Cries of “Overturn Roe” will be voiced across the nation on December 1, 2021, as the United States Supreme Court hears arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson. The case has gathered substantial attention from both life advocates and abortion backers because it is the most significant challenge to Roe v. Wade to rise up in the courts in more than a decade. OverturnRoe, a pro-life coalition, is taking the battle over abortion to the streets on December 1 to voice their encouragement for upending the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
“Roe v. Wade is outdated, it’s bad law, and it’s been responsible for the ‘legal’ murder of more than sixty-two million children,” explained Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League and a key coordinator with the OverturnRoe coalition.
“In fact,” explained Scheidler, “If the Supreme Court upholds the Mississippi law in full or in part, without overturning Roe v. Wade, they will have to replace the legal reasoning of Roe v. Wade and the later Planned Parenthood v. Casey rulings with another foundation for legal abortion. Will the conservative justices really be willing to do that?”
The organizers of OverturnRoe are hoping that the Supreme Court will instead overturn Roe v. Wade, returning this issue of abortion to the individual states. If that happens, Mississippi’s law would go into effect, and other states would be free to limit abortion more broadly or even ban it.
Mark Harrington, President and Founder of Created Equal, noted, “We need to overturn abortion not just overturn Roe v. Wade. That process begins by educating Americans on what abortion does to an unborn child. Our National Day of Action will be a big step in that direction.”
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As part of the OverturnRoe coalition, Harrington has joined Scheidler and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society Director Monica Miller, in organizing rallies, protests, prayer vigils, and highway overpass banner campaigns in Washington, DC, and across America on December 1, 2021.
People advocating for the overturning of Roe v. Wade will gather outside of the Supreme Court, as well as other federal sites and government buildings across the United States. There are currently 67 separate rallies and highway overpass events taking place in 26 states, with new locations being added daily.
Miller, commended the joint efforts, stating, “Pro-life groups working together will show the nation that abortion is unjust killing of the innocent and thus why the Supreme Court must uphold the Mississippi law that seeks to defend the most vulnerable among us.”
Scheidler encouraged others to get involved. “If you can join us in DC, that’s great. If you can attend a rally in your own state, that’s also fantastic. If you are willing to display a banner on a highway overpass, we’ll teach you the best way to do that. And if you can pray for us from your own home, at work, or with your church group — please let us know. We are sincerely appreciative of your commitment to do so.”
“December 1, 2021, could be the day that turns this country around. It could be the beginning of the path that draws Americans away from legalized, unrestricted, abortion-on-demand, at any time, for any reason,” added Scheidler. “It could be the day that the high court starts to put the power over America’s future back where it belongs: in the hands of the people. OverturnRoe is taking this historic moment to underscore that vital truth.”
A final ruling in the case is expected in Spring 2022.