All eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court this week as it begins to hear arguments on a potential landmark Mississippi abortion law case that could shake the foundation of the abortion issue for generations to come.
According to The Hill, pro-life politicians everywhere are praying for the best possible outcome, which would involve the complete dismantling of Roe v. Wade. Former Vice President Mike Pence is the latest high-profile conservative to express optimism in the outcome, saying SCOTUS now has the opportunity to right a “historic wrong.”
The former VP made a number of remarks about the case at the National Press Club this week, making crystal clear where he stands on the issue.
Pence’s political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom, filed an amicus brief in support of Mississippi’s attorney general who will defend the legislation in the high court.
Pence remains hopeful
Politicians and activist organizations on both sides of the abortion debate spent the first part of the week garnering as much airtime as possible during which they made their best arguments to the high court for their desired outcome.
Pence, while speaking on Tuesday night, expressed great hope and optimism that the conservative majority Supreme Court, thanks to former President Donald Trump, will be guided to ultimately overturn Roe, the 1973 decision that gave women across the country access to abortion.
“We are asking the Court, in no uncertain terms, to make history,” Pence’s speech notes read. “We are asking the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn Roe v. Wade and restore the sanctity of human life to the center of American law.”
Part of Pence’s argument against overturning Roe is that he believes America’s abortion laws are out of synch with laws in other countries, noting the strict abortion laws in countries such as France and Spain, where most procedures after 14 weeks of pregnancy are banned.
“When the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade — and I believe with all my heart that day will come, either now or in the near future — it will not come as a surprise to anyone,” an advance copy of Pence’s notes said.
What’s the Mississippi law?
Earlier this year, the southern state passed a new abortion ban that prevents most abortions from taking place after the 15-week mark of a pregnancy, which many believe is the new, updated timeline of fetal viability, compared to the nearly 50-year-old Roe decision that set the viability mark at roughly 23 weeks.
The crux of the argument brought to SCOTUS is whether it’s the right decision to turn over abortion laws back to the states, which, if that happened, would essentially deconstruct Roe v. Wade.
On Wednesday morning, during the start of the hearing, thousands from both sides of the debate gathered outside of the Supreme Court building to show support for and against the law.
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Author: Ryan Ledendecker
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