This week the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a lower court ruling striking a North Dakota law making abortion illegal when a fetus’ heartbeat is detectable. The North Dakota ban would have effectively made abortion illegal at as early as six weeks gestation. Last week, the Supreme Court refused to review a similar ruling striking an Arkansas heartbeat ban when the fetus is “at least twelve weeks.”
The Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene makes it clear that for now the right to abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy continues to be constitutionally protected. While the number of abortions annually in the U.S. is declining, there are still upwards of one million abortions a year in the U.S., and 58 million unborn children have been aborted since Roe. Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!