By Lexie Bess
Last week, pro-abortion advocates rallied at the Connecticut state capitol in reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to stop a California law demanding pro-life crisis pregnancy centers notify women of their abortion options.
“It’s more important than ever here in Connecticut that our state government will be the first line of defense in protecting women’s healthcare and women’s rights,” said Democratic Senator Mae Flexer.
Flexer was not the only pro-abortion voice at the rally. A representative of NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut was also there to voice her concern. “We have pro-choice Republicans here in Connecticut,” Sarah Croucher of NARAL told local reporters. “I think it’s really important that we call on our legislators to remember that Connecticut is a pro-choice state.”
There were also pro-life advocates who attended the event, standing silently outside the building with signs in their hands. One pro-life advocate spoke up, explaining why she agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday.
“Justice Kennedy, he said it very clearly, that it’s wrong to force these pregnancy centers to do something that’s against their core beliefs,” explained Christina Bennett of the Family Institute of Connecticut. However, a Supreme Court decision means nothing to local government, as the Mayor of Hartford, Luke Bronin, explains he is hopeful a city ordinance will trump the national court’s decision.
“I want to make clear that we don’t view this as having settled the issue on Hartford’s ordinance,” said Mayor Bronin. “We are going to take some time and review the case.”
While arguments can be made as to whether the Supreme Court holds too much power, as it stands today, the Supreme Court’s ruling is the final decision. If local governments believe they can start deciding which laws apply to them and which ones do not, it should also be acceptable for local governments to prevent abortions from happening in their backyard.
Pro-abortion advocates need to realize if they suddenly begin fighting for local governments to resist certain Supreme Court decisions, it will lead other local governments, which might not be pro-abortion, to do the same.
Now I think of it… would that be such a bad thing?