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https://www.foxnews.com/politics/supreme-court-overturns-roe-v-wade-dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization?fbclid=IwAR3qPZdvN87ks9RaPiSe2u9zc7UztrJP0UqsBkkh1qTrrS1CZWrBd1Sid1g Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in landmark abortion decision Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade centered on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks Video Link: Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade Fox News' chief legal correspondent Shannon Bream provides details on the Supreme Court's ruling that reverses the long-standing precedent on abortion in America. NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! Listen to this article 0:00 / 9:32 1X BeyondWords The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether. The ruling came in the court's opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican-led state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place. "We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court's opinion. Alito's opinion began with an exploration and criticism of Roe v. Wade and its holding that while states have "a legitimate interest in protecting ‘potential life,'' this interest was not strong enough to prohibit abortions before the time of fetal viability, understood to be at about 23 weeks into pregnancy. LIVE UPDATES: SUPREME COURT ROE V. WADE DECISION A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) "The Court did not explain the basis for this line, and even abortion supporters have found it hard to defend Roe’s reasoning," Alito wrote. Chief Justice John Roberts agreed that the viability line "never made any sense," but said he would have taken "a more measured course" with this case. Rather than overturn Roe v. Wade altogether, Roberts said he would have continued to recognize a right to get an abortion, and that the right should "extend far enough to ensure a reasonable opportunity to choose, but need not extend any further." The court's majority took a firmer stance against Roe v. Wade and the subsequent case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, holding "that Roe and Casey must be overruled." They countered the Roberts concurrence by claiming that such an approach "would only put off the day when we would be forced to confront the question we now decide." The court described how the Roe opinion did not specifically explain where the right to abortion came from, rather it provided several areas of the Constitution that might provide such a right. Alito wrote that the Casey decision "did not defend this unfocused analysis," instead grounding the right in the "liberty" protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. MORE THAN 2 DOZEN STATES TO RESTRICT ABORTIONS AFTER ROE V. WADE OVERTURNED The court's opinion recognized that the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause has been found to guarantee certain rights that are not spelled out in the Constitution, but that those rights are "deeply rooted in this Nation's history and tradition." Abortion, the court said, "does not fall within this category," as "such a right was entirely unknown in American law" until the late 20th century. The earliest sources for a right to an abortion, the Court said, are "a few" state and district court decisions from "shortly before Roe," and "a small number of law review articles from the same time period." Alito referenced the dissenting opinion from Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor, stating that it "is very candid that it cannot show that a constitutional right to abortion has any foundation, let alone a ‘deeply rooted’ one, ‘in this Nation’s history and tradition.’" "The dissent's failure to engage with this long tradition is devastative to its position," Alito wrote. Video The majority opinion also noted that the dissent did not provide any "serious discussion" of the states' interest in protecting the life of a fetus, while also making clear that the Court's ruling "is not based on any view about if and when prenatal life is entitled to any of the rights enjoyed after birth." The court then addressed the concept of stare decisis – the tradition of following established court precedent. "Overruling a precedent is a serious matter," Alito wrote. "It is not a step that should be taken lightly." Still, he said, if the Supreme Court never overturned precedent, "American constitutional law as we know it would be unrecognizable, and this would be a different country." The Court then asserted that there are five reasons why Roe and Casey should be overruled: "the nature of their error, the quality of their reasoning, the ‘workability’ of the rules they imposed on the country, their disruptive effect on other areas of the law, and the absence of concrete reliance." Video The Court explained that Casey's test of whether a law places an "undue burden" on the ability to get an abortion "has scored poorly on the workability scale," citing the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who said that the test is "inherently standardless." The majority criticized Casey for its vagueness and ambiguity, and its failure to give a "clear answer" as to how to apply its undue burden test. The opinion went on to explain that Roe and Casey disrupted other areas of law, claiming that they "have diluted the strict standard for facial constitutional challenges," ignored key judicial principles, and "distorted First Amendment doctrines." MORE THAN 2 DOZEN STATES TO RESTRICT ABORTION AFTER ROE V WADE OVERTURNED IN DOBBS DECISION Addressing the issue