By Sharayah Colter
June 5, 2023
One year ago this month, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, paving the way for legislative bodies to protect the sanctity of life in ways that had been out of reach for 50 years. The historic, landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that dismantled erroneous attempts to find a "right to abortion" in the U.S. Constitution came unexpectedly to many who had prayed for such an outcome but who knew the uphill battle it would require.
While much of the world spends June joining the digital bandwagon of LGBTQ promotion by bathing company logos in rainbow colors and demanding that homosexuality and transgender ideology not only be tolerated but embraced, the Dobbs decision delivered the month of June to pro-life advocates as an excellent opportunity to celebrate the protection of life rather than "pride."
Now, pro-life organizations and evangelical leaders across the nation are reclaiming June as "Life Month," and in so doing, illustrating in real time John 1:5: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
In honor of this first anniversary of the Dobbs decision, take a look back at a few of the more memorable sections of the Court's ruling from June 2022:
"We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."
"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division."
"Defenders of Roe and Casey do not claim that any new scientific learning calls for a different answer to the underlying moral question, but they do contend that changes in society require the recognition of a constitutional right to obtain an abortion."
"As Justice Byron White aptly put it in his dissent, the decision represented the 'exercise of raw judicial power,' and it sparked a national controversy that has embittered our political culture for a half century."
"It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives."
Take June to thank God for the overturning of the disastrous Roe v. Wade decision, to acknowledge the loss of more than 63 million children killed by abortion in the United States since 1973, and to explore ways to help promote a culture of life in a post-Roe America.
A great work is to be celebrated, and great work remains to be done in the stand for life.