On Monday, U.S. President Donald J. Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Pro-lifers are cautiously optimistic. They are hoping that Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that prohibited all 50 states from protecting the unborn, will finally be overturned, and soon. Realistically, the end of Roe is far from guaranteed.
We’ve been here before. In 1992, the court had an opportunity to overturn Roe in Planned Parenthood v Casey. On the court sat eight Republican-appointed justices and only one Democrat, who voted against Roe. It looked like Roe’s demise was a foregone conclusion.
Despite a seemingly huge advantage, the Court decided 5-4 in favor of Planned Parenthood, keeping Roe alive another 26 years and counting (Justice Clarence Thomas is the only remaining justice who voted to overturn Roe in 1992). Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote in that case, arguing that, “People have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail.” In other words, abortion has become so ingrained that society has become dependent on it, too dependent to abolish it.
Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the court last week, sparking renewed hope for a pro-life majority on the court.
While time will tell if our enthusiasm is warranted or not, the other side is shaking in their boots. Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation released a statement on Kennedy’s retirement saying bluntly, “The significance of today’s news cannot be overstated: The right to access abortion in this country is on the line.” NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Nellie Copeland wrote, “With this new Supreme Court vacancy, Roe and the constitutional right to access abortion hangs in the balance.” They are sounding the alarms, and that’s a good sign.
So, what if Roe does fall? The popular opinion is that the decision to ban or permit abortion will fall to each individual state. However, at least one observer, Harvard Law School graduate Josh Craddock posits that if the court finds the unborn are persons from the moment of conception, no state will be permitted to deny them their constitutional rights, of which the right to life is most important.
I hope he’s right. I hope to live to see the day the monstrous Roe v Wade decision is overturned, quashed, totally destroyed and discarded to the trash heap of history. The blood of 60 million unborn children demands it.
Probably wishful thinking, but we may well be living in an historic time. The end to the greatest injustice in the history of the U.S. may be unfolding before our eyes. Certainly, the devil will be doing all he can to keep the horrific slaughter of unborn children . He is powerful, but he is no match for the almighty God.
Maybe God’s hand is in this. From the Democrats (unwisely for them) changing the Senate rules in 2013 to permit a Supreme Court confirmation with a simple majority, to the seemingly miraculous Trump victory in 2016, to his two subsequent Supreme Court picks, maybe God is orchestrating an unorthodox scenario leading up to a great moment in history. In Him, all things are possible. Let’s pray like never before for the over-turning of Roe v Wade in our lifetime.