Everyday Americans look to the U.S. Supreme Court to be the arbiter of wisdom and remain above the political fray that sometimes plagues the nation. Unfortunately, the high court has not always been immune to political leanings, and gross missteps such as the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling ranks among its worst.
But the decision to snatch away states’ rights and make abortion legal throughout the country is now hanging in the balance. A Louisiana case known as June Medical Services v. Gee could mark the beginning of the end for abortion-on-demand in the U.S.
It seems counterintuitive that a Democrat state senator would push through a measure that could finally curtail the more than 52 million abortions that have been performed since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. But Louisiana Democrat Katrina Jackson introduced the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act as a “common sense” “health standard law” that requires abortion clinics to have a doctor on staff who can admit patients to a nearby hospital in cases of emergency.
“It’s very important for the pro-life movement and for women everywhere in Louisiana because it ensures that the standards of health care are not lower in the area of abortion,” state Sen. Jackson reportedly said. “Imagine this. A woman hemorrhages during the time of her procedure. Who do you want? You want a competent doctor who has access to health care for you at that point.”
The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act was reportedly a reaction to the state lawmaker discovering Louisiana had a dangerously low standard, and women remained at heightened risk of complications and death. Her bill set off a firestorm in the Democratic party as national leaders continue to pressure state legislatures and governors to enact the most extreme abortion laws. New York, for example, now denies life-saving healthcare if a child survives an abortion and is born alive. The powerful forces that turn a profit from ending the lives of the unborn are drawing battle lines over the Louisiana case.
“Access to abortion is hanging by a thread in this country, and this case is what could snap that thread,” Planned Parenthood official Alexis McGill Johnson reportedly said.
Johnson is not exaggerating what seems like a simple case of providing adequate health and safety protections. Since the radical leftists of the Democratic Party took hold of its leadership and policies, pro-lifers within its ranks have been silenced. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez made the party’s position clear that members are either pro-abortion or they stand alone. Perez made a substantial miscalculation as upwards of 55 percent of Democrats across the nation favor some level of restriction on abortion.
Overall, a growing number of Americans are leaning pro-life, and the March for Life in Washington, D.C., has reached record attendance. President Donald Trump recently became the first president in history to speak at the thousands-strong gathering, and declared himself the “most pro-life president in history.”
“Senate Democrats even blocked legislation that would give medical care to babies who survive attempted abortions. That’s why I’ve called on Congress — two of our great senators here, so many of our congressmen here — and called upon them to defend the dignity of life and to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in their mother’s womb,” Trump said. “We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve, the dreams they will imagine, the masterpieces they will create, the discoveries they will make. But we know this: Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting. And above all, we know that every human soul is divine, and every human life — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of Almighty God.”
What’s particularly problematic for extremist Democrats is that state lawmakers such as Louisiana Sen. Jackson are echoing the president’s sentiments on this issue, not that of their own party leaders.
“We’re hoping that one day, as far as the pro-life movement is concerned, D.C. will look more like Louisiana,” state Sen. Jackson reportedly said. “When we see people attacking you because you’re a pro-life Democrat, we’re coming to your aid.”
Now that the conservative wing of the U.S. Supreme Court has been restored by President Trump, a 5-4 decision to uphold the Louisiana law is expected. This marks the first significant restriction to abortion nationally, and one that could now open the door to abortion clinics being required to provide information about mental health issues such as the depression and guilt women suffer as a result of having an abortion. Liberal extremists and those profiting from abortion fear the possibility of women being able to make truly informed decisions. This seemingly trivial Louisiana case may just turn the tide.