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Rep. Loudermilk: On Supreme Court Returning Power Over Abortion Laws to the American People

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 6-3 to uphold a 2018 Mississippi law banning most abortion procedures after fifteen weeks of pregnancy.

The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has received national attention because many legal experts believe Dobbs will be used as a vehicle to challenge Planned Parenthood v. Casey and Roe v. Wade – two cases which ruled on a supposed ‘right’ to have an abortion.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court confirms what has been true all along: there is no constitutional right to an abortion. This decision by the Supreme Court upholds the original intent of the Constitution, by limiting the federal government’s authority to only the powers enumerated in the Constitution. This decision effectively returns the power to decide abortion policy back to where it was intended to reside, with the American people and their state governments. As a result of this decision, voters will now have the ability to decide whether to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent children in their states, or to allow for abortion, and to what degree.

“While many see this as a massive move forward for the pro-life movement, it doesn’t actually outlaw abortions, it simply shifts the issue to where it belongs, as a state-by-state issue. For the pro-life community, our work is only beginning. The states will now need to enact laws to affirm the right to life for the pre-born at the state level. The Supreme Court corrected a decision that has been widely regarded as one of the most convoluted Supreme Court opinions in history, which held that the right to privacy, protected by the Constitution, gives us the right to kill an unborn child.”