Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is fighting his own separate pro-life battle at the U.S. Supreme Court, joined 23 other attorneys general last week in urging the high court to uphold a Mississippi abortion ban.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in October and consider the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” It is based on a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
On Friday, Cameron, a pro-life Republican, said the Supreme Court has the chance to correct its “profound error” in Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again, Kentucky Today reports. Since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe in 1973, about 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions.
“The commonwealth has a paramount interest in protecting unborn life, and Kentucky regularly acts on that interest by passing laws that protect the unborn and maternal health, reaffirm the dignity of human life and protect the integrity of the medical profession,” Cameron said.
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States like Mississippi and Kentucky have been trying to protect unborn babies for years, but their laws constantly are challenged by the abortion industry, he continued.
“The notion of a constitutional right to an abortion is a creation of the courts and has no basis in our Constitution,” Cameron said. “This case gives the high court the chance to correct this profound error by reconsidering Roe v. Wade and returning the issue to the states as required by the Constitution.”
On Thursday, Cameron and 23 other state attorneys general filed an amicus brief supporting Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s case to the Supreme Court.
“Time has not lessened the belief that unborn life deserves protection …” they wrote. “People of good conscience will always disagree on this issue, and the Court’s attempt to settle it has failed. Moreover, the Court’s continuing vacillation over the constitutional test and the creation of new, abortion-specific rules have only made matters worse.”
In Roe and later Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court prohibited states from banning abortions before an unborn baby is viable. As a result, the U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Joining Cameron were the attorneys general of Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Most Americans believe our abortion laws are too radical, and states should be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortions.
A recent AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that a strong majority of Americans believe states should be allowed to ban abortions after the first trimester. According to the poll, 65 percent said most or all second-trimester abortions should be illegal; the number increased to 80 percent in the third trimester. Gallup polls also consistently find that a majority of Americans want all or most abortions to be illegal.