Last week, Nebraska Family Alliance joined an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, urging the Court to protect women and babies and overturn Roe v. Wade.
Several allied groups joined as parties to the brief, namely former Vice President Mike Pence’s Advancing American Freedom, Minnesota Family Council, The Family Leader, the Center for Political Renewal, and Family Heritage Alliance.
The brief provides legal arguments in support of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion law that the case centers on and lays the foundation for the Court to overturn the landmark decisions of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
Co-authored by True North Legal General Counsel Renee Carlson and Professor Teresa Collett of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the brief describes how the harms to women, families, and society caused by current abortion law have not been fully addressed by the Court.
“Societal developments since Roe and Casey were decided indicate that this Court’s disregard for the value of human life, and its minimization of society’s fundamental interest in protecting unborn children, have substantially harmed people’s “views of themselves and their places in society,” and that these harms have been particularly damaging to women. A number of deleterious social conditions have emerged that bear some relationship to current unfettered access to abortion.
Among these developments are first, declining formation of families with accompanying increases in family instability and single parent households (many living in poverty). Second, unrestricted access to abortion in some instances encourages pregnancy discrimination by employers who, based on the Court’s jurisprudence and abortion advocates’ public rhetoric, see pregnancy as just one personal choice among many. Third, both women and children’s mental wellbeing and happiness have suffered. Fourth, non-marital sexual activity has increased with simultaneous increases in unintended pregnancies, and coerced abortions. Finally, abortion has increasingly been justified (and made available) as a tool of eugenics—for the elimination of “excess” unborn children, or children of the wrong sex, race, or suffering from a disability.”
The case will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, and a decision is expected in the Spring or Summer of 2022.
Nebraska Family Alliance is dedicated to creating a culture of life, and protecting human life from conception to natural death.