One Year in a Post-Roe World

It has been more than a year since Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade, and in very important ways the world is now a better place. Hundreds of thousands of innocent preborn lives will be saved in the next several years because Dobbs made abortion an issue for the democratic process, giving the people the power to protect life. Lawmakers now pass life-defending laws with confidence, because federal courts and most state courts will review these laws with a presumption of constitutionality. Federal law no longer prevents pro-life states from enforcing laws to protect women and preborn children. As a result, even health and safety laws the Supreme Court had previously held unconstitutional in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt (Texas) and June Medical Services v. Russo (Louisiana) have been revived.

To date, at least thirty federal court cases challenging abortion regulations have been dismissed because abortion activists could not continue fighting them without Roe’s purported abortion right. But the battle over life-defending laws continues in many states. You can read more about it in AUL’s quarterly Life Litigation Reports and in One Year Later: The Landscape of America’s Life-Protecting Laws After Dobbs.