July 2022 Letter
We are watching history unfold. Last Friday, The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) released its opinion on the much-anticipated Dobbs case. The whole world was watching as the Court overturned Roe v Wade, one of the most controversial and divisive decisions in the Court’s history. The decision took abortion out of the courtroom and placed it into the voting booth, essentially putting the abortion conversations back in the hands of the States for the people to decide. Roe v Wade, decided in 1973, essentially legalized abortion on demand in all 50 States superseding a state’s right to determine whether to protect life before birth or before viability. Since Roe, over 62 million abortions have occurred in the US. Over 32,000 abortions are performed in Pennsylvania each year or nearly 88 abortions in our State every single day.
Welcome to the first “post-Roe” generation! This decision is certainly cause for celebration for anyone who respects the sanctity of human life. Pray and give thanks! We are witnessing history in the making. We celebrate because the decision allows for the conscience of the people to speak and act to determine if and how abortion on demand may continue. Now our work begins. Stay tuned as we continue to share next steps.
We should expect strong reactions. Please join us and take time to pray for our culture. Love one another. Protests and actions by both sides will be expected. Women will be confused, angry, and even panicked about their options. Media, especially social media, has demonized the decision and vilified those who support it. Misinformation, emotional outbursts, and exaggerated claims are spreading like wildfire. You may feel alone, even ashamed at times to speak up. You’ve supported us and we stand with you and provide resources and clarity to support you. Consider signing up to receive our digital toolkit. Simply send an email to me and put “toolkit” in the subject line. You’ll receive an encouraging series of resources, prayer requests, articles and more.
Women’s Choice Network is open and is busier than ever. We had 30 new calls on the Monday after the decision as well as online appointments. Many were from Ohio and West Virginia where abortion will be restricted. There have been fire bombings and facility damage at more than 16 pregnancy centers. But so far, we have not had any incidents. Women will continue to need medical services and the network of caring people to assist with resources, finances, etc. Thanks to you, our doors will remain open.
We’re so grateful for your partnership!
Amy Scheuring, Executive Director
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