MCCL statement on the future of Roe v. Wade and abortion law in Minnesota
November 30, 2021 | Press Release
MINNEAPOLIS — Tomorrow the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, a challenge to a Mississippi law that protects unborn children after 15 weeks of gestation. The case presents the Court with an opportunity to reconsider Roe v. Wade and the subsequent rulings that modified it.
Roe is the 1973 decision that struck down the democratically decided laws protecting unborn children nationwide. Because of Roe's extremism, the U.S. is one of just seven countries that allow elective abortions even after 20 weeks.
The following statement may be attributed to MCCL Executive Director Scott Fischbach:
"All human beings, including unborn children and their mothers, have human rights and deserve protection and compassion under the law. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will allow states to better protect those rights. Nothing in the Constitution prevents states from doing so, and the humanity of human beings in the womb has never been clearer. It's time for the Court to catch up with science and correct an egregious legal error.
"If the Court does fully overturn Roe v. Wade, states will again be able to determine their own abortion policies. In Minnesota, however, a 1995 Minnesota Supreme Court ruling, Doe v. Gomez, claimed that the state Constitution includes a right to abortion. As long as this mistaken ruling remains in place, it will require abortion-on-demand in Minnesota even if the U.S. Supreme Court no longer imposes it at the national level.
"Regardless of how the Court rules, we will continue working to defend unborn children and empower women in Minnesota. No member of the human family should be excluded from the equal protection of the law, and no woman should ever feel like abortion is the only option."