of reliance, the Court stated that such an interest typically arises "where advance planning of great precision is most obviously a necessity." Alito wrote that Casey itself "conceded that those traditional reliance interests were not implicated because getting an abortion is generally ‘unplanned activity." As for Casey's claim that people have made decisions about their relationships in reliance on abortion being an available option, the Court said that this is not concrete enough, and that "this Court is ill-equipped to assess ‘generalized assertions about the national psyche.’" Alito then addressed the argument made in Casey that "[t]he American people’s belief in the rule of law would be shaken if they lost respect for this Court as an institution that decides important cases based on principle, not ‘social and political pressures.’" While he recognized that there is indeed "a special danger" that the public will view a decision this way, Alito countered that "we cannot allow our decisions to be affected by any extraneous influences such as concern about the public’s reaction to our work." ABORTION RIGHTS TO EXPAND IN BLUE STATES AFTER ROE V. WADE OVERTURNED Public reaction to a possible overruling of Roe well before the Court handed down Friday's decision. A leak of a draft opinion by Alito from February that reached the same conclusion caused nationwide debate and promoted pro-choice activist protests at the homes of the six conservative justices. In addition, dozens of pro-life pregnancy centers were vandalized since the opinion leak, Catholic churches were targeted for protests and unrest, and a suspect was charged with attempted murder for allegedly trying to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Despite this, Alito wrote that the response to the Court's ruling was unknown at the time the case was decided, nor would it matter. "We do not pretend to know how our political system or society will respond to today’s decision overruling Roe and Casey. And even if we could foresee what will happen, we would have no authority to let that knowledge influence our decision," he wrote. "We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives." As for any future constitutional challenges to abortion restrictions, the Court said those laws should generally be valid as long as they have a rational basis. People protest about abortion, Friday, June 24, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) The dissent accused the majority of ignoring a woman's interest in making decisions about child bearing for herself. "It says that from the very moment of fertilization, a woman has no rights to speak of. A State can force her to bring a pregnancy to term, even at the steepest personal and familial costs," Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor said. "Across a vast array of circumstances, a State will be able to impose its moral choice on a woman and coerce her to give birth to a child," they added. The dissent also claimed that the court's ruling jeopardizes other rights, such as the rights to contraception and same-sex marriage. "They are all part of the same constitutional fabric, protecting autonomous decisionmaking over the most personal of life decisions," the dissenting justices said.
8 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-16-2021 December 16, 2021 Life, Liberty, and Penumbra My good friend, fellow patriot, attorney, and retired U.S. Army Major (Retired) William Ostan, agreed to share some insights with us regarding the Dobbs abortion case. His insights are important. “As the Dobbs case brought the macabre issue of abortion back to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness, I re-remembered my time as a student at Pepperdine Law School. I began my studies with the premise that all life is sacred and therefore knew that abortion was a grievous wrong. What I shockingly learned at law school was that the Supreme Court Justice who authored the Roe v. Wade case knew that his reasoning was also wrong according to the U.S. Constitution, but he wrote the fatal majority opinion anyway. “When I read Roe, and the cases that came before and after it, I always experienced righteous anger and cognitive dissonance. This is because the Justices were very smart lawyers at the pinnacle of their profession, but they were making very stupid abortion-related rulings based on nothing that resembled Constitutional law. In fact, Justice Blackmun admitted this in his Roe opinion when he stated, ‘The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy…however,…the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy…does exist under the Constitution…in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights’  “I didn’t know what a “penumbra” was but thought it must be something unbelievably profound and clearly convincing, since it was being used to create the right of privacy - the faulty foundation on which abortion was built. I found out that “penumbra” began as an astronomy term and was borrowed by the legal profession. It means, ‘a partial shade or obscurity on the margin of the perfect shade in an eclipse; or between the perfect shade, where the light is entirely intercepted, and the full light.’  