from Ryan Foley, Christian Post reporter | Monday 22 November 2021Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during the Right To Life March on January 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.The U.S. Supreme Court protests the 1973 Roe v Wade decision of the Supreme Court, making abortion legal. | Mark Wilson / Getty Images
A grassroots pro-life organization launched a $ 2.5 million advertising campaign urging the US Supreme Court to revise its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade overturned as judges are due to hear oral arguments on major abortion case next week.
Last week the Susan B. Anthony List published three advertisements as part of its “Modernize our Law” campaign in front of the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization. One ad focuses on a young woman who has been adopted while another shows a doctor repenting abortions. The third ad shows a doctor caring for pregnant mothers and children.
The ads will air on local news and cable networks in the Washington DC media market, including CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, Newsmax, CNBC and CNN. In addition, the ads will be broadcast to nine battlefield states via a targeted digital campaign.
Susan B. Anthony List donated a total of $ 10 million to her advertising campaign ahead of the Dobbs hearing, which could give the conservative-minded Supreme Court an opportunity to reconsider previous judgments that have set a precedent for legalizing statewide access for decades Represent abortions.
On December 1, judges will hear oral arguments in a challenge to a Mississippi bill that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A ruling in favor of Mississippi state seeking to uphold the ban would set the precedent in Roe v. Repeal Wade, which stated that women had the right to have an abortion until an unborn baby is viable.
In Susan B. Anthony List’s ads, the adopted child and health professionals argue that advances in science and technology in the nearly 50 years since Roe was ruled warrant overturning the landmark Supreme Court decision.
The first ad tells the story of Annie Fitzgerald, who was adopted by a couple in Peoria, Illinois. After praising her adoptive parents for giving her a “really good life,” she complained that “I could have been an abortion.”
“I am so grateful that my birth mother decided to adopt. I am grateful that she chose life, ”said Fitzgerald. “Everyone has a purpose and a plan in their life and deserves a chance to fulfill them.”
Fitzgerald called the idea that abortion is legal during all nine months of pregnancy “extreme”.
“Nobody wants a fully developed baby to be killed in an abortion,” she argued.
“I think it’s time the Supreme Court put limits on abortion,” she continued. “Follow science. It’s the 21st century. We have sonograms. We have 3D ultrasound. It’s a human life, and like everyone else, it deserves a chance to live. “
At the end of the ad, a picture of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, accompanied by the words “Empower women. Save life. “Fitzgerald noted that”[i]It is definitely time for the Supreme Court to follow science and modernize the law. “
The second display shows Dr. John Bruchalski, an obstetrician and gynecologist who regretted having performed abortions early in his career.
“As I gained wisdom and insight, I realized that there really were two patients: the mother and the child developing within,” said Bruchalski. “We have now done studies where we know that there are thousands of pain receptors in a child’s body by 15 weeks of age.”
“A child as young as 15 weeks can actually hear and respond to his mother’s voice,” he said. “I find it amazing that we rely on science and medicine that is over 50 years old to care for human life in its most vulnerable stages. Science has made incredible strides in obstetrics and gynecology. “
Bruchalski said at the end of the complaint that it was time to “catch up on the law” and the Supreme Court to “restrict late abortions”.
The third display shows another doctor, Dr. Casey Delcoco, who studies the science of fetal development.
“After six weeks, we can detect a heartbeat using ultrasound technology. After 15 weeks, they may feel pain, ”said Delcoco, who has given birth to over 800 babies. “With an incubator and proper care, babies can survive at 21, 22 weeks after birth.”
“Since Roe v. Wade passed in 1973, we have made many advances in modern medicine, ”Delcoco continued. “The scientific data on which Roe v. Wade was based are out of date. I think the law should reflect science. “
Delcoco called Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban “absolutely necessary” and called state laws that allow abortion until birth as “terrible.”
In a statement, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA list, argued that “science constantly confirms the humanity of unborn children”.
“At 15 weeks in the womb, children have fully developed noses and lips, eyelids and eyebrows; they can suck their thumbs and even feel pain, ”said Dannenfelser.
Critics claim the US allows abortion later in pregnancy than most other countries.
“The United States is one of seven nations – including China and North Korea – that allow late abortions as needed for more than half the pregnancy, long after unborn babies feel pain,” said Dannenfelser.
“Americans overwhelmingly oppose such extreme policies, but their elected officials are tied to Supreme Court precedents that allow virtually unlimited abortions until birth – unnecessarily divisive and for decades not in line with medicine and technology.”
The Supreme Court announced that it would hear Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization in May. A decision is expected before the end of the current Supreme Court term, most likely in June.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: [email protected]