May 2, 2022
Contact: Sarah Zagorski
BATON ROUGE – This evening, an initial draft majority opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked indicating that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe vs. Wade and its companion decision, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey. Writing for the High Court, Alito says “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. It is time to heed the constitution and return the issue of abortion to to the people’s elected representatives.”
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following about the new information: “While we have no indication if the leaked decision is accurate, we would celebrate the overturn of Roe v. Wade, restoring Louisiana’s right to protect every precious unborn baby from abortion. With an abundance of public and private resources, Louisiana is ready to support women before and after birth. Louisiana is ready to be abortion-free.”
He added, “If the Supreme Court decides to overturn Roe v. Wade, Louisiana is ready. In 2006, the Louisiana Legislature passed the Human Life Protection Act, which ensures that the state of Louisiana has the authority to prohibit abortion following the demise of Roe. Additionally, the Louisiana Love Life Amendment passed in 2020 protects our body of comprehensive pro-life laws disallowing state judges from “finding” a right to abortion or the funding of abortion in the Louisiana Constitution.”
Earlier today, the Louisiana Senate passed the 2022 Reaffirmation of the Human Life Protection Act by a 29-3 vote.
The team at Louisiana Right to Life is available for interviews on request.