This morning the Supreme Court declined to consider a lower court ruling that struck down Arizona’s law protecting babies past 20 weeks from abortion. In response, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser had the following comment:
“Arizona legislators, led by pro-life State Rep. Kimberly Yee, were acting on the will of the people when they enacted this compassionate, common sense legislation to protect babies at 20 weeks. Twenty weeks is more than halfway through pregnancy and the point at which babies have all their organs, hear and respond to their mother’s voices, and can even feel pain. A growing number of Americans simply reject the horror of late abortion and believe a reasonable line should be drawn. The 9th Circuit Court clearly erred. The law should reflect our natural recoil from this type of brutality.”
In November, the Susan B. Anthony List, along with Concerned Women for America, and more than 30 pro-life women lawmakers from the SBA List’s National Pro-life Women’s Caucus including Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to take up the Arizona case.
Three disability rights groups also sent an amicus brief to the Supreme Court supporting the ban on abortions after 20 weeks, “as a necessary safeguard against ‘postnatal eugenics.’” A growing number of states and the U.S. House have now voted to end late abortion past the point at which the child can feel pain and numerous national polls show this effort has widespread public support.