Congressman Bruce Westerman's Weekly Column


Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Clinic in favor of Dobbs, reversing Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and sending the issue of abortion back to the states. This historic decision will have major ramifications across the country. Now, the fight for life begins in the states, as each legislature creates its own laws on abortion. Some states, including Arkansas, have “trigger” laws already on the books have gone into effect after the decision and after appropriate certification by the state Attorney General. Abortion in Arkansas is now illegal except in the case where the mother’s life is threatened. 


Thankfully, women who may have otherwise considered an abortion are not alone. Pro-life centers have already saved more than 800,000precious lives by meeting the physical, emotional, and material needs of women in difficult circumstances so they may feel confident in choosing life for their unborn child.


You may have seen in the news recently that crisis pregnancy centers across the country have been targeted and vandalized by the pro-abortion group "Jane's Revenge" and threatened by other radical leftist groups after the Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked. This violence is designed to promote fear in the staff, volunteers, and mothers who come to crisis pregnancy centers for medical care, referrals, food, baby supplies, education, counseling, and other essential services.  


Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., “Jane’s Revenge” posted flyers warning of riots after the Supreme Court’s decision to return abortion law to the States, where it belongs. They call it a “night of rage.” I call it possible domestic terrorism. 


Domestic terrorism is defined by the FBI as politically or religiously motivated violence committed to further an ideological goal. That is why I sent a letter with more than 100 of my Republican colleagues demanding the Department of Justice investigate these attacks on innocent people in crisis pregnancy centers as domestic terrorism.


I also sent another letter this week to Attorney General Merrick Garland imploring him to immediately and aggressively stop the violence against pro-life Americans. The people who work in these pro-life organizations, and the women who come to them for help, are innocent and deserve the protection of law enforcement. The politically motivated threatening and attempted intimidation of crisis pregnancy centers must be prosecuted.


Today, life won, but the fight is really just beginning and the pro-life movement will not be intimidated or frightened. We will always stand for the rights of the unborn until abortion is not only illegal in all 50 states, but unconscionable.


6-24-22 7:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG