Life is on the march across the nation.
And more and more states are passing new Pro-Life legislation to help end the abortion mills’ hold on the country.
That’s why Students for Life is applauding the growing number of states passing Pro-Life legislation in just a year since Dobbs.
Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Dobbs case and in a much-anticipated ruling overturned the incorrectly decided Roe v. Wade case.
While many states had abortion laws on the books before the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, they were unable to enforce them or pass new legislation due to the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
Half the country now protects life
But in the year since the Dobbs ruling last June, 25 states have passed, or started enforcing, laws restricting abortions after 12 weeks or sooner, with 14 of them banning abortion completely or with extremely limited exceptions.
And eight more are awaiting court decisions before enforcing the laws.
“The momentum for protecting life is for early limits, which reflects what we are seeing across the country,” Students For Life Vice President of Political Affairs and State Operations Dustin Curtis recently told the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF).
And Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America Vice President of State Affairs Stephen Billy told reporters during a press conference that roughly 60,000 abortions had been prevented in the past 11 months and if all 25 states’ legislation were to go into full effect, roughly 200,000 would be stopped per year.
According to SFLA’s Curtis, their efforts are just getting started.
Still more to do
Curtis told the DCNF that their efforts have been largely focused on first-trimester abortion legislation in the states over the past year and with real success, but there is more to do.
“The momentum for protecting life is for early limits, which reflects what we are seeing across the country,” Curtis said. “With more than 9 in 10 abortions taking place by 12 weeks (3 months) limiting abortion after that point changes almost nothing.”
During a press conference earlier this week, Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser touted the results of the past year and blasted those who continue to push for no limits on abortion.
“Literally half of the country has acted to protect unborn children and also to serve their mothers, while the left again has battled [against] every single step, every single inch, and against every single limit, no matter the gestational age of the unborn child,” Dannenfelser said. “This is what it looks like when democracy starts to get to work on such a profound human rights battle and the one of our time.”
Despite the gains made by the Pro-Life movement, polls have shown some Americans are still hesitant to place heavy restrictions on abortion access.
A recent poll in April reported that 60% of Americans indicated they would not support a ban on chemical abortions or the abortion pill.
Curtis told the DCNF, however, that polls are “only as good or bad as the questions asked” and many groups don’t “spell out the reality of abortion or even ask a follow-up question.”
As life marches on, there is more to be done and Students for Life is leading the troops.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.