WHY ROE MUST GO…

Roe v Wade Supreme Court Justices

Just as we slowly realized the immorality of enslaving humans, it is time to get woke about abortion.

The following statement by Bonnie Finnerty, Education Director of the PA Pro-Life Federation declares the truth about the infamous US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.

Why Roe must go…

It’s been almost a half century, yet two Supreme Court decisions still divide our nation. In 1973, Roe v. Wade and its companion case Doe v. Bolton legalized abortion up through birth. Some Americans have accepted abortion on demand as being morally permissible because it is legal.

We need only consider that slavery was legal for over 240 years. Its end was brought about by a small yet undeterred group of people. When the truth that human dignity belongs to every person triumphed, the institution of slavery was abolished.

Modern-day abolitionists seek to end another immoral institution: the killing of innocent human life through legalized abortion. With the balance on the Supreme Court shifting, is overturning Roe a possibility?

There is no explicit right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. In Roe, the Court ruled that the “right” to abortion was implicit in a right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment. But the 14th amendment fails to mention privacy.  To justify abortion based on a right to privacy not stated in the Constitution, the Court referenced a 1965 case on contraception called Griswold vs. Connecticut.

In that decision, Justice William O. Douglas essentially invented a right to privacy, writing that the Bill of Rights casts penumbras (shadows) and emanations (rays) in which a “zone of privacy” exists. It was on this weak foundation of shadows and rays that a right to privacy and later a right to abortion were founded.

But the 14th Amendment does include explicit language about a more fundamental right: no State shall make a law depriving any person of life. Ironically, the 14th amendment is used to imply a right to abortion that is somehow prioritized over an explicitly stated right to life.

From the time Justice Blackmun wrote the majority opinion for Roe, legal scholars have acknowledged its shaky foundation. Even Blackmun’s law clerk, Edward Lazarus, said, “As a matter of constitutional interpretation and judicial method, Roe borders on the indefensible….”

Furthermore, Blackmun conceded that the right to abortion is not absolute, stating, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, [Roe’s] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.” 

Since 1973, haven’t both science and technology shown us such irrefutable proof?  Advancements in ultrasound and embryology prove that we are distinctly human persons from the moment of fertilization.

With a feeble legal foundation and today’s advanced science, Roe seems ripe for reconsideration. If overturned, abortion will not become illegal. Rather, the issue would go back to each state.

Roe has always been bad law, failing to truly empower women in crisis. Being led to believe that one must kill her own child in order to succeed in the workplace, obtain an education, or maintain a relationship is far from liberation.

Just as we slowly realized the immorality of enslaving humans, it is time to get woke about abortion. Life in its smallest, most vulnerable, dependent stages is still precious human life worth protecting.  It’s how you and I began. How can we say others do not deserve the same right to life?

Roe must go.

Bonnie Finnerty
Education Director
PA Pro-Life Federation
4800 Jonestown Rd. Suite 102
Harrisburg, PA 17109
717-541-0034
lifelines@paprolife.org

Students for Life Host Rally at Senator Casey’s Office

As the nation will witness history to be made early next week, Students for Life have made stops in ten different cities urging senators to vote yes to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat.

Fifteen students from across the nation, led by PA coordinator Liana Hollendonner, held a peaceful rally outside of Senator Bob Casey’s Center City office, urging for his vote on the right side of history.

Unfortunately, it is likely that Casey will not carry out his father legacy as he has done since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

Following the mini rally, the students chalk up messages in support of Amy Coney-Barrett. However, they were met with some threats by a security guard. After conferring with Cicil Affairs, the students were permitted to chalk on the public sidewalk.

Prayer in Reparation for Supreme Court Justices

We were all devastated  by the recent Supreme Court rulings in favor of the killing of innocent preborn children and felt betrayed in particular by Justice Roberts.  Below is a prayer written by Sandy Slater, President of the Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition for our SC Justices.

When you are feeling angry or defeated, I hope that you remember first that God is in charge, and  then say this beautiful prayer that Sandy composed.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon on earth and we all need to remember that and pray more fervently and more often.

Let Us Pray

Lord God we come to you today united in prayer for an end to the cruel killing of innocent unborn lives who are not given the opportunity of taking their first breath.  We come to You humbly to do our part in praying for an end to this unconscionable treatment of babies that were meant to be born, to be happy, to romp and play as they grow and then some day answer your call by giving back to You as a doctor, lawyer, nurse and any other call that they heard from You.

