Today is the day that pro-lifers have been anticipating for 50 years. Finally, SCOTUS has reestablished justice and overturned the erroneous decision of Roe v. Wade with its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The court has rejected the false notion that a “right” to abortion exists in the Constitution, meaning states are now free to establish bans on abortion. Our efforts to protect the unborn are no longer hindered by a fallacious and evil ruling that invented a non-existent “right.”
This is a monumental victory for the pro-life movement, and it should be celebrated. We should take time to thank God for answering our prayers and bringing an end to the legal nightmare that was Roe.

Now, in South Dakota, abortion is illegal in most cases. Our state’s “trigger law” only provides exceptions for when abortion is necessary to save the mother’s life. Violations of this law are considered a felony.

In over 20 states, robust protection for the unborn is now in effect. In some states, abortion is banned entirely.

While this is a major victory, our work is far from done. The court has done its job, but it cannot do ours. We are simply entering a new phase of the fight for life. The “culture of death” that Roe fostered needs to be undone.

Abortion needs to be more than just illegal, but unthinkable. Only through intentional discipleship will pro-lifers be able to transform hearts and minds so that life at every stage is protected for years to come.

We need to practice radical love and compassion toward expecting mothers who are in difficult situations. Churches and their members need to offer help and hope to abortion-vulnerable women and men. We can donate to crisis pregnancy centers, give directly to mothers in need, or simply walk with those that are hurting.

We must also speak the truth in love about the unborn and create a culture of deep care for all life. Debates surrounding this issue will become more intense, and we need to be equipped with the facts and prepared to defend the sanctity of life at all times.

Because of this decision, many on the left will engage in abhorrent acts of violence, as they have already promised to do. We will face more persecution than ever before. Stand firm in the truth and remember that persecution can be a gift if we allow our suffering to be united with Christ’s. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account,” says Matthew 5:11.

Please pray that God continues to guide and strengthen the pro-life movement as we enter a new phase of the battle.

Please also keep the safety of our SCOTUS justices in your prayers.