Pro-Life supporters came from Bucks and Montgomery counties to attend the Rally for Life at Warminster Planned Parenthood. The long sidewalk from the front driveway entrance to the rear driveway exit of PP was crowded with pro-lifers of all ages. The number of participants was over 200.
The event began with an opening prayer and pro-life message from Monsignor Joseph Gentilli, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown. Wendy Schettig of Chalfont Calvary Church led the gathering with the hymn Amazing Grace.
Other guest speakers included:
Rev. Bill Devlin, Redeem Ministries Pastor Chuck Wilson, New Hope Community Church Laura Gumbrecht, Bucks County Pro-Life Coalition Denise Wilcox, National Right to Life Diana Reimer, Susan B. Anthony List Wendy Schettig, Christian Music Ministry
Referring to the upcoming US Supreme Court decision in June, some speakers shared that 2022 should be the last time we would meet in front of Warminster PP.
Anne Ruegner, director of A Baby’s Breath in Warminster, attended the rally. Her ministry offers free services to women in a crisis pregnancy which include: counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, independence, classes, and housing. Her ministry has helped many moms choose life for their unborn babies.
Rev. Bill Devlin closed the Rally for Life with prayer. He then led us in the worship hymn, Hallelujah, with the last verse sung on our knees.
The Rally for Life was a glorifying God-centered event. It brought brothers and sisters in Christ together to prayerfully persevere in their efforts to restore the sanctity of life in the womb.
“While such a decision wouldn’t be the end of Roe, it could incentivize additional state-level innovations to restrict abortion.”
The following is a report from Breakpoint by John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera concerning the Supreme Court case pending in Louisiana.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the most important abortion case since Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. In that 2016 case, the court struck down a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of their location. The court said that such a law placed undue burdens on a woman’s access to abortion. That law would have led to the closing of about 75% of the state’s abortion clinics.
So far, the headlines about the case heard by the court this past Wednesday have mostly been about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threatening Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, but there’s much more at stake in June Medical Services v. Russo.
This case involves a Louisiana law nearly identical to the Texas law struck down by the court. Note here that I am emphasizing the word “nearly.” Despite what you may hear from The New York Times and elsewhere, the laws are not identical, especially in how they would play out on the ground in their respective states.
That’s why, after a federal district court initially struck down the Louisiana law based on the Texas law precedent, the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court ruling, with the majority opinion citing two important ways the Louisiana law and the Texas law are different.
First, the Louisiana law would only affect about thirty percent of women seeking an abortion. Second, the requirements for doctors to obtain admitting privileges are less strict in Louisiana than Texas, meaning abortion providers could more easily comply with the law and fewer would be forced out of business. With these differences in mind, the circuit court concluded that the Louisiana law did not impose an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to an abortion.
So here we are, barely four years after deciding Whole Woman’s Health, a recently remade Court is agreeing to hear a case which could overturn precedent and create significantly more elbow room for state-level restrictions. The whole thing has abortion rights advocates, shall we say, a bit nervous.
Much of the oral arguments centered around what constitutes “an undue burden” on abortion. Chief Justice Roberts raised the possibility that the issue was a factual one. What may constitute an “undue burden” in one state, may not in another. Such factors as the number of clinics and doctors in each state, in light of the geographic size and population of the state, would need to be considered.
The lawyer for June Medical Services rejected that idea and insisted that because requiring admission privileges served no medical purpose, it would always pose an “undue burden.” That prompted Justice Kavanaugh to ask whether such a requirement would have any effect on the availability of abortion if, for instance, every doctor could get such privileges.
The lawyer repeated her answer that an admission privilege requirement serves no medical purpose. Her answer was telling. Apparently, any regulations of the abortion industry above bare minimum is unacceptable, whether or not it has any real-world impact on the availability of abortion.
Ultimately, this case is not about the availability of abortion in this one state. It’s about the nearly unique status abortion laws hold in our country. Unlike virtually every other right, such as freedom of speech or of religion, any limitation on abortion, no matter how small, is considered a mortal threat to “abortion rights” and cast as part of a “war on women.”