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For nearly 50 years, pro-life groups have been eating around the edges of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision that made abortion a "constitutional right." But some are saying the solution is simple: The body that made the decision needs to overturn it.
Church Militant's Kristine Christlieb highlights this straightforward approach to ending the slaughter.
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO): "I'm hopeful the court will see that they committed a historic injustice when they just invented this constitutional right to an abortion all these years ago, and now it's time to put it right."
Three Senate Republicans filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday, calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Senators Cruz of Texas, Hawley of Missouri and Lee of Utah — all of them lawyers — are joined by the attorneys general of Missouri and Mississippi, who have also called for Roe's reversal.
The senators' brief argues the state-by-state legal wrangling around abortion "has failed to meet the standard of workability." They name three reasons:
Challenges to states' attempts to regulate abortion are at the heart of the senators' brief. According to Cruz, it's also important for state attorneys general to file briefs with the court.
Senator Ted Cruz: "From your perspective, what is the importance of amicus briefs filed by the state attorneys general?"
Thomas M. Fisher, solicitor general (R-IN): "I think it is critical that the [U. S. Supreme] Court understand what impact its decisions may have on states."
Earlier this month, Missouri attorney general Eric Schmitt filed such a brief. A lifelong Catholic, Schmitt is a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Among pro-life advocates, there's a growing sense that chipping away at Roe with state-by-state regulations hasn't worked, and the solution is to overturn the flawed 1973 Supreme Court decision.
Missouri attorney general Schmitt's experience with pro-life issues began at home. His oldest child was born with special needs.