In May, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would take up Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a dispute arising in Mississippi that might jeopardize the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a constitutional right to abortion in the United States.
The Dobbs case involves a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy for any reason except for medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormalities. The law was first enacted in 2019 and was declared unconstitutional by the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. That court found that the law was unconstitutional because it violated Roe’s holding and the cases that have followed it.
When the Supreme Court agreed to consider the issue, Mississippi requested in its brief that the court expressly overturn the Roe decision. Multiple interested parties filed amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs asking Roe to set aside. Now that the briefs have been filed, the court has announced that oral arguments will be conducted on December 1.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is a pro-life advocacy group that said this week that its investigators had discovered scandals that strongly support the need to uphold protections for unborn babies. The group says that the babies in the window protected by the Mississippi law are those most in danger of being used for organ harvesting and experimentation.
CMP’s undercover reporting shows that executives for Planned Parenthood consistently state that babies over 15 weeks gestational age are needed for the organization’s body parts harvesting, and trafficking uses.
In videos dating back to 2015, CMP has revealed that the abortion industry has routinely broken federal law by marketing human organs and tissue for profit. Abortion procedures have been altered to improve the quality of human tissues obtained for sale. There have also been reports of partial-birth abortions used for tissue harvesting.
The video from this week reports on “humanized mice” experimentation that includes grafting tissue harvested from aborted babies onto mice. Researchers reportedly sought out body parts from babies of gestational ages between 17 and 22 weeks as the most desirable.
In August, David Daleiden of the CMP and the Thomas More Society filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court urging the court to uphold the Mississippi statute. The brief argues that 15 weeks is the point when a fetus “most recognizably becomes a fellow human being” and when vulnerable babies “become most useful as an experimental biologic ‘resource.’”