Shelbyville, IL – Today the US Supreme Court officially overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision returning rulemaking surrounding abortion back to the states. Yesterday, that same Court, also in a 6-3 decision, issued a significant ruling affirming that the Second Amendment right to bear arms does not stop at the threshold of one’s home but includes the right to carry a firearm in public for protection. Both rulings are seen as a return to the Court’s majority supporting originalist interpretations of the US Constitution.
Following the decisions, State Representative Brad Halbrook put out the following statement:
“It is a monumental, historic day in our nation as the US Supreme Court overturns the Roe v. Wade decision. The unconstitutional law has led to the death of an estimated 60 million babies in the United States since 1973. This new decision returns rulemaking on abortion to the states where no doubt restrictions in place in other states will save lives. In Illinois, the pro-life movement must remain a force for truth. Even before this decision, the Democrats have made Illinois a destination state for abortion by enshrining the right to abortion in law, legalizing abortion for any reason at any time and repealing parental notice of abortion. They are out of step with the majority of the state and I will do whatever I can to reverse our extreme abortion laws.
“Interestingly, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, comes just a day after the Court ruled in a New York Second Amendment case that the right to protect oneself does not end at the doorway of one’s home. This decision comes at an important time when second amendment rights are under attack in Congress. To stop the violence, we need to enforce our current laws instead of going after law-abiding citizens with new laws that are likely unconstitutional.
“It has been a good two days for those who care about protecting life in every way.”