Breaking news late last night: a leaked version of a Supreme Court majority DRAFT indicated the Court could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
If this turns out to be the final ruling, it would overturn a 49-year precedent that I believe has been an un-Constitutional, dark shadow on our nation – one that has enabled the lives of countless millions of unborn children to be terminated.
With that said, I sincerely hope this report is true, and that the draft that was leaked is, in fact, the Court’s final ruling.
*** But friends, we need to be careful to understand what’s going on here.
First, overturning Roe v. Wade would simply end the federal protection of abortion “rights” (i.e. the right to end an unborn child’s life.) With the federal government out of the way, this would allow states to decide whether abortion would be permitted within their jurisdictions. So even though this would be a landmark ruling, the pro-life vs. pro-abortion battle will carry on… on the state level.
Second, we have no idea if this draft is the final version. Justices can change their written opinions and their votes. Nothing is final until the Supreme Court formally releases a decision. Court watchers say this decision wasn’t expected for another month or two. (It’s unclear whether this leak will change that timeframe.)
Third, some have speculated the leak was deliberate in order to stir an “uproar” among pro-abortion groups, perhaps causing a Justice in the majority to change his/her mind. It’s hard to imagine any Justice being swayed in that manner. Who leaked it and their motives will be analyzed six ways from Sunday, but that is an internal matter for the Court.
Fourth, because of this news, you should expect the Democrat-controlled Congress to try and rush through some questionable legislation on “abortion rights” before the November election. I’d bet money on it. It’s unclear what the legislation will look like, or whether they’ll be able to blow up the filibuster in the Senate to make it happen (unlikely), but I bet they’ll try.
As I stated in an earlier post, my intention is never to bring additional emotional pain to those women who have had abortions. There are many, including some I know personally. In fact, I believe we (as Christians) are called to do something special for them: pray and help comfort when able. With that said, I sincerely hope this news is true. It would be a huge leap forward for the right to life of the unborn.