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Pastor Toolkit: Abortion and the Dobbs Decision

In 1973, the Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade that a woman had a constitutional right to abort an unborn child before fetal viability. This decision rested on the dubious, extra-constitutional reasoning that the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause contains a “right to privacy” for abortion decisions, which ultimately denied an unborn baby federal statutory protection.

In so doing, the Court removed the profound legal and moral question of abortion from the democratic process, resulting in 50 years of spiritual and emotional discontent among the American people. Nevertheless, history has shown that landmark Supreme Court decisions can certainly be reversed. In 1896, Plessy v. Ferguson upheld the legality of segregation, but the Court corrected itself 58 years later in Brown v. the Board of Education when it overruled Plessy and ended racial segregation. Indeed, in our history, the Supreme Court has overturned past rulings more than 230 times.[1]

As pro-life Americans, we must always be ready to stand up for our beliefs. The Dobbs decision returns the subject of abortion to state leaders, which presents a significant opportunity to reverse our Nation’s radicalism. This toolkit aims to be a resource for pastors and others who want to offer convincing legal, scientific, and spiritual arguments in defense of the unborn.


  • 71% of Americans support legal limits on abortion, while only 17% of voters believe abortion should be allowed at any time during a pregnancy.
  • 73% of voters agree that there are two lives to consider—the life of the woman and the life of the unborn child.
  • 69% favor parental notification for pregnant teenagers versus only 24% who oppose it.
  • 65% of Americans favor prohibiting abortions, with 46% strongly favoring, after the ...