So basically, Justice Blackmun ‘discovered’ the right to privacy, which has enabled a mother to murder her child, in the darkness of a shadow emanating from the Bill of Rights. His ridiculous jurisprudence would be laughable if the consequences weren’t so tragic. “If law school taught me anything, it’s that intelligence does not automatically guarantee wisdom. They are different. In other words, even if someone is very smart, it doesn’t mean they possess moral clarity on the sacred issues of life and liberty. “And that’s exactly what we need to pray for the Justices to possess in this case – namely, the moral clarity and personal courage to overrule one of the most heinous and evil decisions in our country’s history. Below are a couple of insights that will encourage you to pray with endurance until the Dobbs case is formally decided. “1) First, the 1st week in December truly was an extremely important time for Dobbs as oral arguments were presented, and the 9 Justices met by themselves that Friday for a preliminary vote on their decision. However, this is not necessarily a final vote, as some believe. If the decision is close, then the Justices will lobby each other right up until this summer when the final written opinion is released with the force of law. “There is a precedent for this happening before with landmark cases. For example, the Obamacare ruling seemed strange when it was released as Chief Justice Roberts’ legal reasoning was incoherent. Also, the minority opinion written by the four conservative Justices read like a majority opinion. Supreme Court experts were initially confused. “What came to light later is that John Roberts switched sides in May (mere weeks before the final written decision was released) despite a one-month campaign from Anthony Kennedy to stay with the conservatives on the right side of a 5-4 vote. Jan Crawford of CBS News reported, ‘I am told by two sources with specific knowledge of the court’s deliberations that Roberts initially sided with the conservatives in this case and was prepared to strike down…the individual mandate. But Roberts…changed his views, deciding instead to join with the liberals. There was a one-month campaign to bring Roberts back into the conservative fold, led, ironically, by Anthony Kennedy.’  “The Dobbs case, like Obamacare, may go down to the wire. We must pray without ceasing until the final written opinion is released in June or July, 2022. Anything can happen in the next several months. “2) Second, and in my opinion most importantly, we must pray for who is assigned to write the opinion. If Chief Justice Roberts is in the majority, then he will decide who writes it. His previous written opinions have shown him to be highly concerned with the legal doctrine of stare decisis et non quieta movere, which is Latin for ‘to stand by things decided, and not to disturb settled points.’  Because of stare decisis, Roberts may be unwilling to completely overturn Roe and his opinion could take an incrementalistic ‘middle-ground’ approach. “Therefore, while this may seem counter-intuitive, it could be better to have a 5-4 win without Roberts than a 6-3 win with him. If a 5-4 win happens, then Justice Clarence Thomas will decide who writes the opinion. He may write it himself (which would be great, as he possesses moral clarity) or assign it to another Justice in the conservative majority. Wouldn’t it be amazing if he selected Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a mother with adopted children, to write the opinion that finally overturns almost 50 years of abortion! “The late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was a stalwart conservative and Constitutional originalist, would write scathing minority opinions in any abortion related cases that came to the Supreme Court after Roe. In 1992’s Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, he wrote: ‘…the Court merely prolongs and intensifies the anguish. We should get out of this area, where we have no right to be, and where we do neither ourselves nor the country any good by remaining.’  “The entire dissenting opinion by Justice Scalia in Casey displayed his brilliance and prescience 30 years ago. Let’s pray together that he is finally proven right, and a favorable ruling in Dobbs is the beginning of the end to our national anguish over abortion.” Pray with me:  Heavenly Father, we thank You that the Supreme Court has granted a hearing for the Dobbs case. We appeal to You, the Supreme Judge of all the earth, to safeguard life in America. Please completely overturn Roe v. Wade. We pray by name for Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. May the Holy Spirit move in their hearts and minds so that they would rule on the side of life.[10 ]Break through any seared consciences and give them renewed moral clarity so that they can see right from wrong. We ask that the Justices would not be influenced by political pressure or perceived public opinion, but that they would be impartial in their judgment. Father, we pray that the fear of You would be present as the Justices deliberate the case and negotiate with one another. Please grant strength to the 5 conservatives to hold the line on life, regardless of Roberts’ influence. Give the entire 9 divine wisdom, the true wisdom from heaven, and empower them to be free from any confusion the enemy may cause. Let them be clear-minded and free from distraction. Lord, we implore You to frustrate the pro-abortion activists’ and the media’s attempts to deceive the American public by labeling pro-life policy as extreme. We also ask that You inspire pro-life advocates to continue their efforts to discover creative ways to tell the beautiful stories of choosing life. We pray that accurate information will be distributed to the public about how policies like Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act protects mothers and babies. Let the Dobbs case mark the beginning of the end to our national anguish over abortion. Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America!  