Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will take up the case of a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks weeks. When it does, former Vice President Mike Pence is someone who hopes the nation’s highest court will use the opportunity to reverse Roe v. Wade and protect unborn children.
In new comments, Pence calls the infamous 1973 decision that allowed abortions up to birth “misguided,” but says SCOTUS can “make history” and reverse it.
“We are asking the Court, in no uncertain terms, to make history,” Pence is planning to say during remarks at the National Press Club Tuesday, according to prepared remarks obtained by The Hill. “We are asking the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade and restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law.”
Pence will say the Roe decision has “inflicted a tragedy not only on our nation, but on humanity, that is hard to fathom.”
He will also point out that most European nations only allow abortions up to 14 or 15 weeks, which makes America one of the most radically pro-abortions nations in the Western World. 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 have laws that protect unborn babies from abortion after the first trimester, if not sooner.
Pence will also argue abortion laws written by elected representatives at the state level are more reflective of the public’s view than court rulings by “unelected judges.”
“When the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — and I believe with all my heart that day will come, either now or in the near future — it will not come as a surprise to anyone,” Pence is expected to say. “It will simply be the culmination of a 50-year journey whose course and destination have been set by the will of the American people.”
Meanwhile, Advancing American Freedom, Pence’s political advocacy group, has joined an amicus brief supporting Mississippi’s abortion law.
The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, involves a state law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It centers around 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.
Pro-life advocates and abortion activists both anticipate that the conservative-majority Supreme Court may weaken Roe v. Wade or overturn it altogether through the Mississippi case. If the court does, hundreds of thousands of babies could be spared from violent abortion deaths every year across America.
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.