America weathered the disaster of Roe v. Wade for forty-nine years, but that time has ended. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court overruled Roe and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, and corrected the pernicious idea that the Constitution protects abortion violence. Roe was an “exercise of raw judicial power” that severely restricted Congress and the States from enacting life-affirming laws. Now that Dobbs has overturned Roe, the Supreme Court has reinstated Congress’ full constitutional powers to protect human life.
Americans United for Life has prepared a federal policy guide to provide a post-Roe overview and resources for Members of Congress and pro-life advocates. The document discusses:
- Congress’ role in protecting human life post-Dobbs.
- The robust federal pro-life policy stance set by Congress.
- The importance of congressional hearings, including hearings on fetal development and the harms of the abortion industry.
- Constitutional powers to protect human life, including the Commerce Clause, Territorial Clause, Spending Clause, Postal Clause, and Fourteenth Amendment’s Enforcement Provision.
- Pro-life legislation ideas for a post-Roe America.
Americans United for Life is committed to assisting Congress in defending life.
“There are many opportunities for the 118th Congress to guard long-standing pro-life laws, like the prohibition of taxpayer funding of elective abortion, and hold this administration accountable. Congress has the opportunity to expand its defense of life,” explains Jesse Southerland, AUL Federal Policy Director. “Congress should use its powers to reaffirm a pro-life baseline in America. Since Roe’s reversal, Congress has its full constitutional powers to safeguard the human right to life.”
For federal legislative consulting or bill drafting assistance, please contact Jesse Southerland at Jesse.Southerland@aul.org.