U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott are praising the tenacity of the pro-life movement during its decades of opposition to the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which was overturned last week.
Earlier this week, the Florida Republicans and several other GOP senators introduced a resolution that congratulates pro-life activists, praises the court for its willingness to return abortion to the states as a policy question, and condemns acts of violence by pro-abortion thugs.
In its preamble, the measure denounced Roe as “a blatant act of judicial activism that invented a constitutional right to abortion out of whole cloth, with no grounding in the text of the Constitution.” Because of that, more than 63 million babies have been aborted since 1973.
Roe, the resolution continued, “caused great damage to the democratic system of the United States by preventing citizens of the United States from making decisions about the legality of abortion and instead putting these decisions in the hands of unelected Federal judges.” That, in turn, has “exacerbated social tensions, inflamed the politics of the United States, disrupted the democratic processes of the United States, and divided the people of the United States.”
Yet it also drove “millions of volunteers, nonpartisan organizations, and lawmakers” to unite “with a shared voice to stand up for the rights of the unborn, who are the most vulnerable among us.” Those pro-life champions came from “diverse backgrounds with the shared goal of building a society that celebrates, protects, and cherishes life at all stages.”
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The pro-life movement “has worked tirelessly over the last 5 decades to reverse the legally unsound and destructive ruling in Roe v. Wade and to ensure that the human dignity of every person is protected by law, regardless of age, background, or belief, often working “behind the scenes, with little recognition of the time and talent that countless individuals have invested in the effort to protect life.”
These millions of Americans have been instrumental in contributing to the “cultivation of a culture of life” through marching for life, engaging in sidewalk counseling outside abortion clinics, providing resources for expectant mothers, raising money and volunteering at crisis pregnancy centers, adopting and fostering children, advocating for “life-affirming legislation” in every state, and petitioning the courts in abortion-related cases.
That all came to fruition on June 24, with the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
That moment, the resolution added, “represents a historic victory for the sanctity of life and for the millions of people in the United States who have worked diligently over the last 5 decades to foster a culture of life in the United States.”
Now, although the procedure is not outlawed, “the power and the duty to decide whether to permit or limit abortions lies with the States, not unelected Federal judges.”
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Thus, with their resolution, the lawmakers want the Senate to congratulate the pro-life movement; celebrate its “courage, compassion, and commitment”; laud the Supreme Court for returning to the “original understanding” of the Constitution; recognize the “uniqueness” of America’s political system; and affirm the commitment of Congress to ensuring the safety of supporters of the pro-life movement, while also condemning threats and violence fueled by the court’s recent ruling, particularly against Supreme Court justices, their staff and lawmakers.
In a statement, Rubio and the other Republicans said in part, “In the aftermath of the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, millions of volunteers, nonpartisan organizations, and lawmakers came together with a shared voice to stand up for the rights of the unborn, who are the most vulnerable among us.”
“The work of the pro-life movement has been more than simply advocating for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade – and often occurs behind the scenes, with “little recognition of the time and talent that countless individuals have invested in the effort to protect life.”
Besides Rubio and Scott, the sponsors of the resolution include Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mike Braun of Indiana, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Todd Young of Indiana, Ted Cruz of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota, and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.