In front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, Mississippi lawyer Scott Grant Stewart will argue that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong” and states should be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
Pro-life advocates hope that Stewart’s arguments will succeed in convincing the justices, one of whom he clerked for, that they should overturn the infamous ruling and end nearly 50 years of forcing states to legalize abortion on demand.
California Catholic Daily reports Stewart has a conservative background, including clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas once described Roe as “grievously wrong” and said it “should be overruled.”
Stewart also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice under President Donald Trump. And as a student at Princeton University, he wrote a paper arguing that U.S. presidents should spend more time talking about the abortion issue, according to the Washington Post.
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On Wednesday, Stewart will represent Mississippi and its defense of unborn babies before the Supreme Court in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.
The case involves a 2018 state law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and the question of “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” Currently, under Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability, about 22 weeks of pregnancy.
Here’s more from the report:
As the attorney representing Mississippi, Stewart will champion his state’s contention that the prior Supreme Court decisions establishing a “right” to abortion were “egregiously wrong” with “no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition.”
“It’s the most aggressive position he could have taken in defending Mississippi’s law, which bans nearly all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy,” the Washington Post contended in a November 9 article highlighting Stewart’s career and involvement in the Dobbs case.
Pro-life advocates have strong hopes that the Supreme Court will scale back or overturn Roe when they hear the case, many pointing to the conservative majority’s recent decision not to block a Texas pro-life law as a promising sign.
Since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe in 1973, almost 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have been killed in legal abortions.
The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortion on demand after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most countries, including in Europe, have laws that protect unborn babies from abortion after the first trimester, if not sooner.
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortions in the second and third trimesters and many support heartbeat laws that protect unborn babies at their earliest stage of life.
In recent months, thousands of people, including hundreds of pro-life lawmakers, ivy league professors, state attorneys general, governors, former Vice President Mike Pence, religious and civil rights leaders, hundreds of women leaders and more have filed amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in support of Mississippi and its efforts to save unborn babies from abortion.