TOPEKA, Kan. — Former United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback today issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health:
“At long last—but not before the tragic loss of more than 63 million innocent lives—the Supreme Court has repudiated the mistake that was Roe v. Wade.
“America was founded upon the ‘self-evident truth’ that all humans are endowed with the unalienable right to life. Yet the wisdom that flowed from Jefferson’s pen in 1776 was rejected almost two centuries later, when a divided Supreme Court created a constitutional right to abortion in 1973.
“The contentious debate that has consumed our country since has proven that the American people, the democratic process, and ultimately even the federal judiciary have been ill-served by the Supreme Court’s breathtaking intervention into, and circumvention of, the public debate about abortion.
“Today’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is a great day for the rule of law in this country. Court decisions should be about the law as it is written, not desired outcomes. Legal scholars on the Left, including even Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have criticized Roe for cutting short the policy debate on abortion by elected officials.
“Abortion is a moral issue, not a legal one. Roe was anti-democratic and today’s ruling is a victory for our nation’s democratic process. The people, not unelected judges, will decide its fate.”