Washington D.C. — June 24, 2022. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a legal ruling which led to the deaths of over 60 million unborn children from 1973-2022. Last year, the State of Mississippi asked CRE to assist in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health by writing an amicus brief that would challenge the viability standard and call for Roe v. Wade to be overturned.
In Dobbs, Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO), the State’s last remaining abortion clinic, challenged a law Mississippi passed banning abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy gestation. Roe’s viability rule shielded abortions after 15 weeks because the precedent did not consider unborn children “viable” outside the womb until latter stages of pregnancy.
In the amicus brief, CRE challenged the viability rule, questioning the workability of the standard, pointing out rapidly changing advancements in ultrasound technology that allows individuals to see clear images of a baby’s development in the womb. The brief also articulated how advancements in technology have made it possible for babies to survive outside of the womb in much earlier stages of pregnancy than when the Roe decision was decided. As argued in the brief, CRE contends Mississippi and other states should be free to regulate abortion at the point when they can detect signs of human life, starting at conception. This led to CRE asking the Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade, which the Court ultimately chose to do, accepting the arguments presented by CRE.
“This is a monumental win for life, which by God’s grace will lead to the end of abortion in our country” said CRE Chief Counsel Nate Kellum. “Standing on the shoulders of those who have fought and prayed for this day, CRE is very grateful for the opportunity to play a role, even a small one, in helping overturn Roe v. Wade.”
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