Senator Steve Daines told Newsmax on Tuesday that the U.S. Supreme Court needs to correct its “historic injustice” by overturning Roe v. Wade and restoring unborn babies’ “fundamental right to life.”
Daines, a Montana Republican, commented on the infamous ruling as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a major abortion case Wednesday.
In an interview with Newsmax, he said the right to life is fundamental and must be restored to babies in the womb.
“Our founding fathers had it right when they said life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness,” Daines said. “You can’t have liberty and the pursuit of happiness without first having this fundamental right to life. The Supreme Court has a chance to right a historic injustice, and that’s the Roe v. Wade decision from 1973.”
On Wednesday, the justices are scheduled to hear the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which centers around a 2018 Mississippi law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
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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.”
Daines slammed the old abortion ruling as “antiquated” and urged the high court to “catch up with the science.”
“This Mississippi case says you can’t have a late-term abortion,” Daines said. “It protects life at 15 weeks and beyond. Our laws are antiquated. Technology shows these babies are fully formed at 15 weeks. … They are amazing, beautiful little babies.”
The Montana senator also pointed out how radical American abortion law is compared to the rest of the world. Roe made the United States one of only seven countries that allows elective abortion on demand after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
“The United States is a global outlier when it comes to abortion,” Daines said. “… This is a pivotal point in history, and I believe we need to honor and protect all life. These little babies in the womb need to have a voice on Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court and we pray that will be the case tomorrow.”
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.
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. If the court overturns or chips away at Roe, thousands of babies could be spared from violent abortion deaths every year across America.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Mississippi case Wednesday morning. A ruling likely will be published in the summer of 2022.