By Brandon Moseley
Several of Alabama’s Republican Congressmen commented on the day that the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Constitutionality of the Mississippi abortion law. Alabama is a staunchly pro-life state and the majority of Alabama’s congressional delegation share those sentiments.
Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL05) said, “Pro-life advocates, including some of my staff, are rallying at #SCOTUS today ahead of arguments in Dobbs vs. Jackson! I agree with Justice Thomas that "Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled." States should be able to protect life! #DobbsvJackson.”
“Roe v. Wade must be reversed because it violates the U.S. Constitution,” Brooks said. “Abortion is a political issue to be resolved via public discourse and duly elected officials, not by lifetime-appointed, unelected judges. Such is the essence of being a Republic.”
Congressman Barry Moore (R-AL02) said, “Today at the Supreme Court, I talked with a group of pro-life medical professionals about the major abortion case before the Court this morning. This is a monumental day in our nation's history as the Supreme Court considers striking down Roe v. Wade. Thank you to the brave men and women around the nation who are fighting for life!”
“Today, SCOTUS is hearing a major pro-life case,” Moore said. “Roe v. Wade was a terrible decision by an activist court that has allowed abortion to tragically end over 62 million lives. Every life is precious, and I will always unapologetically fight to protect the sanctity of life at every stage.”
Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL04) said, “For the first time in decades there is an opportunity for the Supreme Court to make real change when it comes to protecting the unborn. As I’ve said and will continue to say, no argument for abortion can overcome one fact: abortion stops an innocent human heartbeat.”
Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL06) said, “Today, our Supreme Court has the opportunity to defend our most vulnerable citizens, children in the womb. Unborn lives are human lives, and they deserve protection from the law of the land. By defending life in the womb, we empower women and their children, and we uphold the most sacred rights enshrined in our Constitution.”
Palmer added, “Did you know—
• By 5 weeks in utero: a baby has a heartbeat and the brain and spinal cord are developing
• At 10 weeks: arms, legs, fingers, and toes are formed and pain receptors have been developing for weeks
• At 15 weeks: the heart is fully formed and pumps 26 quarts of blood per day, and babies can taste and make facial expressions
Unborn lives are human lives.”
Congressman Jerry Carl (R-AL01) said, “Today is a pivotal day for the pro-life movement as the Supreme Court is hearing a case that will decide the future of abortion policy in our nation. Please join me in praying we can see Roe v Wade overturned!”
If the Supreme Court rules that the State of Mississippi can ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, then Alabama’s similar law, which is currently being blocked by Federal Judge Myron Thompson, would also likely be enforceable. Legislatures around the country would have new authority to restrict second-trimester abortions. It is unlikely, but also possible that the Supreme Court could simply overturn Roe v. Wade itself, putting this issue back in the purview of state legislatures entirely.
Abortion providers and the pro-choice movement hope that the Court will reaffirm Roe and rule that the Court was correct in blocking the Mississippi abortion law.
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