It’s been three days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Already, several states have enacted stronger pro-life laws, while lawmakers in others have announced their intent to stop such laws from going into effect.
On social media and in the news, you’ve probably seen a mixture of reactions. Joy, anger, thankfulness, fear. Beautiful posts about the dignity of life and the invaluable work of pregnancy care centers. Heartbreaking calls to action to fund Planned Parenthood, or help women seek abortions out of state. It’s all there, and it all points to the significance of the moment: Roe v. Wade was overturned.
Here at Family Policy Alliance, we know that’s good news, even the best political news of our lives. We are now living in a nation After Roe: a nation where, at last, we have the opportunity to truly protect human life.
It’s a moment to celebrate and praise God for his faithfulness. At Family Policy Alliance, we began our celebration with a livestream all afternoon on Friday, featuring pro-life leaders from around the country. You can still watch the live stream HERE!
If you’ve wondered….
- Where your state stands on abortion
- What pro-life leaders will do next to protect life in your area
- How you can personally make a difference for the pro-life movement After Roe
…be sure to visit www.AfterRoe.com, and explore the whole site! There, you’ll find helpful information about your state (including, in many states, a message from state pro-life leaders!), pro-life merchandise, and a variety of ways to engage with the national pro-life movement.
Want it all in a quick, one-stop shop? Check out our brand-new Personal Pro-Life Profile! In just six questions, we’ll give you a personalized report on ways you can uniquely be involved in the pro-life movement, details about your state’s pro-life stance, and a free image to share on social media!
We’re entering a new phase of the pro-life movement in America, and your voice matters more than ever. Together, let’s make America a nation where life is truly cherished!
Director od Strategy
Minutes ago, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Today is a day that we will remember for our entire lives – and a day which, for many of us, we have spent our entire lives waiting. And now, because of today, millions more will have their lives.
We’d be remiss not to take this moment to reflect on the many, many heroes who have argued in court, passed laws, lobbied their elected leaders, prayed outside abortion clinics, offered a helping hand to women, and so much more to get to this moment.
And yet, really, we have been straining toward the starting line. Today, a unique race began in each of the 50 states and in the federal arena.
Our goal: that every person is treated as a person, no matter their age, size, location, abilities or any other characteristics. This means not only ending abortion but ensuring that children inside the womb have the same full legal status as children outside the womb, that parents and children receive the support they need, and that ours is a culture which comes to fully embrace life.
As of this moment, America has entered a new phase. We are a nation After Roe. We survived. Now, let’s help others thrive.
TO CELEBRATE THIS MOMENTOUS AND LONG-AWAITED VICTORY, WE ARE LIVESTREAMING ALL DAY, starting at approximately 12 pm ET (11 am CT / 10 am MT / 8 am PT)
AFTER ROE CELEBRATION AND LIVESTREAM
Or watch here live:
We’ll be giving live updates from the Supreme Court, providing decision analysis, and talking with state and national leaders. Plus, we’ll dive into what you can do to make a difference in the world After Roe. And, we’ll be answering your questions live! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
If you are ready to jump in and make a difference, visit www.AfterRoe.com for information about what’s happening in your state and to discover your place in the After Roe movement.
Praising God with you,
President & CEO
While the nation waits to find out if the Supreme Court will actually overturn Roe v. Wade, we’re thrilled to invite you to hear from one of the lawyers asking the Court to abandon Roe.
Join us TODAY to hear from Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch. You may know that the Dobbs case everyone is watching – the case that might overturn Roe – started in Mississippi. The state passed a law protecting babies as young as 15 weeks old – and they’ve been busy defending it in court ever since! When the case reached the Supreme Court this December, though, they made a bold decision to ask the Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Now, it could be the case that finally ends the reign of Roe, which has led to the death of more than 62 million Americans.
