Star Parker: 207 Members of Congress Ask Court to Rethink Roe v. Wade

In March 2020, the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of Louisiana’s new abortion law, which requires that physicians doing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic.

Under the leadership of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, an amicus — “friend of the court” — brief supporting the law was just filed, signed by 207 members of Congress, 39 senators and 168 House members.

A press release from Scalise summarizes the arguments made and lists a number of conservative organizations supporting the brief, one of which is my organization — the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.

What makes this filing particularly interesting is not just the sheer volume of congressional signatories — almost 40% of the Senate and House combined; it’s also the fact that it goes further than just arguing support for the constitutionality of the Louisiana law to suggest that the widespread confusion regarding abortion law ties directly to the confusing basic premises under which abortion was found constitutional in the 1973 Roe v. Wade and the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions.

The brief urges the Supreme Court to cast new scrutiny on these two landmark decisions that have defined the abortion legal landscape.

Asking the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade is provocative, to say the least. But it is also courageous and on target.

How can we possibly function as a nation when an issue as critical as abortion defies consensus as to its constitutional pedigree as well as its morality?

Can there be any better evidence of this confusion than recalling the famous interchange in August 2008 when Pastor Rick Warren asked then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, “At what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?”

Obama, a Harvard-educated lawyer who would go on to be twice elected president, replied lamely, “answering that question … is above my pay grade.”

Yet despite his candor about his inability to clarify the biological and legal status of the unborn child, he didn’t hesitate to be the first sitting American president to address the national meeting of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, and tell them, “God bless you.”

There is a well-known expression from the world of computing that says, “garbage in, garbage out.”

Faulty premises will produce faulty results and output.

This is a pretty good summary of what has been happening to American culture since the Roe v. Wade decision.

Once sanctity of life and its legal protections became ambiguous, our entire culture began to unravel.

The percentage of American adults married since Roe v. Wade has dropped by one-third. The percentage of children in households with married parents is down 15%, and the percentage of babies born to unwed mothers up over 300%.

The last decade, according the Census Bureau, is estimated to have the slowest 10-year growth in the U.S. population since the first census was taken in 1790.

The Census Bureau forecasts that by 2034, for the first time, there will be more Americans over age 65 than under 18.

And, of course, we cannot overlook the damage our national soul has incurred by looking away as 61,628,584 babies have been destroyed in the womb since 1973, as the Guttmacher Institute reports.

In the latest Gallup polling, 49% identified as pro-life and 46% as pro-choice. Fifty percent say abortion is “morally wrong,” and 42% say it is “morally acceptable.”

For the 47th time, hundreds of thousands will arrive in Washington for the March for Life, noting the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, Jan. 22, 1973.

There is growing appreciation for the notion that what’s driving a sense that something is wrong in our nation is ambiguity regarding the sanctity of life.

Let’s pray that the court heeds these 207 members of Congress and starts rethinking the Roe v. Wade decision.



Star Parker is the founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and author of the new book “Necessary Noise: How Donald Trump Inflames the Culture War and Why This is Good News for America,” available now at

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  1. I was 17 when Roe v. Wade took the crime of murder, rebranded it, rolled it back out and called it “choice”. It both hurt and scared me. I remember thinking and feeling that our society was on a highway to Hell. I hope that the Supreme Court reconsiders this heartbreaking and soul-destroying court decision. If the tiny unborn life doesn’t matter, then NO life matters!

    While I don’t believe anybody’s tax dollars should go to funding abortions, Black people’s tax dollars have been forced to fund a disgusting organization, Planned Parenthood, that was founded by a disgusting human being. Margaret Sanger was a racist and eugenicist who wanted to exterminate our race and sterilize anyone else she felt was “unfit” to be fruitful and multiply! She had a Klansman, Lothrop Stoddard, on the Board of Directors of her precursor organization to PP, the American Birth Control League. She also gave a speech at a luncheon hosted by Ladies of the Ku Klux Klan. She came away with many offers to speak at similar events. I wonder want this Hitler-In-Dress had to say that was so interesting to these “Ladies”? The Left has tried to deny (read: dismiss) her racism and has tried to “clean up” her remark about “not wanting word to get out” that the birth control and eugenics movement wanted to exterminate the Black race. However, there’s not enough lye soap, water, bleach, disinfectant, or elbow grease that could possibly “clean up” this vile racist. You couldn’t sandblast Margaret Sanger into being anything other than then the monster she was! What she meant by that remark was crystal clear!

    Republicans and Conservatives have long been calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the repeal of Roe v. Wade. I would LOVE to see this! I do have a question. Would the funding of Planned Parenthood for other women’s health services and/or research in eugenics continue? Planned Parenthood not only needs to be defunded—it needs to be put out of business and shut down permanently! PP is not the only clinic that can provide women’s health services. I don’t believe that ALL research in genetics is necessarily bad. However, this research should not and doesn’t have to be done at Planned Parenthood! This organization needs to not only be defunded, it needs to be put out of business and shut down—permanently.