An unprecedented leaked draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson case signals the overturn of Roe v. Wade and federal abortion rights. In a court amicus brief, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) argued that the U.S. Constitution does not create a right to an abortion of an unborn child before viability or at any other stage of pregnancy. The NAE awaits the final decision and opinions that hold important implications for safeguarding the sanctity of life.
“Evangelical commitment to protecting the unborn stems from our deep understanding that God created human beings in his image and that every human life from conception to death has inestimable worth,” said Walter Kim, NAE president. “If the Dobbs leaked draft opinion remains unchanged and becomes law, we will celebrate that citizens will have greater opportunity to engage in creating policies that impact women and children. We also recognize that after this decision, vulnerable women and children will need a lot of support. Churches should be ready to help.”
Any serious attempt to reduce the number of abortions will not focus exclusively on public policy, but will seek to advance a culture that celebrates life, share concerns for human dignity, protect children, and promote healthy families and communities. The NAE believes meaningful public discourse on difficult issues, such as abortion policy, is vital to a flourishing democracy. The NAE is concerned that the Supreme Court leak may increase polarization and impact the court’s insulation from public opinion.
Kim said, “The Bible reveals God’s calling and care for persons before they are born (Psalm 139:13). We know that he is sovereign and that he listens to our prayers. We pray that God would guide our country into a deeper commitment to honor the precious gift of life that he gives.”