Empowering Women, Promoting Life
Meet One of the Lawyers Behind Dobbs
(Video will be live at 2pm Eastern Time June, 17th)
Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch is Mississippi’s first-ever woman Attorney General and was included in the TIME 100 list for 2022. She previously served as Mississippi’s State Treasurer and in multiple other government positions for the state – all while raising three children as a single, working mother. Defending the dignity of human life has been a hallmark of her career in public service. That extends beyond the life issues at stake in the Dobbs case to supporting the most vulnerable and helping them to achieve their best futures. Her work includes helping trafficking victims, fighting for women at work and as mothers, addressing root causes of poverty, fighting the rising cost of insulin, and supporting victims of crime.
Don’t miss this exciting event!
As the nation waits to see if the Supreme Court will indeed overturn Roe v. Wade in the impending Dobbs decision, it is important to recognize the incredible moment we are in.
The pro-life movement has been waiting nearly 50 years to see Roe overturned. Since Roe, over 62 million American lives have been lost to abortion, their mothers have been sold a bill of goods about abortion, and our Constitution has been mocked by claiming it houses a “right to abortion.”
The overturn of Roe and returning the issue of abortion regulation back to the people’s elected leaders at the state and federal level would be a critical step forward in forging a culture of life in America.
Tonight’s event is especially timely, since the Supreme Court’s next decision day is tomorrow, and all eyes will be on the Court to see whether they release the anticipated Dobbs decision.
See Life 2022 “Seize This Pro-Life Moment” will feature:
- Ben Shapiro
- Candace Owens
- Our friend, Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life
- Christian recording artist Phil Wickham
Register for the Livestream HERE.
So, this evening, please pray for the Court and the impending Dobbs decision. And, plan to tune in with your family at 7:00PM MOUNTAIN for See Life 2022!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
As the country holds its breath for the final decision regarding Roe v. Wade, progressive plans are stirring that will paint New Mexico as a haven for those who wish to take the life of their unborn child. With heartbreaking candor, Shannon Brewer, the director of Jackson Women’s Health Organization, announced that the Mississippi clinic has plans to open a clinic in New Mexico if Roe is overturned.
Brewer told the Washington Post, “We have been strategizing on several things since the Supreme Court hearing last year, and we decided to look at places where abortion is protected. New Mexico is where we decided to open a new facility.” Their plans are to have the New Mexico clinic open before the final ruling comes down from SCOTUS.
The historical case of Roe v. Wade, which recognized abortion after viability as a constitutional right, looks as though it is nearing an end as current justices recognize and agree that the 1973 Supreme Court decision was egregiously wrong to begin with. If SCOTUS truly does overturn Roe, life has a chance to win, state by state.
But, as I’ve shared before, the New Mexico battle for life will be in the hands of progressive, pro-choice legislators and leaders – those who boldly call the loss of abortion rights “forced pregnancy” and equate those pregnancies to war crimes. These are the leaders running our state. These are the leaders that overwhelm the legislature and have repealed all pro-life protections we’ve fought for over the years.
Something has to change.
New Mexico’s culture must be transformed to one that cherishes life, and we have an opportunity to begin that change in November. First, you must know who your current legislators are, and then you must know how they have voted to protect life. We have many currently elected legislators that are great allies for life, and we need to support them and keep them in office while replacing their anti-life counterparts with those who will fight for a life-cherishing culture in New Mexico.
Knowing who your legislators are is key to creating a legislature in New Mexico that will cherish life. The best way to know if your legislator cherishes life is to see for yourself how they voted on SB10 (Senate Bill 10). Seeing how your legislators voted on SB10, which repealed New Mexico’s minimal efforts at protecting life, stripping us of all protections for the unborn, will show you exactly how they feel about protecting life. If they voted “yes,” they DO NOT cherish life. If they voted “yes,” they are responsible for the continued cycle of death in the Land of Enchantment.
Here’s what you can do:
- Know your legislators! Click here to see who your current legislators are.
- Know their record! Click here to see their SB10 vote. (Click the “votes” button.)
- Vote for Life!
