Even among pro-life groups, there is disagreement about whether the abortion bill in South Dakota is a good idea:
Mary Spaulding Balch, a spokeswoman with the National Right to Life Committee, supports the essence of the bill, but says this is the wrong time.
"If this type of a bill was to make its way all the way to the Supreme Court, we don't have the votes for this to be upheld as constitutional," Balch said.
She said a loss will simply send legal fees to pro-abortion lawyers. But others say it's worth making the attempt.
"Unless there are good laws challenging current federal Supreme Court rulings, we're not going to go anywhere," said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior policy analyst for bioethics at Focus on the Family. "The bill in South Dakota reminds us of the ultimate goal of the pro-life movement, and that is to outlaw abortion, because it's not good for women and it kills their children."
Balch's position seems to be an entirely political calculation. She seems to be saying that we shouldn't fight a battle until we're absolutely sure we can win. But as Earll points out, we can't possibly win if we don't fight.
I assume that Bach is saying that as the Court stands now, we would probably lose; therefore we shouldn't try now because if we lose it will just make things that much harder in the future. While I understand that way of thinking, I disagree.
First, it is a mistake to start counting the Justices before you pass legislation. Some justices are notoriously unpredictable so its possible, even on issues like abortion, that you might actually be in a better position than you think. (This is especially true when, as in this case, the bill is based on a unique legal argument.) Further, even if your count of the justices is correct, that may not mean anything. For a bill to go from signature to the Supreme Court usually takes several years. A lot can change in that time. Justices retire, change their minds, or even die while serving on the bench. Even if your count is accurate today that may bear no relation to the circumstances that will exist when the law actually reaches the Supreme Court.
The other reason is far more fundamental. Paul said, "... preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction." For Christians who oppose abortion because we view it as murder, the theft of one of God's greatest gifts, how can we do any less than to oppose it in season and out of season.