NEW ORLEANS – Today (Dec. 1), the U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a decision that could alter or overturn Roe v. Wade.
Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, said the following after the the oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health:
“Today’s oral arguments confirm our excitement that the Supreme Court is considering a decision that will allow Louisiana to protect more babies from abortion.
“We hope the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, allowing our state to protect every Louisiana baby from abortion. And if that is the decision, Louisiana is ready to help women in a post-Roe abortion-free future with an abundance of private and public social services.
“It is also possible the court may jettison the viability standard and adopt a new standard that would allow the protection of unborn babies at 15 weeks and older. While we hope for a complete overturn of Roe v. Wade, we see a new standard as a positive step toward building a nation where every human life is protected under law.”
“So much has changed since the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade. Science has changed, and we know so much more about the unborn child in the womb. At 15 weeks, the baby’s heart is already beating and in fact, all of her organs are formed. She can smile. She responds to touch, curls her toes, explores her environment with her fingers, and sucks a thumb. We know without a shadow of a doubt that these babies are members of the human family and should be protected!
“If we are able to protect all unborn babies after Roe v. Wade is overturned, Louisiana is prepared to help women and babies. We have almost 40 pregnancy centers and numerous private and public programs available. Mothers have access to a supportive community that welcomes them and guides them along a successful path of care filled with counseling, financial aid, legal support, housing, job assistance, medical advocacy, childcare, parenting guidance, adoption facilitation, self-recovery, and much more. Our website www.PostRoeLA.com has a link to our still-growing list of resources available to pregnant and parenting women.
“This morning, Louisiana Right to Life launched a “Louisiana Is Ready for a Post-Roe, Abortion-Free Future” ad campaign with newspaper ads in eight newspapers, more than 70 digital billboards statewide, and digital and social media advertising. The campaign will share that if Roe v. Wade is overturned and all unborn babies are protected by law, Louisiana will be here for women and babies. Louisiana has an abundance of pregnancy resources centers, adoption agencies, and public and private social services standing ready to help. Visit www.PostRoeLA.com to learn more.”