Roe v Wade Is Over, Abortion Isn’t

By: Slow to Write Topic: Abortion

Yesterday in their Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that abortion isn’t a constitutional right—a ruling that promptly overturned Roe v. Wade.

In his concurrence, Justice Thomas Clarence said:

“I join the opinion of the Court because it correctly holds that there is no constitutional right to abortion. Respondents invoke one source for that right: the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”

Meaning, yesterday the Supreme Court finally overturned the worst Supreme Court ruling in American history. Therefore yesterday was one of the greatest days in American history.

Nevertheless, Roe v. Wade is over, but abortion isn’t. 

Just hours after I screamed and jumped for joy all over the house—my wife says I was significantly more excited yesterday than I was at our wedding—I did what I had already planned on doing that day: pro-life work. 

Right after the news, I joined my friends at Created Equal in Columbus, Ohio for their annual Day of Action. We did pro-life outreach at Planned Parenthood in the afternoon, then I delivered a speech in the evening about the spiritual war behind the culture wars on abortion.

In other words, we celebrated the incredible news, then we went right back to work. 

This is because Roe v. Wade is over, but abortion isn’t over—therefore our work isn’t over either.

In fact, it’s likely that just as Republican states will continue to ban all or most abortions—Democrat states will continue to allow all or most abortions.

Planned Parenthood is still killing babies, therefore the pro-life movement will continue to save babies.

The political arm of the pro-life movement will continue to advocate for laws that will abolish all abortions. The pastoral arm of the pro-life movement will continue to help pregnant women and save their babies. And the prophetic arm of the pro-life movement will continue to call for our culture’s repentance and changed minds on abortion. 

So that one day, we will not merely celebrate that many states will ban most abortions. We’ll continue our work so that one day we will celebrate that all states have banned all abortions.

And not just that, yesterday I cried for two reasons. I cried in gratitude for America, and I cried in grief for Canada. As a Canadian member of the pro-life movement, I yearn for the day when I can celebrate for Canada the way I celebrated for America yesterday.

Still, though I’m grateful Roe v. Wade has come to an end, abortion hasn’t come to and yet—therefore our work also hasn’t come to an end.

Actually, our work will never be over. When I asked Mark Harrington, the president of Created Equal, what he’ll do when abortion becomes completely illegal in America, he said:

“I’ll work to make sure it stays that way.”

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