WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2020 — During today’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barret, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) passionately defended legal protections for the unborn. He also argued that lawmakers, not unelected judges, should make decisions about abortion.
“Life is in fact valuable. It’s not a religious statement to make that observation. In fact, it’s the foundation of basically all of our laws,” Lee said, “not just in this country, not just in in countries with Christian origins, but in basically every country that has ever existed anywhere in the world.”
“The purpose of government is to protect life,” he added. “That’s what it’s about.
Lee argued that decisions on abortion ideally should not be made by the Supreme Court, but by elected lawmakers, saying that “if we’re going to leave those things perpetually in the hands of the unelected, it might be really convenient for political fundraising within Congress. But it’s not good for the United States of America. It’s not good for a constitutionally limited government. It’s not good for our individual liberties.”
“Disputes regarding abortion didn’t begin with Roe v. Wade,” the senator explained. “What did change with Roe v. Wade, however, was the federalization and the grasping of the issue and the taking it beyond the realm of political debate within the federal judiciary, such that elected lawmakers were no longer in a position to be the primary drivers of policy.”
“As a result, over the last few decades, you’ve had all kinds of questions that have been put into uncertainty,” he continued. “You’ve got uncertainty by people at the state level who want to make their own decisions about certain things around abortion. They know they can’t prohibit it entirely. They know that there’s this undue burden standard that has to be addressed.”
Lee mentioned that while “nobody’s completely sure in advance what that means,” many states “work around it” on issues like “health and safety qualifications for abortion clinics, how close an abortion clinic needs to be to an accredited hospital, how it needs to be staffed, and what the sanitation protocols are.”
The senator also said that some states have passed laws in light of “abundant medical science showing that an unborn human can feel and respond to pain” as early as “10 or 12 gestational weeks.”
“If we can’t agree on the fact that it’s reasonable that people ought to be able to have some say, at least at some limit, at least at some point beyond the moment when an unborn human can feel and respond to pain, then something’s wrong with us,” said Lee.
PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):
With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.
We now encourage the Senate to confirm Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett has a fantastic track recond on sanctity of life issues, has seven children, and is a devout believer. She is the perfect remedy for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's radical pro-abortionism.
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PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):
In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.
PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):
Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)
PETITION UPDATE (1/3/2020):
In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.
Some of these supporting briefs also suggest that now is the time to reconsider Roe vs Wade as sound law.
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More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred.
It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it.
Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved.
However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.
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“The legitimacy of those laws are [sic] thrown into the federal courts yet again — all because those were made federal issues,” Lee concluded.
He also appeared to address concerns voiced by some Democratic senators that the confirmation of Barrett will lead to tightened abortion restrictions across the country.
“You’d have the impression from Washington debates, and in protests outside the Supreme Court of the United States — you’d have the impression that if Roe v. Wade didn’t exist, that all of a sudden abortion would immediately become illegal in every state in America. That assumes a lot of facts not in evidence. In fact, that assumes a lot of things contrary to evidence,” Lee said.
Lee pointed out that “the availability of an abortion or lack thereof” is not contingent “upon anyone’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.”
He pointed out that “the fate of health care in America” doesn’t turn “on whether or not someone is confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Nor is it a fact to suggest that the availability of an abortion or lack thereof” depends upon a Supreme Court nomination.
According to Lee, the ongoing “personal” and “ugly” discussion about abortion proves that “we’ve tried to take a debatable matter beyond debate, and we’ve tried to take it outside the political branches of government, where people can elect their individual representatives, and have laws respecting and reflecting the views of their respective communities.”