Louisiana Right to Life Press Release on Overturn of Roe v. Wade
On June 24th, the Supreme Court released its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade, returning legal decisions on abortion to the people and their state legislators.
The Dobbs decision was a 6-3 ruling to reverse a lower court’s ruling that struck down the Mississippi 15 week pro-life protection, and a 5-4 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade completely (Chief Justice Roberts joined the majority in reversing the lower court ruling but not in overturning Roe v. Wade).
In the majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, the High Court noted:
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
About Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
On Dec. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to a 2018 Mississippi law that protects almost all babies after the 15th week of pregnancy from abortion except when there are risks to the life of the mother or fatal fetal anomalies.
Read Our Reaction to the Oral Arguments
How Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Impacts Louisiana
In 2018, Louisiana Right to Life helped pass a law similar to Mississippi’s law protecting babies at 15 weeks. The enforcement of the Louisiana law was contingent on the Supreme Court’s decision. The Supreme Court could have ruled narrowly and upheld the Mississippi law without overturning Roe v. Wade, and in that case, unborn babies at 15 weeks and older would be protected from abortion.
The Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade, and Louisiana was ready. In 2006, the Louisiana Legislature passed the Human Life Protection Act, which ensured that the state of Louisiana had the authority to prohibit abortion following the demise of Roe. Because of this law, all three abortion clinics have been asked to abide by the Human Life Protection Act and close. 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.
Louisiana Without Roe
The state of Louisiana is ready for an abortion-free reality, supporting women before and after birth. State and private social service agencies and pregnancy resource centers have worked collaboratively for decades helping women in unplanned or crisis pregnancies. Visit ADifficultChoice.com/resources to learn more.
Read Angie Thomas’ (Associate Director of Louisiana Right to Life) guest column in the Advocate: Protecting life and helping moms.
Chemical Abortions are Dangerous, But Can Be Reversed, and Pro-Life People Should Be Aware that Mail Order Chemical Abortions may become Rampant in a Post-Roe Louisiana.
It is illegal now in Louisiana to sell chemical abortions across state lines, especially when ordered online without medical oversight. Tragically, out-of-state abortion businesses are selling dangerous abortion pills online and mailing them to Louisiana residents. Without ultrasound and physician evaluation, these pills can be harmful to pregnant women, potentially causing long-term bodily harm or even death.
In this Chemical Abortion Factsheet you can find the answers to these questions: