Wednesday, June 19, 2024

March for Life Comes to DC With All Eyes on Supreme Court


Pro-life activists braved the cold to peacefully march in D.C. today as part of the 49th annual .

March for Life began the same year the decided .

Once Again, All Eyes Are on the Court

Specifically, the cases dealing with the constitutionality of Mississippi's 2018 Gestational Age Act and 2021's Heartbeat Act. For pro-life activists, they represent the best chance to overturn the precedents set in Roe.

The Mississippi law bans after the first 15 weeks of pregnancy, with the exception of medical emergencies or several fetal abnormalities. The case was heard by the Court in December 2021.

Fox News reports on the palpable excitement at the National Mall:

“There's kind of an excitement in the air this year, which is a wonderful thing,” Fr. David Pivonka, who says he's been coming to the march for about 30 years, told Fox News Digital. Pivonka currently serves as President of Franciscan University of Steubenville. He estimates that 700-800 students came with him to the March.

Based on an analysis of the questions asked at the hearing, experts believe that the six conservative justices will likely vote to uphold Mississippi's law. Some go further, believing that the conservative bloc appear set to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Zeta Barton, a 20-year-old student at Liberty University, told Fox News Digital that she was studying pre-law and wanted to fight abortion after graduating. She said she thought conservative justices like Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett would “stand up for the lives that haven't had a future yet.”

At the same time, it's possible that Chief Justice John Roberts would set up some kind of compromise. According to observers, it's plausible that Roberts may allow Mississippi to keep its restrictions while upholding precedents established in Roe and Casey.

The Texas law bans most abortions after six weeks. Its opponents were dealt a blow by last night when the Court rejected a request by abortion providers. They wanted the case referred back to a district court judge who had previously blocked the Texas law.