A statement from Herb Geraghty, executive director of Rehumanize International
Finally, the Supreme Court has recognized what legal scholars and pro-life Americans have argued for decades — the Roe v. Wade decision was “egregiously wrong from the start." There is no constitutional right to take the life of another human being.
This is certainly a moment for celebration as we see this monumental expansion of human rights. However, it should also be a moment of mourning. This decision has come far too late. Since 1973, over 63 million individual human lives have been taken by abortion in this country alone. At this time, we must remember these children and recommit ourselves to the mission of ensuring that no child faces a similar fate.
This work is far from over.
Of course, we cannot stop until our unborn brothers and sisters are protected in every state and every country around the world.
Crucially, as pro-life people, we must also work to ensure that no pregnant person ever feels that abortion is their only option. In the richest country in the world, we can absolutely come together to provide for the material needs of pregnant and parenting people.
In this moment, we should redouble our efforts to serve the members of our community who most need our support. We must stand with those who have historically been disproportionately targeted and exploited by the abortion industrial complex — in particular, low-income women and families, immigrants, people of color, and the LGBTQ community.
We cannot ignore the real material conditions that many pregnant people in our communities face that lead them to consider abortion. No one should have to choose between a child and a career. No pregnant person should have to worry about finding a safe place to sleep at night or be concerned that they will not be able to access the healthcare they deserve.
We must do whatever possible to eliminate racism and correct the shameful maternal mortality rates in this country, particularly for black and indigenous mothers. We must work to decriminalize our response to poverty and mental illness and address the particular needs of incarcerated and detained pregnant people, working toward decarceration whenever possible. The needs of all marginalized and disenfranchised people in our communities must be addressed — our shared human dignity demands it.
I am excited to be a part of building this genuine Culture of Life. I hope that you will join us.