“Hawley Test” sets bar for Supreme Court and the pro-life movement

By AJ Dominque III — Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has set the bar that should be adopted for all Supreme Court justice nominees moving forward, and for all strategies to end legalized abortion at the federal, state, and local levels.

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In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Senator Hawley stated:

“I will vote only for those Supreme Court nominees who have explicitly acknowledged that Roe v. Wade is wrongly decided. By explicitly acknowledged, I mean on the record and before they were nominated. I don’t want private assurances from candidates. I don’t want to hear about their personal views, one way or another. I’m not looking for forecasts about how they may vote in the future or predications. I don’t want any of that. I want to see on the record, as part of their record, that they have acknowledged in some forum that Roe v. Wade, as a legal matter, is wrongly decided.”

The latest Supreme Court session stemmed a tide of optimism in those who believed that adding two more Republican-appointed justices to the court would provide the majority needed to overturn the unjust Roe v. Wade decision.

In particular, Chief Justice John Roberts has proven himself to be an unreliable potential vote to overturn Roe. In the June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo case, his concurrence opinion with the majority literally says:

“I joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided…The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike.”

Roberts decided that in the June Medical case, the Court is required to hold to a decision he claims to still believe was “wrongly decided.” This revelation further demonstrates the futility of looking to the courts to correct the unjust Roe decision.

A long history of Republican betrayal

Roberts most recent betrayal adds to a long history of Republican-appointed justices who have been complicit in the advancement of abortion through judicial overreach. 

Republican Presidents have named the last four Chief Justices to the court and 16 of the last 24 associate justices. In fact, the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by a majority of justices named by Republican presidents.

History shows that taking a moderate stance on nominating Supreme Court justices is a fruitless endeavor. Exit polls indicated that the Supreme Court was a significant deciding issue for people who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But the disconnect between the court’s decisions on abortion and the high importance Republican voters give to the right to life should suggest to politicians that a new approach is needed.

After spending decades fighting to try to get even partial limitations on abortion only to reach the end of the slippery slope in June Medical v. Russo, pro-life advocates at the grassroots level are increasingly realizing that a new tact is necessary.

What the future holds

If the pro-life movement seeks to continue to use the Supreme Court in an effort to end legalized abortion, then Hawley’s hard-line stance must be adopted moving forward. Those of us on the ground must demand that our senators hold the same position for all future Supreme Court nominations.

But, given the history of the court’s decisions, the nomination process, and the court’s ever-growing reliance on stare decesis, this route, too, would likely prove to be fruitless, regardless of which side of the political aisle you may be on. We can’t keep holding our breath each time the Supreme Court gathers, only to see the court continue to do what it’s wrongly done for almost 50 years now. To protect human life, it is evident—now more than ever—that local and state efforts must receive our full attention.

Ending abortion will have to come from changing the hearts and minds of the people, reaching our neighbors, and elevating the grassroots movement to our most accessible levels of government. Ultimately, we need to seek out and empower lawmakers who are willing to take a stand and resist these disastrous judicial decisions.

AJ Dominique III is a marketing and management professional and a contributing writer for the Personhood Alliance. He is a life-long Christian, a husband, and the proud father of two who is trying to do his part to protect the sanctity of human life and promote the importance of the nuclear family.

5 comments on ““Hawley Test” sets bar for Supreme Court and the pro-life movement

  1. Steven P Bowman says:

    Well, agree that the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to do the right thing; and even if it did, many states are ALL ABORTIONS ALL THE TIME. Meaning, of course, that even well meaning but BAD laws like the heartbeat law in Georgia will only enshrine killing some children, letting others die before six weeks, and not really addressing the underlying issue: child killing is still legal! So, saving children by reaching women and girls before they make the horrible choice is a great way to reverse Roe in a child’s life! We in GA are doing that right now, reaching 5000-6000 girls and women each month via social media ads, Google, billboards, radio, and other outlets. Meanwhile, every girl or woman who chooses life as a result of these efforts will add to the pro-life numbers, and God willing, influence her peers to also choose life. Pray for that end. One day nobody will elect a rep or senator or other official that is okay with killing babies (or the elderly, etc.)

    1. Sarah Quale says:

      Yes, Steve! Every child must be protected from conception. No exceptions! Thank you for what you are doing in Georgia to make abortion not only illegal, but unthinkable!

  2. BDM says:

    Rick…you are right on the money! We cannot continue to execute unborn children and pretend it does not impact our country,society and culture. The culling out of the “less desirable” people is a well executed plan by all the elite world view thinkers, who have created a way to remove the “unwanted” (by them) from our midst. The republican politicians we have been electing are all part of the oligarchy, who decide who should live and who should not. It is no accident that 50% of black babies end up on the operating room floor instead of in the arms of a loving mother. The color matters not,but the carnage must end before our country is destroyed by this practice. Throughout history, the mightiest nations that embraced killing infants ended up on the dust bin of antiquity. No Nation that has embraced the demonic practice of child killing has survived. We are no exception…if only for our own existence, this madness must stop! We can stop this with our prayers and actions! Let’s make America great again!

  3. Rick De Prisco says:

    This is a powerfully persuasive commentary on the false reasoning inherent in the stare decisis approach to high court decisions. If that doctrine were really valid, we would still have legal slavery today. Naturally, decisions should stand if they comport with the US Constitution — that’s to be a given. But any previous decision that flies in the face of constitutional mandates ought to be overturned. Thus, there is no legal justification for treating previous decisions as if they’re sacrosanct. Let the good ones remain; let the wrongly reasoned ones be stricken. It’s as simple as that. Surely, then, Roe v. Wade is a clear violation of the right to life that is at the core of our Constitution and ought to be upended.

    1. Sarah Quale says:

      Excellent points, Rick.

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