Senator Mike Braun: Overturn Roe v. Wade so Babies Can be Saved From Abortions

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 6, 2021   |   1:04PM   |   Washington, DC

Senator Mike Braun said Sunday that Roe v. Wade needs to be overturned so states may protect unborn babies from abortion again.

Newsmax reports Braun, a pro-life Republican from Indiana, said there is a practical solution to the abortion debate that has “divided our country” for so many decades.

“Return it to the states,” he told Meet The Press. “The beauty of our system is that it’s federal. It’s got all these different ideas. When you try to nationalize, federalize the way the other side is doing on more than just this, I think you’re constantly in that area of contention.”

Last week, lawyers for Mississippi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to do just that. In the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s HealthMississippi urged the high court to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies again or, at the very least, allow states to enact more limits on abortion, such as an abortion ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Braun expressed hope that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe. He said he believes in the sanctity of life and wants abortion to be “eliminated from the landscape.”

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From a common-sense perspective, he said allowing voters to decide about abortion laws through their elected state lawmakers seems like the best step forward.

“On something as contentious as this, it seems like it would make common sense, it would be practical, not political, to send it back to the states and let every state do what they want to do and live with it, and if you don’t like it, then go to work within those legislatures,” Braun said.

For decades, under Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states have been prohibited from banning abortions before viability. As a result, about 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have died in abortions. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to re-consider this precedent and decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”

If Roe is modified or overturned, states may 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.

According to a recent Guttmacher Institute analysis, most southern and mid-western states would ban abortions, including Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. All of these states have trigger laws, or legislation to prohibit abortions immediately after Roe v. Wade is overturned.

As a result, 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.

The Supreme Court is expected to publish its ruling on the Mississippi case sometime next year, potentially June 2022.