June 24, 2022, is the day America began its journey to once again find its moral compass, as the Supreme Court overthrew Roe v. Wade, protecting the life of the unborn. This comes just months after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation restricting abortion after fifteen weeks. Surprisingly, the decision follows along the line of reasoning set forth in Roe by former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Ginsberg did not approve of restricting a woman’s access to abortion, but she rejected the way it was achieved in Roe, leaving it open to fierce attacks. “Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped”, she said, “may prove unstable.” She believed Roe was focused on the wrong argument, saying that restricting access violated a woman’s privacy. Justice Ginsberg believed it would have been better to approach the issue on grounds that it impeded gender equality, and would have been more supportable if argued under the equal protection clause.
In other words, there are many reasons to overturn Roe and return abortion access to the states. “ My objection to Roe is moral", said attorney and candidate for the Arizona State Senate, Steve Zipperman, “It is wrong to take the life of an innocent child. But as an attorney, I agree that Roe was the worst decision ever made by the Supreme Court and it was time for a course correction. I will always be thankful to Sam Alioto and the six Justices on the Court for the brave action they took today.”
Looking forward, we must be prepared to deal with the irrational and violent acts that have been promised by those who favor Roe. Already, more than twenty-five pregnancy counseling centers have been attacked, as have many Catholic churches, and the Justices themselves have been threatened. One, Justice Kavanaugh, has had an assignation attempt made on his life.
The Biden Department of Justice has been less than responsive in dealing with these actions. We must work locally, and insist that acts of violence be dealt with quickly and forcibly. We need to get back to a society where the Rule of Law has meaning.