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REPORTED BY: SHAWN FLEETWOOD | JULY 06, 2022

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The striking down of Roe offers legislators the unique opportunity to show Europe — and the rest of the world — what it means to defend and promote liberty and justice for all.

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Whether it’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accusing the “Republican-controlled” Supreme Court of “extremism,” or America’s favorite Marxist girl scout Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., proposing to put abortion facilities on federal lands in states with pro-life laws, the endless hysteria coming from Democrat politicians and media figures since the overturning of Roe v. Wade has been a sight to behold. Not to be outdone by their American counterparts, however, major pro-abortion politicians across the world have also jumped into the mix to offer their unasked-for hot takes on the subject. In addition to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lashing out on Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron also criticized the high court for returning the abortion issue to the states, saying he believes, “Abortion is a fundamental right for all women.”

“It must be protected. I wish to express my solidarity with the women whose liberties are being undermined by the Supreme Court of the United States,” Macron said.

While you’d be hard-pressed to find this “fundamental right” in the U.S. Constitution, one thing that’s pretty easy to find is France’s abortion laws, which unequivocally state that the life-taking procedure “can only be performed before the end of the fourteenth week of pregnancy.” Perhaps if Macron had bothered to actually read up on the Dobbs Supreme Court case instead of tweeting out the first piece of woke, hot garbage that popped into his head, he’d find that his own country has stronger legal protections for the unborn than the Mississippi law upheld in the SCOTUS decision, which prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Europe Has Tougher Abortion Restrictions than America

France is hardly the only European country with stronger pro-life laws than many U.S. states. In fact, most nations within the European Union extend greater legal protections to the unborn than France does, with laws prohibiting most abortions after 12 weeks in countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary, among others. While a 12-week ban is the most common among the EU, other member states such as Poland have laws that do even more to protect the unborn. Under current Polish law, abortion is only permitted when the health of the mother is at risk or in cases of rape or incest. For much of modern Polish history, women were also allowed to get an abortion if the unborn child had an abnormality in his or her prenatal diagnosis (such as Down syndrome). Such reasoning, however, was ruled unconstitutional in late 2020 by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, with the high court saying that it violated “constitutional guarantees for human life.”

“The right to life is a fundamental human right,” said Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki in December 2020. “It always takes precedence over the right to choose, because no person can authoritatively allow the possibility of killing another.”

America Should Take the Lead in the Fight for Life

Since the downfall of Roe v. Wade last month, more than a dozen U.S. states have passed or implemented laws to protect the unborn, with some such as Missouri enacting a trigger law that prohibits nearly all abortions statewide. While such victories should be celebrated, there remains much work to be done for the pro-life movement in state legislatures across the country. Although enacting pro-life legislation in states such as California and New York will undoubtedly remain difficult, several red states such as Kansas and Indiana have looser abortion laws than most of the EU, with both jurisdictions allowing for the murder of unborn children up until 22 weeks of pregnancy. Similar trends can be found in other states with Republican-majority legislatures, including Nebraska and Montana.

While any pro-life legislation to protect the unborn is welcome, the striking down of Roe offers legislators nationwide the unique opportunity to show Europe — and the rest of the world — what it means to defend and promote liberty and justice for all. For many, America has stood as a beacon of freedom and liberty in the world for decades, where the natural rights endowed by God are to be guaranteed to every individual. It’s past time we live up to such ideals and extend them to every human being in our nation, no matter how young.


Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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