In May, the Supreme Court put abortion on the roll for its next session by agreeing to hear Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The High Court’s decision to hear this case is on the seismometer of every American who closely follows the issue of abortion. This means that Roe v. Wade, who has been defining the reality of abortion in the country since 1973, is open to review and could be canceled.
The Mississippi law in question, which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, was struck down by an appeals court in 2019. The state then appealed to the Supreme Court.
Last week, the Mississippi attorney general submitted his brief to the Supreme Court. A central point of contention will be the question of sustainability. Viability – the point at which the unborn child can survive outside the womb – has been the legal criterion for drawing the line beyond which a woman’s alleged right to destroy the child within her does is more assumed.
Since viability is assumed to occur at 24 weeks, the 15-week provision in Mississippi law upsets that standard.
The Mississippi attorney general questions the appropriateness of the sustainability standard, in particular disputing that there is a basis in the Constitution.
But we have to dig deep here because we are not just dealing with the issue of the viability of the unborn child. We are faced with questions about the viability of our society and our country.
Can we really function as a society and as a nation while turning away from the most central problem facing any society – fear of the mystery of life?
There may indeed come a time when an unborn child can be removed from its mother and survive physically. But while there may be a time when this child might not need their mother to survive, they still need others. Someone has to take care of this child, which means someone has to take care of this child’s life. Otherwise, that child will die.
Thus, the legal idea of viability that sustained the world Roe v. Wade really doesn’t make sense.
In 2014, the Vatican hosted an international colloquium on “The complementarity of men and women”.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, delivered a speech on the marriage. He spoke of “the idea of love which brings new life to the world”. Sacks observed that “life begins when a man and a woman meet and kiss”.
It is difficult to believe in our nation today, when there is so much outrage against racism, many who see racism as a problem do not see indifference to the sanctity of life as a problem. problem.
But if all life is not sacred, if every human being is not a unique creation in the image of God, what is wrong with being racist?
Why would slavery be a problem if every human being is not a divine creation?
It is no coincidence that after the Roe v. Wade in 1973 we saw a collapse of the American family and now the general collapse of birth itself.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week: “In half of all states last year, more people died than people born, up from five states in 2019. Early estimates show that the total US population United rose 0.35% for the year ended July 1, 2020, the lowest on record, and growth is expected to remain almost stable this year. “
A society without families and children, with an increase in drug overdoses and suicides, with reports of too many individuals murdering unnecessarily people they do not know, is a society whose soul is in poor condition.
Restoring the sanctity of life in the womb is a good place to start making a difference.
My prayer is that the Supreme Court of the United States agrees.
Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the new weekly talk show, “Cure America with Star Parker”.