Dobbs Can Help Us See The Cruelty That Is Abortion

Kathryn Jean Lopez

Is the Supreme Court going to overrule Roe v. Wade? That’s the question raised by the abortion case before the Court in the fall. “Roe and Casey are egregiously wrong,” the attorney general of Mississippi, Lynn Fitch, writes in her brief for Dobbs. “The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition.” I saw the brief for the first time as I was standing across from an abortion clinic in Manhattan. “Roe and Casey have inflicted significant damage,” she writes. She was specifically talking about the law and how abortion jurisprudence has been a disservice to “principles of democratic self-governance.”

As the brief was being filed, I saw a young woman crying on a street corner after an abortion. Abortion hurts women and kills children. Shortly thereafter, another young woman walked out with a friend, who asked her if she was okay. “Am I okay? Are you really asking, Am I okay?” She was not okay. And we’re not okay with nearly a half-century of legal abortion in the United States. Dobbs is an opportunity for us to reflect on what we’re doing with legal abortion in America.

Fitch writes something that should be quite self-evident from looking around the Internet and the streets I frequent, where prayer regularly gets hissed at. “Far from bringing peace to the controversy over abortion, Roe and Casey have made matters worse.”

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