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By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine, January 16, 2020

Sean Fitzpatrick is a senior contributor to Crisis. He’s graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and the Headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy. He lives in Scranton, Penn. with his wife and family of four.

Sean FitzpatrickPro-life America will march the Washington Mall on January 24, 2020, to protest the Supreme Court’s 1973 (Roe v. Wade) and 1992 (Planned Parenthood v. Casey) rulings to make abortion accessible without “undue burden” of law. Though January marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, this year the March for Life is looking ahead to March, when the Supreme Court will hear arguments for a Louisiana law that comes with a congressional appeal to consider overturning the two landmark rulings on abortion. It will be the first abortion-related case since President Trump’s nominees, Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, assumed the bench.

January 2 saw over 200 Republican members of Congress sign an amicus or “friend of the court” brief, which is a document filed by individuals who are not directly involved in a given case, but who seek to provide pertinent information and context for judges. The brief requests that the court reconsider, and perhaps overrule, Roe v. Wade, and was signed by 39 of the 53 Senate Republicans and 166 of the 197 House Republicans. (Two House Democrats also signed.) The brief is a strong unified gesture by 80 percent of Republican lawmakers against the abortion rulings of the past, as it accompanies a law on abortion access from Louisiana to the Supreme Court. The Trump administration has also put in its oar, urging the court to allow the law to stand as it does not impose “undue burden” on women seeking to terminate their pregnancies.  ….

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