Our decree: We decree that Dobbs will completely overturn Roe v. Wade and be the first step in totally eradicating the scourge of abortion from America so that our land will be healed. *************************************** Bio: William J. Ostan, Esq. is a retired United States Army Major and the recipient of two bronze stars. He is the founder and CEO of Arc of Justice, a nonprofit organization that advocates for wounded warriors. Will is the co-author of the Wounded Warrior Bill of Rights (House Resolution 6043) and is a Blackstone Fellow. You can find out more about his story here or at arcofjusticeusa.org Click on the link below to watch the full video.  Will the Justices Let Go of Abortion?, Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal, December 4-5, 2021.  Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).  American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828. Definition of “penumbra.”  Don’t trust the so-called experts and prognosticators who are predicting the Dobbs outcome based on the questions posed by the different Justices during oral arguments on Wednesday, December 1st. Anyone who has spent a single day in law school knows that the Socratic method of instruction is used. This method is basically a litany of ongoing questions where, instead of presenting information for a student to regurgitate on a test as in college, the law professor asks probing questions of the student to have them arrive at an epiphany of legal reasoning. Oftentimes during the Socratic method, the law professor will play “devil’s advocate” by asking misleading questions to test the knowledge of the student. All the Justices are graduates of elite law schools and have been trained by the Socratic method. There have been many cases in the past where questions asked during oral argument bear no indication of the way the court will rule. One seemingly simple legal nuance that didn’t come up in oral arguments can radically alter the final written opinion. While I have high hopes that Dobbs is indeed the moment that the pro-life prayer movement has been leading up to for 50 years, we should not think that the hard work of intercessory prayer is complete.  The Inside Story on How Roberts Changed His Supreme Court Vote on Obamacare by Avik Roy. https://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2012/07/01/the-supreme-courts-john-roberts-changed-his-obamacare-vote-in-may/?sh=7a3c71ced701 Accessed on December 10th, 2021.  Black’s Law Dictionary, Deluxe, 7th Edition. Bryan A. Gardner, Editor in Chief. Page 1414. This is the doctrine of a precedent, under which it is necessary for a court to follow earlier judicial decisions when the same points arise again in litigation.  An excellent treatise on Justice Scalia’s judicial philosophy is his book “A Matter of Interpretation – Federal Courts and the Law.” This book includes responses from four writers with differing points of view to include Gordon Wood, Laurence Tribe, Mary Ann Glendon, and Ronald Dworkin.  Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992). Here is a fuller rendering of Justice Scalia’s final sentences in his dissent: “…by foreclosing all democratic outlet for the deep passions this issue arouses, by banishing the issue from the political forum that gives all participants, even the losers, the satisfaction of a fair hearing and an honest fight, by continuing the imposition of a rigid national rule instead of allowing for regional differences, the Court merely prolongs and intensifies the anguish. We should get out of this area, where we have no right to be, and where we do neither ourselves nor the country any good by remaining.”  This prayer was adapted from some of the prayer points in Alliance Defending Freedom’s “Generational Wins Prayer Guide” which can be accessed at www.adflegal.org/prayer  Proverbs 21:1  Deuteronomy 16:19  Proverbs 8:13  Proverbs 1:23  Proverbs 26:24-26  Psalm 119:160  These last two sentences are the 22-word prayer that millions of people have prayed around the world because of the Bound 4 Life movement. Find out more about how you can join Matt Lockett and his team at www.bound4life.com
6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/december-3-2021 December 3, 2021 The Supreme Court Must Get it Right Today "America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts -- a child -- as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners. Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign."(1) (Mother Teresa) As we pray today regarding the Supreme Court Justices’ votes which will occur today, let’s ponder what some great leaders have said about abortion. The above poignant quote from the late Mother Teresa, one of the great humanitarians of our time, rightly says that Roe Vs. Wade “deformed” America. In 1983, the great Ronald Reagan in his profound article, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” stated: “Our nationwide policy of abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy was neither voted for by our people nor enacted by our legislators - not a single state had such unrestricted abortion before the Supreme Court decreed it to be national policy in 1973... “Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court’s result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right... Nowhere do the plain words of the Constitution even hint at a ‘right’ so sweeping as to permit abortion up to the time the child is ready to be born. Yet that is what the Court ruled.”