Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is a policy advisor for The Family Foundation of Kentucky.

Roe v. Wade—the exercise of raw judicial power in 1973 that sparked a national controversy, embittered our political culture for a half-century, unjustly voided abortion prohibitions in 30 states, and resulted in the killing of 63 million unborn children—is set to be overruled.

This is the moment the pro-life movement has been working and praying towards for decades.

When Roe v. Wade is overruled, as a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion suggests, its unjust reign of terror will immediately end in Kentucky—a pro-life “trigger law” will immediately ban almost all abortions, saving thousands of unborn babies, while a network of pregnancy help centers will provide mothers and fathers facing unplanned pregnancies with support, resources, and education. To find out more, visit our #AfterRoe campaign.

Roe v. Wade was egregiously wrong from the start and its reasoning exceptionally weak. Nothing in our nation’s historical understanding of ordered liberty ever prevented the people’s elected representatives from deciding how abortion should be regulated. But Roe’s abuse of judicial power ended our nation’s unbroken tradition of prohibiting abortion and sought to compel unending adherence to the Court’s decree.

Roe has long been criticized by many, including the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who supported abortion rights—she called it a “heavy-handed judicial intervention [that] was difficult to justify.”

Liberal political pundit Michael Kinsley explained, “Although I am pro-choice… Roe v. Wade is a muddle of bad reasoning and an authentic example of judicial overreaching.”

When the U.S. Supreme Court reconsidered the abortion issue in 1992, Roe was so questionable that all but two of the nine justices expressed a desire to change it.

But three justices, despite their apparent reservations about whether the Constitution protected a right to abortion, decided it was more important that an issue be settled than that it be settled right. Thus, in a 5-4 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey allowedRoe’s reign of terror to continue.

The recently leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization instead recognizes that, when it comes to the Constitution, the Court must place “a high value on having a matter settled right.”

It is high time that the Court “heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Overturning Roe v. Wademeans an end to the reign of terror in which a government-sanctioned slaughter of the unborn has killed 63 million fellow humans from our nation.

Overturning Roe v. Wade means the freedom to eliminate particularly gruesome and barbaric “medical” procedures and preserve the integrity of the medical profession.

Overturning Roe v. Wade means that discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or disability in the womb can be outlawed.

Overturning Roe v. Wade means we can once again protect the health of mothers across the commonwealth.

The decision to overrule Roe v. Wade—like the end of slavery, segregation, and other injustices—is a monumental moment in our nation’s history that should be widely celebrated.

Michael Johnson is Policy Advisor for The Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that stands for Kentucky families and the biblical values that make them strong by advocating for God-honoring public policy in the Commonwealth.

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