I recently had the pleasure of bringing college students from a liberal arts university to an important pro-life leadership conference. The event we attended was the Students for Life New England Leadership Summit held at Boston College. I was honored to interact with brave students who are compassionate advocates for life on their campuses.
I was asked to speak at the conference, along with some amazing pro-life leaders I respect. Among the speakers was a man with an impressive history in the pro-life movement. His name is Professor Dwight Duncan and he teaches Constitutional Law at the University Of Massachusetts School Of Law. Professor Duncan has argued several cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and written briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court.
He has participated in high profile cases such as Stenberg v. Carhart regarding partial-birth abortion, and he’s on the board of directors for the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund. The message he spoke to the students stood out from everything else I heard that day.
Professor Dwight Duncan, professor of Constitutional law, University of Massachusetts School of Law
Professor Duncan told us abortion was legalized while he was in his 20’s. He spoke about Casey vs. Planned Parenthood, and how in that case the Supreme Court wrongly upheld Roe v. Wade based on the precedent that it was settled law. He shared that at the time of Casey vs. Planned Parenthood he believed Roe v. Wade could be overturned. His hopes were dashed, but he continued fighting for the child in the womb to have human rights.
I admired his perseverance. It was inspiring to realize Roe vs. Wade was legalized when he was the age of the students, yet he’s still speaking out against it.
He shared on the possibility of Roe being overturned if we had enough Supreme Court judges committed to that cause. In his opinion, for the sake of the country going forward, it would be best for a decision like that to be made unanimously like Brown vs. Board of Education was. If it was overturned, he said there’d be a high probability of abortion laws still being enforced in liberal states. He challenged us in our stand while cautioning us in our optimism of Roe being overturned, lest we suffer heartache.
I saw his expression when he said that after the election he considered overturning Roe could be possible. He had a look of restrained but visible hope. It was like he was daring to believe it could happen. This is a man who has spent more years than I have existed speaking out against abortion. If he believes there’s a chance this death decree can be overturned, how can we not give our all to working to that end? How could we, as a younger generation, not take the torch from this father in the faith, and keep it burning brightly?
After his talk, I searched online for a message like the one he spoke at Boston College. I found his article titled, “The Death of Roe.” Above the title is a picture of Bound4LIFE team member Robbi Harvell wearing Life Tape. He writes:
“So while the death of Roe is possible in the next four years, the strategy is, pardon the expression, premature for the moment. It’s just not viable yet. If Trump gets another Supreme Court appointment (assuming Gorsuch is confirmed, as seems likely), however, all hell will break out over the issue of the continued relevance of Roe. If the day of its overturning ever comes, though, good riddance! The U.S. Constitution does not guarantee such a right to take innocent human life. Roe v. Wade’s obituary is long overdue.”
If I believed in coincidences, I’d say that picture just happened to be used along with his article. I don’t believe in coincidences though. I believe my steps are divinely ordered by God, and I was born for such a time as this. I heard Professor Duncan’s talk for a reason, and I saw the gleam of possibility in his eyes. It was stirring to hear a man in his position say that my prayers could actually come true. Like Abraham, I am believing for the promise. This is our moment in history to contend for it. Maybe we shouldn’t guard our hearts so much from the optimism of faith.
Christina Marie Bennett speaking outside the United States Supreme Court
Let’s keep praying for new appointments that will shift the Supreme Court to defend children in the womb. Let’s keep providing practical care to pregnant women and families in need of help. Let’s pray that the students on college campuses would become messengers for LIFE on their hostile campuses. Believe with me—if there’s a possibility Roe can be overturned, it’s worth giving our all to see it happen.