Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch: Overturning Roe v. Wade Will “Empower Women, Promote Life”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 1, 2021   |   10:20AM   |   Washington, DC

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in the case of a Mississippi pro-llife law that bans abortions on babies after 15 weeks, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch made the following remarks before entering the U.S. Supreme Court for Oral Argument in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

Good morning. Thank you all for being here on this historic day. Thank you for all you have done over five decades to bring us to this turning point. Today, we turn the page on Roe v. Wade and start a new chapter in American history. We leave behind the false premise that abortion somehow levels the playing field for women. Our ability to succeed is not built on the death of innocent children. Our success is our own.

Over the past fifty years, women have rebuilt the workplace. We redefined professional success. We are creating a culture in which women can have it all. And we mean all women, because we are in this together.

For fifty years, abortion has been the answer to the question: How do we help women who face extraordinary challenges? Women who live in poverty, and in abusive relationships, who
have no degrees or job training or support network when they face a crisis pregnancy. For fifty years, society has too readily answered with abortion. But let us commit boldly and loudly that we
will no longer sell them that lie.

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We are here today to defend the fundamental dignity of women and their children. All women and all children.

This Court fifty years ago pitted women against children, and woman against woman. We are here today to assert that we do not accept these false choices. We can empower women AND
promote life. This is our message to the Justices. This is our message to the world. Thank you and God bless you all.

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.

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.”

Another aspect that gives hope to pro-life advocates is the conservative majority on the high court. Six of the justices are Republican appointees, and three of them were appointed by President Donald Trump who promised to choose judges who would reconsider the infamous abortion ruling.

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.

The abortion industry is very worried. Shannon Brewer, who runs Jackson Women’s Health, the only abortion facility in Mississippi, told the AP that the case has her “the most worried I’ve ever been.”

As Fortune noted, “in the past, the Supreme Court has denied or ignored” other major abortion challenges, and the Mississippi case “signals to advocates that the highest court is willing to reconsider the core principle that abortion should be accessible and legal within the U.S., even if they ultimately decide not to rule on it.”

Brewer’s abortion facility, which is challenging the law, argues that abortion is safe and overturning Roe would be too political, according to the report. It also criticized Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s argument that “it is now easier for a woman to prevent unwanted pregnancy and to raise a child while working full time,” calling it “false and paternalistic.”

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.