Lansing, MI — On July 29, Right to Life of Michigan filed an amicus curiae brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court will likely hear oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case in the fall.
Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, “In 1972, Michigan voters determined our state’s law protecting unborn children should stand. Just weeks later, their vote was overturned by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Democracy is threatened every time unelected judges overstep their bounds and overturn legitimate election results.”
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization involves a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy—with several exceptions.
The brief argues that the U.S. Supreme Court overstepped its authority in Roe v. Wade: “This Court in Roe incorrectly concluded that the Fourteenth Amendment includes a liberty interest in the right to abort a pre-born child. Not a single word uttered or written in the promulgation of the Fourteenth Amendment even remotely suggests that the Amendment includes a right to abortion.”
Listing said, “Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton have allowed unlimited abortion in America since 1973. Since then, more than 60 million unborn children have had their lives taken from them. American voters don’t support the result of Roe v. Wade. Polling routinely shows that less than a quarter of Americans support abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. The radical view that an unborn child has zero human worth shouldn’t prevail over the U.S. Constitution, laws, a large majority of voters, and democracy itself. It’s time for Roe to go.”
The brief was submitted on behalf of Right to Life of Michigan, as well as the National Catholic Bioethics Center and two prolife obstetrician-gynecologists, Drs. Gianina Cazan-London and Melissa Halvorson. The brief was prepared by lead counsel Professor William Wagner and the Great Lakes Justice Center.