(2) Reagan’s entire article is worth reading; you can find it easily online. Such an easy, simple decision - no vote of the people, no legislative law, no Constitutional intent - with such profound results. One would think more Presidents, at least so-called pro-life conservatives, would have been more vocal regarding the decision. Only President Trump, the most pro-life President in history, has attended the annual pro-life rally in D.C. “Donald Trump became the first US president to attend America's largest annual anti-abortion rally. “He addressed thousands of protesters at the March for Life near the U.S. Capitol while his impeachment trial was ongoing. “President Trump said: ‘We're here for a very simple reason: to defend the right of every child, born and unborn, to fulfill their God-given potential.’ “The annual demonstration first began in 1974 - a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v Wade. “Until now no president had ever attended the march, which takes place just steps from the White House, though previous Republican presidents, including George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, have addressed the group remotely.”(3) Liberty University hosted Dr. Alveda King at Convocation Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, to discuss several topics. Her personal experiences make her comments even more meaningful. “The niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Alveda King, discussed her journey from having multiple abortions and voting as a Democrat for decades, to eventually being coined as ‘the Conservative King,’ and a pro-life figure. After her conversion to Christianity in 1983, she now firmly stands for the protection of people throughout their entire lives, starting at conception and ending at death, which is something she calls ‘womb to tomb.’ “‘What’s interesting is that my mom wanted to abort me in 1950 because she was a college student,’ Alveda King said. ‘Abortion was illegal, but this exploratory procedure is what she wanted.’ “According to Alveda King, her mother was persuaded by her grandfather to keep her baby after he described a dream he had several years prior, which described what the baby would look like. Alveda King claims this interaction to be a ‘prophetic ultrasound,’ though she did not link it to her pro-life stance until many years later. “‘I didn’t know then that I was born into the pro-life movement,’ Alveda King said. ‘God called me away from my liberal living. I had two abortions, a miscarriage, divorce, I was just living in the world. In 1983, God said that he wanted me to give my testimony. So I became a voice for life in 1983 when I was born-again, but I had been rescued in the womb, and I didn’t know it.’” (4) And finally, the late, and very esteemed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated, after Planned Parenthood vs Casey in 1992: “The States may, if they wish, permit abortion on demand, but the Constitution does not require them to do so. The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting… “Roe fanned into life an issue that has inflamed our national politics in general, and has obscured with its smoke the selection of Justices to this Court in particular, ever since. And by keeping us in the abortion umpiring business, it is the perpetuation of that disruption, rather than any pax Roeana, that the Court’s new majority decrees.”(5) Pax Roeana is a twist of the phrase “Pax Romana,” which means “Roman Peace” and refers to a roughly 200-year period of peace during Roman rule. His play on words is meant to emphasize the incredible turmoil the Court’s rulings on abortion have created. Later, in a 2010 speech at the University of Richmond, Justice Scalia stated his scorn for the inappropriate abuses of the Court: “But some of the liberties the Supreme Court has found to be protected by that word - liberty - nobody thought constituted a liberty when the 14th Amendment was adopted. Abortion? It was criminal in all states.”(6) Indeed..! Finally, God had something to say about life in the womb: “You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. I thank You, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything You do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly You know me, Lord! You even formed every bone in my body when You created (raqam - ‘to variegate colors; embroider; needlework; fabricate; to be skillfully wrought’) me in the secret place; carefully, skillfully You shaped me from nothing to something. You saw who You created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days You planned for me were already recorded in Your book. Every single moment You are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that You cherish me constantly in Your every thought! O God, Your desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on every shore! When I awake each morning, You’re still with me.” (Psalm 139:13-17; TPT) Let’s pray that the Court gets it right today..! Pray with me: Father, You formed us in our mother’s womb, weaving us into the person You wanted and needed. You chose our purpose, and while we were being formed wove into us the gifts and abilities we would need to accomplish that purpose (Galatians 1:15). You filled John with Your Spirit while he was still in the womb (Luke 1:15). He leaped for joy in his mother’s womb when Mary, pregnant with Christ, entered the room (Luke 1:41). Fetuses that are not yet human beings are not filled with Your Spirit and don’t leap for joy. John was obviously already a person. Paul’s destiny and identity were shaped while still in his mother’s womb (Galatians 1:15). Forgive America, Father, for killing our children. Today, we join with the blood of 60 million babies, crying out to You for justice. Please end America’s covenant with