The pro-life movement continues a slow movement towards overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. Voters in Alabama and West Virginia made their voices heard on the matter on Tuesday.
In Alabama, voters gave their stamp of approval to Amendment 2 – a result that pleased Eric Johnston, president of the Alabama Pro-Life Coalition.
“The amendment [approved by voters] is a statement of public policy that basically says the unborn child is a person within the meaning of the Alabama Constitution, and as such is entitled to all the rights and protections of a person in the Constitution,” he explains. “It’s just a statement by 59 percent of the people in the state of Alabama that they support life.”
Those results mean the amendment will be in place if Roe is overturned by the nation’s high court – a court that now has a conservative slant because of the two justices appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Johnston also notes a decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld as unconstitutional Alabama’s dismemberment abortion ban. “The judges who wrote that opinion both spoke out and said they were only doing this because Roe required them to do it. They did not agree with it,” he points out. “That’s significant when senior intermediate appellate court judges disagree with Roe. So it’s the precedent of the land right now – but precedents can always be changed.”
According to Johnston, it’s an issue that will not go away. Several cases are making their way to the Supreme Court that could alter or abolish Roe if the court agrees to hear them.
Meanwhile, in West Virginia the usual opponents of anything pro-life went down in flames on Tuesday.
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SOURCE: One News Now, Charlie Butts