You are a Judicial God, deeply concerned with laws and our human legal system. You are the Lawgiver, the Advocate, and the Judge of the earth; the very foundation of Your throne is righteousness and justice. We have your biblical teachings as our guide.  Our hearts cry out to You for forgiveness for each justice who decided against the Louisiana law which was about doctors having admitting privileges to a local hospital after an abortion procedure.  Lord, Chief Justice Roberts decided against the law which is identical to the Texas law that he voted for in 2016.  We ask forgiveness for ourselves for times that we have failed to pray for an end to injustices in our land.

Help me in my disappointment of Justice Roberts and all the justices that felt that women were deprived if the doctor had admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. Forgive them if there was any demonic influence in this decision.  We cry out to You for each Justice of the Supreme Court to remember that they should not play god from the bench.  They that are appointed for life.  Holy Spirit enlighten them with the gifts of Your Spirit especially of heavenly Wisdom, Understanding and Fortitude in this time of darkness.  Give to each as they deserve. We ask You this in Your name.  Amen.

The Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition is an organization that believes in the sanctity of life from the moment of conception to natural death.  We provide financial and material support to area crisis pregnancy care centers that endorse the sanctity of life.  To expand our mission, we provide information and education to the community.  Follow us on Facebook using this link.  

 

Pro-Life Chair Says Supreme Court Decision Puts Abortion Business over Women’s Health, Safety

The following is from an email from the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment.  Included in this article is a link to the  United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s amicus curae brief. 

Abortion hurts women

Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Says Supreme Court Decision Continues Cruel Precedent of Prioritizing Abortion Business Interests Over Women’s Health and Safety
WASHINGTON– Today, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision in an abortion case out of Louisiana, June Medical Services v. Russo. The Court ruled 5 to 4 to strike down the Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
“Abortion violently ends the life of a child, and often severely harms women. Abortion becomes even more destructive when basic health and safety standards are ignored, and profit margins are prioritized over women’s lives. As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life. Yet even as we seek to end the brutality of legalized abortion, we still believe that the women who seek it should not be further harmed and abused by a callous, profit-driven industry.
“The Court’s failure to recognize the legitimacy of laws prioritizing women’s health and safety over abortion business interests continues a cruel precedent. As we grieve this decision and the pregnant women who will be harmed by it, we continue to pray and fight for justice for mothers and children.
“We will not rest until the day when the Supreme Court corrects the grave injustice of Roe and Casey and recognizes the Constitutional right to life for unborn human beings. And we continue to ask all people of faith to pray for women seeking abortion, often under enormous pressure, that they will find alternatives that truly value them and the lives of their children.”
The USCCB filed an amicus curae brief in the case along with the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals urging the Court to uphold the law.
The brief can be viewed here.

Rally Outside of Supreme Court

The following is from an email blast sent out by Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America.

Sometimes, the pro-life movement gets a BIG opportunity to make legal progress for Life.

Wednesday is one of those opportunities!

Next week, on March 4th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the potential landmark abortion case June Medical Services v. Russo.

And we’re having a rally outside the Supreme Court in support of the pro-life Louisiana law.

>>> Visit the rally website for more information.

The case challenges a law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility.

As the first case related to abortion that will be heard since Justice Kavanaugh has been appointed to the Court, this decision could challenge/overturn the 2016 Hellerstedt decision, which stripped away commonsense protections that safeguard women from predatory abortionists.

Full Event Details:

March 3rd, 2020

  • Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Pre-Event Prayer Vigil & Worship

March 4th, 2020

  • Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.
  • 9:00 – 9:30am – Pre-Rally – Women Share their Stories
  • 9:30 – 11:30am – Protect Women Protect Life Rally

Years ago, the late pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia noted that he wanted to reverse the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. But he asked Americans – where was the moral outcry?

You are the moral outcry! That’s why I need you to join us on Wednesday. The Justices need to see you there.

Beginning at 7:30am, we’ll be gathering in front of the court to help stake out space for our pro-life speakers and set the tone for a peaceful, fun, and energized rally. We are asking all pro-life supporters to wear the color BLUE.

Let us know at the Facebook Event if you’re coming. I hope you can; this is certainly one for the history books.

Media Advisory-National Pro-life Coalition Holds Press Conference Ahead of Oral Arguments in Landmark Abortion Case #ProtectWomen #ProtectLife — Americans United for Life

National Pro-life Coalition Holds Press Conference Ahead of Oral Arguments in Landmark Abortion Case U.S. Senators, Representatives to join Louisiana State Lawmakers and Pro-life Advocates to discuss June Medical Services v. Russo Washington, D.C. – Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will take up June Medical Services v. Russo, potentially the most important abortion-related case…

via Media Advisory-National Pro-life Coalition Holds Press Conference Ahead of Oral Arguments in Landmark Abortion Case #ProtectWomen #ProtectLife — Americans United for Life