Current State Senator David Gallegos, a champion for life, encourages voters to vote for life:
“This news about the Mississippi Abortion Clinic that is planning to come to New Mexico should outrage voters. Please hold your Governor and legislators accountable! New Mexico should not be the murder capital of the world. Vote for life and change our state so we can protect our unborn.”
Will you help us hold New Mexico government accountable?
A very blessed and joyous Mother’s Day to your family from the Family Policy Alliance team!
What an incredible week to see a Supreme Court leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, ending an invented constitutional “right” to abortion, on the same week that we celebrate Mothers!
Our own Senior Vice President of Strategy, Autumn Leva, who recently gave birth to her second daughter, wrote in The Daily Signal what the end of Roe‘s deadly 49-year reign would mean and what the best Mother’s Day gift would be for 2022.
There is a universal truth felt deeply by every mom, found somewhere at the convergence of joy, pride, and heartbreak. The truth is our babies are not really our own. They are ours to raise, guide, care for and cherish—and above all, to love always—but they are unique persons, bearing the image of God, called to their own special purposes, and, though reflecting their parents in appearance and traits, created entirely different from anyone else.
As moms, we feel this truth profoundly from the moment we see their first tiny ultrasound picture, to when we feel their first fluttering kicks while they are nestled safely inside, to when we finally hold them in our arms the very first time, to that first act of defiance as a toddler, to when we wave goodbye at the kindergarten classroom, and to when we finally send them off to fulfill whatever calling God has on their lives.
But this truth is never more obvious to me than when I am holding them both close, feeling the weight of this moment in history where Roe v. Wade may be overturned. They may actually grow up in a country without the shadow of Roe.
Read Autumn’s full piece, The Best Mother’s Day Gift: Overturning Roe, at the Daily Signal.
Happy Mother’s Day!
The Family Policy Alliance Team
This week, we experienced a political earthquake. The leaked decision revealed a Supreme Court intent on overturning Roe v. Wade. And the Left came unhinged.
In the process, we got two sneak peeks:
- What the eventual Dobbs decision might look like: The draft was clear, bold and unequivocal in overturning Roe.
- What the Left will do when Roe is overturned: Anything!
And that’s where my urgent concern arises. So far, Planned Parenthood and their allies are simply better equipped for that battle. That’s because the abortion industry is raising money like it never has before!
One Big Tech titan just poured $275 million into Planned Parenthood and their state affiliates. That’s on top of $3.4 billion in annual cashflow for nearly 200 pro-abortion groups around the country.
Abortion groups are about to go hog wild with that money for three things:
- Key state election battles – to get their abortion supporters in office in this crucial, upcoming election
- Ballot measures in pro-life states – to upend pro-life laws that are set to go into effect if and when Roe is overturned
- Bad legislation – to lock down abortion protections in blue and purple states
Yes, the battle is headed to the states. And for 18 years – since we started as Focus on the Family Action – the states have been our prime focus. Electing state leaders. Training state legislators. And serving an alliance of 40 state allied groups.
Critical needs are already taking shape. An allied state leader just told us that they are gearing up for a generational fight, with the abortion industry likely to file a ballot measure on the heels of a Supreme Court decision that lets states decide.
That state illustrates what’s at stake: Within six months, virtually all babies there could be protected OR abortion could be enshrined in the state constitution!
That leads me to an urgent request. Family Policy Alliance needs your financial support for the state-by-state battles ahead.
We don’t need to match every Planned Parenthood dollar. After all, we have the Truth on our side. But we must be competitive! And by joining with thousands of others – each giving something of significance – you will stand toe-to-toe with Planned Parenthood in the most critical battles, state-by-state.
The support of friends like you has helped Family Policy Alliance prepare for this moment for a long time:
- Hosting and serving an alliance of nearly 40 state groups that are deeply engaged in pro-life efforts, state-by-state
- Winning elections – with your help, we don’t just talk about issues, we get in the fray
- Launching AfterRoe.com, a state-by-state guide that maps out where states are and what they need to do to protect life
If you’ve been a part of making that possible, thank you for laying the foundation.
