“Held: 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.”
June 24, 2022. What a monumental day for justice. What a day for the pro-life movement, which has worked tirelessly for this day to come.
If the outrage over the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has revealed anything, its that to settle the abortion question via judicial degree has only coarsened American discourse. With Roe now overturned, abortion returns to the states, where contests of will are mediated by the citizen’s elected representatives. This should be seen as a healthy thing for civil society, whether or not one is pleased with the consequences of overturning Roe.
Overturning Roe does not overturn the majority of abortion laws in the states, but it does grant the opportunity for them to be challenged democratically. With abortion clinics closing throughout the country, lives will no doubt be saved.
At the same time, the plight of those who are struggling with unwanted pregnancies cannot be ignored. By introducing legislation to protect the unborn, the pro-life movement must continue to serve women in need.
I never thought this day would happen. As I continue to reflect on what just occurred, I am drawn to Micah 6:8. As Christians, we are required to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly” before God. What does this mean for today?
It means we are to support laws that protect and value the lives of women and the unborn. We are to pursue what is just in the face of evil.
It means we are to care for the needy, the broken, the vulnerable, and in so doing, foster cultures where love is our guiding principle. Mercy means displaying this kindness to not only those affected by abortion, but also to its greatest advocates.
It means we are to commit ourselves to Christ with faithfulness and integrity. The ends never justify the means if the means are contrary to how God desires us to live.
The opportunity before us is enormous. We should celebrate this victory for now, but the work still goes on. May we aim to empower and support those who need it most.
We are the post-Roe generation. Let us not take this moment for granted.
Interested in joining the pro-life cause at Gordon? Learn more about the Gordon College Life Coalition by reaching out to either Eleanor Pierson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Liam Siegler (email@example.com)