death (Isaiah 28:15-18). Help us this day, Father, end the shedding of innocent blood in our land. Move on enough Supreme Court Justices to give life a victory today. [5 of the 9, a simple majority, must vote for life.] Peel back any veil blinding them to truth. Enable them to see through the maze of twisted and tangled legal arguments, the layers of what-ifs and wherefores. Show the insidiousness and lunacy of finding the right to kill babies in the word “privacy.” How simple this decision should be! The framers of the Constitution would be shocked and horrified at what we have done with their words. Awaken the conscience of our nation, and start with 5 Justices. In Jesus' Name we pray..! Our decree: We decree that life and decency will prevail in the United States of America. ***************************************** Click on the link below to watch the full video. _________________________________ Mother Teresa, "Notable and Quotable," Wall Street Journal, 2/25/94, p. A14. “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,” by Ronald Reagan, first appeared in The Human Life Review, Spring, 1983. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51239795 https://www.liberty.edu/champion/2020/01/dr-alveda-king-niece-of-martin-luther-king-jr-shares-stories-about-her-uncle-and-her-involvement-in-the-pro-life-movement-at-convocation/ https://www.deseret.com/2016/2/17/20582632/5-colorful-quotes-from-scalia-on-abortion#file-in-this-oct-20-2015-file-photo-supreme-court-justice-antonin-scalia-speaks-at-the-university-of-minnesota-in-minneapolis-white-house-lawyers-are-scouring-a-lifes-worth-of-information-about-president-barack-obamas-potential-picks-for-the-supreme-court-ranging-from-the-mundane-to-the-intensely-personal-in-replacing-the-late-justice-antonin-scalia-the-president-could-alter-the-balance-of-the-court-for-decades-but-only-if-he-can-get-his-nominee-through-republicans-in-the-senate-ap-photo-jim-mone-file Ibid.
6 min read https://www.givehim15.com/post/november-29-2021 November 29, 2021 Just How Important is Wednesday’s Supreme Court Hearing? Wednesday, December 1, 2021, is a day of monumental significance. I have shared with you over the last few weeks about Mississippi’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. This is the case that could reverse Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. If this occurs, it will not end all abortion in America, but rather end the law that says it is legal in the entire nation. Thus, each individual state will have the right to decide what they allow. I am going to Washington, D.C., this week to worship and pray outside the Supreme Court. During a prayer over this trip by several leaders, my friend, Greg Hood, released a prophetic declaration over me, which I’ll share with you in a moment. The prayers of the saints are prevailing against the darkness in America. The Lord has heard our cries. When I go to Washington, D.C., I will be carrying in my heart every prayer I know has been prayed over decades toward the ending of this national abomination—abortion. Many of you have prayed as much or more than I have to end this evil in America. I am simply a representative of those prayers, being sent by God to present them before Him. I pray the bowls are tipped, the hearts of the justices are moved, and we see abortion begin to end in America. Here is the prophetic decree Greg spoke over me while in Mississippi: “Lord, You have backed this nation up against the Red Sea. Pharaoh has been breathing down our neck for decades now. But, God, You are bringing a parting of the Red Sea. And You’re tearing down some altars that have been built up. Father, as Dutch goes into D.C., there’s going to be a new altar built and a fire rekindled in this nation. This altar will be built on the other side of victory. You’re swallowing up Pharaoh's army. You’re swallowing up the army of death. You’re swallowing up the army that’s been sent to enslave a generation. We decree over Dutch, He is carrying Mississippi with him. He’s carrying a rod of authority. He’s carrying the Word and Scriptures that have been inscribed on that staff of authority concerning relationship with You. He’s carrying the keys of Isaiah 22:22. We say he will lock and unlock the hearts of the justices. We believe it’s shifted, Lord, because the prayers of the saints have breathed on the bones over this nation. You are pouring out justice for the unborn and for this nation. You are going to release Heaven’s justice through these Supreme Court Justices.” Let me share some current information on the Dobbs case from those involved. Then, I will share some of the ways we are being asked to pray leading up to and on December 1st. The Heritage Foundation has written a paper explaining the significant pro-life arguments of this case. You will need to go here and read the entire explanation and see their sources and footnotes. It’s excellently written. Here is a summary: “Two features of the law are central to this litigation. First, it is a ban, rather than a regulation, on the performance of abortions. Second, this ban operates well before viability, which the Supreme Court established in Roe, and reaffirmed in Casey, as the ‘critical fact.’ The Act asserts that the state has an interest in protecting maternal health because the maternal risks from abortion increase proportionately relative to gestational age. In addition, the abortion method used after 15 weeks, known as dilation and evacuation, is ‘a barbaric procedure, dangerous for the maternal patient, and demeaning to the medical profession.’ Echoing emphasis by 19th-century physicians on current medical knowledge, the Act highlights facts about fetal development that were unavailable to the Supreme Court in Roe or even in Casey. Modern medicine reveals, for example, that a 15-week-old unborn child has all major organs, moves all fingers separately, exhibits a preference for right or left-handedness, and is responsive to pain.”1 One wonders in light of these statements, how abortion can possibly continue? How could any of the 9 justices consider the description of a 15-week baby in the womb and rule according to “precedence” - decisions they’ve made in the past. Allan Parker is the President of The Justice Foundation. He was lead counsel for Norma McCorvey (formerly “Roe” of Roe v. Wade, from 2000 to 2012) and Sandra Cano (the “Doe” of Doe v. Bolton, until 2014) in their efforts to overturn the two landmark cases that brought legalized abortion on demand to America. Both of these women changed their minds about abortion and wanted their cases reversed by the Court. Neither of them lived long enough to see their desire become reality. Allan has not stopped fighting for justice, however. He helps state senators and representatives write pro-life legislation, and has produced 4 of the 80 briefs filed in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health case. The four briefs Allan has filed include one representing 539,108 Americans asking the Court to end abortion in America, including 2,249 women directly hurt by abortion. A second brief represents 375 women hurt by second and third trimester abortions, together with some of those working to help women recover physically, spiritually, and emotionally from their abortion procedures. We are going to need much more of this type of work. A third brief is specific to the jewish community and their statement supporting Dobbs, and focusses on the immorality of abortion.2 The fourth brief is the most touching. It is filed on behalf of a woman, Hannah S., and her adoptive parents. Hannah was a frozen embryo, adopted and grown to full fetal maturity within the womb of her adoptive mother. She is an adult woman now, living for Christ. Hannah’s adoption is called a “Snowflake Adoption” and we are going to see more and more of them. Her testimony will show the justices in a very real and powerful way that life begins at conception. Every currently frozen embryo is a baby waiting on its parents, natural or adoptive, to receive them, so they can grow fully into the person God created them to be.3 There are 76 other similar briefs filed on behalf of the Mississippi law, and they are likewise impactful. Eighteen states filed a brief in favor of the Mississippi law, as well. These states have Heartbeat Bills, similar legislation and laws waiting to be enacted when the Supreme Court rules to overturn Roe v. Wade in full or in part.4 We are going to see a floodgate of Life actions wash across America when it happens! Here are a few ways we can pray: “Mississippi has a right to protect life—all life—including the life of the unborn. MS has the obligation to protect these innocent lives, and they have the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That’s being taken away from them currently without due process and it needs to stop.” ~MS Governor Phil Bryant 5 “Evil always attacks the most innocent. The Egyptians looked at Israel and became concerned that they were multiplying and prospering. Their response was to kill all the young up to the age of 2. They killed the most vulnerable. We must pray for all the states desiring, like MS, to have the opportunity to protect our most innocent—our babies in the womb.” ~MS Governor Phil Bryant 6 “This case confronts viability. Ask the Lord to have the justices look at viability from the point of Hannah S., formerly a frozen embryo. She was a life in suspended animation. She was a life from conception that had not yet been able to fully develop.” ~Allan Parker 7 Pray with me: Father, we bring before You the multitudes of prayers that have risen before Your throne, asking You to end abortion in America. You have created each and every unborn life. You love them and desire to protect them, so they can fulfill all You created them to be and do. You have raised up warriors to fight on our knees for these precious lives. You have raised up governmental warriors in Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and many other states, to write legislation and enact laws to protect life. Now, Lord, breathe on Mississippi’s law. Highlight the 80 compelling briefs. Move on the hearts of our nine Supreme Court Justices. Weigh heavily on their consciences, Holy Spirit. Give them dreams in the night. Show them the reality of life in the womb. Protect the babies! Roll this curse off America, Lord. Swallow up Pharaoh's armies—those pursuing our unborn. End the barbarism and the bloodshed. Cause our nation to honor life as You do. Amen. Today’s decree: God will hover over the Supreme Court on December 1, 2021, giving favor to the unborn in America. _________________________________ Click the link to watch the full video: 1 https://www.heritage.org/the-constitution/report/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-opportunity-correct-grave-error 2 https://thejusticefoundation.org/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization/ 3 Ibid. 4 https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization/ 5 Excerpted from Intercessors for America’s Dave Kubal’s interview with MS Governor Phil Bryant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXxXzxzpe40 6 Ibid. 7 https://thejusticefoundation.org/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization/