Evangelical Christian leader Franklin Graham today urged the Supreme Court to overturn the infamous roe v. Wade abortion case that has allowed 63 million abortions. He says the nation’s highest court needs to “save millions of innocent lives” by allowing pro-life laws to protect the right to life of unborn children.
“Tomorrow morning the Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the MS law that makes it illegal to perform most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. This ruling is of monumental importance & could save millions of innocent lives,” Graham said on Twitter.
The evangelical pastor noted the development of unborn babies, saying, “By 6 weeks, a child has a beating heart, a developing brain and spinal cord. At 10 weeks the child has arms, legs, fingers, toes and can kick. By 15 weeks, the baby has a nose, lips, eyebrows, eyelids and can feel pain, yawn, and suck a thumb. #DobbsVJackson”
He concluded by asking Christians to pray that SCOTUS will support pro-life laws.
“I’m asking every Christian to PRAY for the Supreme Court to uphold the Mississippi law & forever change what Roe v. Wade has done to this nation. Please pray for the nine Justices of our Supreme Court to have the courage & conviction to protect the lives of future generation,” he said.
Wednesday is a big day at the U.S. Supreme Court when the justices plan to hear a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade and restore legal protections for unborn babies.
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The case is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, and it centers around a 2018 Mississippi law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Currently, under Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability, about 22 weeks of pregnancy. For the first time in decades, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to re-consider this precedent and decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”
Pro-life advocates hope 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.
If they do, states would be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortion again, possibly from the moment of conception or at least after the first trimester, and groups estimate anywhere from a dozen to two dozen states would do so. As a result, thousands of babies could be spared from violent abortion deaths every year across America.
Science has made it increasingly clear that unborn babies are unique, living and valuable human beings. By 15 weeks, unborn babies are nearly fully formed, with beating hearts and detectable brain waves, unique fingerprints and all their major organs. On ultrasounds, unborn babies at this stage can be seen sucking their thumbs and responding to noises.
Americans recognize this, too. 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.
Yet, 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.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Mississippi case Wednesday morning. A ruling likely will be published in the summer of 2022.