The nation’s highest court is expected to hear arguments this year over a Louisiana abortion law, and a religious liberty law firm plans to use the hearing to re-litigate the landmark Roe v Wade.
"We thought this Louisiana case before the Supreme Court,” explains Thomas More attorney Thomas Olp, “would be a good venue for us to essentially argue that the Court should now relook at Roe v Wade and agree to what all scientists and biologists agree to, which is that a human fetus is a human being."
Thomas More Society is representing Illinois Right to Life, which filed a 51-page amicus brief to argue, in part, that it seeks to inform the public of the “scientific truth” that a fetus is a human being, Olp tells OneNewsNow.
Thomas More is also eyeing a second opportunity before the court: to revisit the claims of the Roe v Wade justices that unborn children at the time were not recognized as humans in the law.
"That's changed, too," says Olp. "For example, 38 of the 50 states have fetal homicide laws and those are laws that treated a human fetus as a person outside of the context of abortion."
A third issue is the court claimed at the time at women were under a lot of pressure and a lot of disability over being pregnant in society.
"That's changed also," Olp continues. "There are a lot of laws that have ameliorated the condition of pregnancy in our society."