Now, will you equip the pro-life team for winning action? Please join this effort today with your best gift to stand against the onslaught from Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies!
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. With God’s help, let’s go win!
President & CEO
P.S. I need you to go big today! We finally have a chance to fully protect life. Your gift, now more than ever, will go to the front lines to save little lives, state by state.
In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a cataclysmic decision that has caused the deaths of an estimated 63,459,781 babies across our country. At the time it happened, The New York Times declared that “a historic resolution of a fiercely controversial issue” had been reached. History has demonstrated that Roe v. Wade brought anything but resolution.
As ultrasounds became widespread in mainstream culture, they demonstrated what Christian Scriptures and the laws of nature made apparent – babies in the womb are babies.
An increasing outcry in American culture began to grow in the decade that followed Roe v. Wade. In 1976, with the passage of the Hyde Amendment, federal money was prohibited from being used to fund abortions. At the state level, more and more people began to see the importance of standing for the most vulnerable young Americans.
Over the years, as awareness was raised on the issue, people began to pass laws that did not contradict Roe v. Wade, yet restricted it in individual states. In 2005, 34 laws were passed across the nation, limiting abortion. That number more than doubled in 2011. Over the past three years, many states began passing “fetal heartbeat” legislation, ensuring that no abortions would take place if a heartbeat could be detected.
In recent years, many states began to work on “trigger bills” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade was overturned to any extent. While some of those states began their work with the hope that Roe v. Wade would be challenged, they had to act purely on hope. As of December 2021, such a challenge has been made in the Supreme Court. This means that states now truly have a chance to stop the terrible death toll of innocent babies.
That all leads to this week, when Wyoming made one of the most potentially consequential decisions to protect human life our state has seen. Governor Gordon signed a bill that was the hard work of a team of state legislators who worked for months. This new law will – when the Supreme Court overturns Roe, which could happen in June – largely return Wyoming to pre-1973 laws that made abortion illegal.
Rep. Rachel Rodriguez-Williams and Senator Lynn Hutchings worked hard to carry this legislation forward as the prime sponsors, but an amazing team of pro-life legislators spoke and worked to make sure the bill passed. Months before the session started, Rep. Chip Neiman began to study and plan for potential pitfalls.
Groups such as Americans United for Life and Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming worked to support and help through the process. Very importantly, thousands of you sent emails and called your legislators to help them see the value of standing for life.
There is still more to come, the struggle isn’t over, but a major victory has been won in Wyoming!
Here at Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming, we will always stand for a state where God is Honored, Religious Freedom Flourishes, Families Thrive, and Life is Cherished.
Thank you for standing with us!
The extraordinary pace of the Session has almost drawn to a close.
First, the good news. I am thrilled to report that HB 92 Abortion Prohibition-Supreme Court Decision passed through the House (43-16) and through its first reading in the Senate. This “trigger bill” would properly position Wyoming for the eventual overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court. When that happens, it would trigger a mechanism that automatically returns protection for the unborn to the status of Wyoming law before 1973.
In a very exciting development, we partnered with pro-life advocates to bring Rebecca Kiessling to Wyoming as an internationally known spokeswoman for those conceived in rape. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming arranged a press conference with her and bill sponsors. In her testimony before the Senate Labor Committee, Rebecca gave powerful testimony explaining that in the horrible circumstance of rape, we should punish the guilty party, not the innocent. This bill is proceeding through the Senate. We need you to contact your Senator and ask that they pass this vital bill.
But we also have two very sober reports for you.
First, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” overwhelmingly passed the Senate with 25 out of the 30 Senators voting Aye. Sadly, the Speaker of the House “pocket vetoed” the bill by keeping it on his desk and not allowing it to be sent to a committee. This bill has broad support from across the population. It isn’t considered Left or Right, Democrat or Republican. It simply protects the opportunities of our young ladies to play on a fair playing field, earn scholarships, and know that Wyoming understands the biological differences between boys and girls. Be assured, we will be bringing this very popular bill back and we are confident that, with new pro-family representatives elected this year, we will not be stymied by House leadership again.
Secondly, after passing the Senate, the Civics Transparency Act likewise was killed in the House. The Civics Transparency Act is a bill designed to help parents see if theories such as Critical Race Theory or the radical ideas of the Sexual Revolution are present in their children’s classrooms. Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming stands for the principle that schools serve families rather than the other way around. Sadly, when the Speaker of the House designed the House Education Committee, he placed several of the most liberal members in the House on the committee to kill good bills like this. The bill died 5-4 in the Education Committee. We want to thank the sponsors and supporters for their hard work. Until we elect legislators who care more for families than for the education industry, we will continue to see good education policy die.
The powerful news is that all of the bills that FPA supports have passed with large margins when they are given a fair chance to be heard. While we will continue to push against procedural barriers, public support is strong and growing. We will continue to advocate for women, children, and families as the session draws to a close.
In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision that, if it were made today, would be unthinkable and even appalling. Seven of the nine Justices decided that a black slave named Dred Scott was not a person and nothing more than the property of his owner. They consequently ruled that he had no rights as a citizen and no protection under the U.S. Constitution. It took eleven years, but the Supreme Court’s decision was finally overturned in 1868 with the passage of the 13th Amendment that outlawed slavery and the 14th Amendment that granted citizenship to all those born in the United States, regardless of color.
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court made another poor decision that was even more appalling. That Court struck down state anti-abortion laws, deciding that a woman’s right to privacy gives her the right to end the life of her unborn child. In the Court’s opinion, that unborn child was not a person as defined by the U.S. Constitution and was therefore not entitled to or guaranteed even the right to life.
As in the Dred Scott case, they ruled that the unborn baby was not a person and thus was nothing more than the property of the mother. Therefore, the mother could choose along with her doctor whether the child lived or died. Someone would have to be willfully ignorant not to see the similarity between these two Supreme Court decisions.
The irony of the Court’s decision in Roe was that the year before, in 1972, the same court amended the Bald Eagle Protection Act (of 1940) and authorized fines up to $500,000 in addition to jail time for destroying an “unborn eagle” in its egg. The Supreme Court and the justices who serve on it are not infallible and have made decisions that needed to be corrected – and the Roe decision of 1973 is the most egregious and appalling of them.
Family Policy Alliance has been heavily involved in current efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade with the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case debated in the Supreme Court last month. This case is a challenge to Mississippi’s law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. Pro-life legal experts believe that there is legitimate reason to hope that the justices will return the issue of abortion to the states. That would mean that each state would then be responsible for regulating abortion and deciding the destiny of their unborn children.
Because of that very real possibility, we need to plan and work for a pro-life America as well as a pro-life Rhode Island after Roe. For more info, please visit https://familypolicyalliance.com/after-roe/
This year, I will be attending the National March for Life in our nation’s capital for the first time. Tyler Rowley has put together a 2-day bus trip to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., that is quick and affordable (January 20-21 at a cost of $125). Tyler is the founder and leader of Servants of Christ for Life, a very active Roman Catholic pro-life ministry here in Rhode Island. If you are interested in joining the group, there are still seats available. I would love to see as many as possible attend from Rhode Island. For more info, call Tyler at 401-290-7201 or email him: email@example.com
There is already talk of a bill to introduce taxpayer-funded abortion in Rhode Island. Please make it a matter of regular prayer that this bill will not see the light of day and that our state will once again recognize the value of every life!
For Faith and Family in RI,
Chairman, Board of Directors – Rhode Island
P.S. Please begin to pray The Battle lines are already being drawn and we can expect to see Pro-Abortion advocates out in force