed hundreds of thousands of signatures from Americans calling for an end to Roe v. Wade and the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Find the petition at TheMoralOutcry.com.
Parker plans to submit the petition to the court as an amicus curiae brief in support of the Mississippi law, according to the report.
“As science changes, so should the law change,” Parker said.
In 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled on Roe, the justices decided that they could not determine when life begins. Now, however, Parker and the Thybaults said there is clear scientific evidence that a unique, new human life begins at conception.
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This became even clearer to Melinda and Denny Thybault when they adopted four embryos, or snowflake babies, left over from in vitro fertilization procedures, according to the report. The embryos were implanted in Melinda’s womb, though two did not survive.
“How, at six days old, what looks like a little bubble that you can’t even see with the human eye, are human beings, male and female? These are human lives, and the doctors know this,” Denny told the news outlet.
“… it was so clear, the moment life begins at conception, it just fueled and connected the end of Roe so clearly to me,” Melinda added.
The Thybaults and Parker have been working together since 2017 toward that purpose, according to the report. Their Moral Outcry Petition was crafted to “wake up the nation and galvanize the national conscience to end the scourge of abortion in America.”
“It will declare that as a people, we do not accept the compromise that leads to the unnecessary death of millions of innocent babies,” the petition website states.
The petition outlines several arguments against abortion, including “Abortion is a crime against humanity because the government is denying legal protection to infant life” and “New evidence since 1973 shows life begins at conception.” It also encourages mothers who cannot care for their babies to give them life through adoption.
Parker, a leader in the pro-life movement, said scientific knowledge about DNA and human life has expanded so much in the past 50 years, and, through ultrasounds, genetic testing and much more, it is clear that an abortion kills a unique, living human being.
Since 1973, approximately 63 million unborn babies have been legally aborted in the United States. The ruling forces states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions without restriction all the way up to viability, though some states allow abortions up to birth. The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization focuses on the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” The court is scheduled to hear the case during its next term, likely in the fall.