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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, May 04, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at


If the Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision—as this week’s stunning leak suggests it will—here are some mistakes that pro-life advocates should avoid:

  1. Do not accept the liberal narrative that the Court has thwarted the democratic process. That’s what happened in 1973, when the Roe ruling, in a staggering act of judicial arrogance, struck down laws that had been enacted by the people’s duly elected representatives in all 50 states. By reversing the Roe error, the Court has restored voters’ rights. If abortion advocates truly believe in the democratic process, they should not be worried. Laws restricting abortion will be enacted only if the people support them.

  2. Do not be distracted by the hunt for the Supreme Court leaker. We don’t know who was responsible for this unprecedented breach of security, and speculation will not advance the cause. These insights from a former Supreme Court clerk offer confidence that a serious investigation should identify the source of the leak. Let that process run its course. Meanwhile do not be surprised if—now that a nasty precedent has been established—more leaks follow. …

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