WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement on tomorrow’s oral argument before the Supreme Court in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case deals with the constitutionality of a 2018 Mississippi state law that bans almost all abortions after fifteen weeks of pregnancy.
Graham has long been a leader and one of the most effective legislators in Congress in passing pro-life legislation. He was the original author of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush. Graham is currently pushing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would ban abortions twenty weeks after fertilization.
Graham on threats against the Court:
“Tomorrow will be a consequential day in the history of the Supreme Court.
“To my Democratic colleagues: I will accept whatever decision the Court renders in the Mississippi abortion case – whether I like it or not. However, I find the threats leveled against the Court by Democratic politicians to be inappropriate and dangerous.
“Threats to expand the size of the Supreme Court based on a ruling you may not agree with undermines the Rule of Law.”
Graham on Dobbs Case:
“It has long been my personal view that ‘substantive due process’ as a legal concept is unbounded and dangerous.
“Under Roe vs. Wade, elected legislators are prohibited from having a say about the rights of the unborn before medical viability. The Court’s legal reasoning behind this is an example of ‘substantive due process.’
“Over time, ‘substantive due process’ allows the Court to confer rights based on the view of five Supreme Court Justices, not the Constitution. In effect, the Court becomes the most powerful legislative body in the land.
“The Dobbs case is historic and will afford the Court the opportunity to return political decision making to the legislative branch and revisit ‘substantive due process.’”