A man in Alabama shot and killed his wife and unborn child. He admits that he killed his wife, but argues that he shouldn’t be held responsible for killing their child.
The jury of his peers did not listen to that argument, and convicted him of double-homicide under Alabama law. He was sentenced to death.
He appealed the decision all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court, arguing that the death penalty was inappropriate in the case because he only killed one person, not two. His argument was that the unborn child (being between six and eight weeks old) wasn’t viable, and shouldn’t be counted as a person.
Alabama’s law directly answers his objections. The Brody Act protects even “nonviable fetuses from homicidal acts.” This man’s murderous actions constitute double-homicide under Alabama law.
The Supreme Court of Alabama unanimously upheld the conviction and the sentence. One of the justices of that court went even further, calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Justice Parker agreed with the decision, and wrote a separate opinion to argue that Roe v. Wade must be overturned. He notes that the Brody Act protects all unborn children from homicide – except for in the case of abortion. He calls this the “Roe exception.”
Because of the Roe exception, the state cannot protect unborn children from abortion. Justice Parker says that this exception is “patently illogical.”
Justice Parker has urged the Supreme Court to reverse the Roe v. Wade decision, and to allow states to protect unborn children from abortion. Why can the law protect a child from a gun, but not from the forceps of an abortionist?
This powerful opinion from Justice Parker comes just weeks after Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.
Perhaps now is the time that Roe v. Wade will be overturned?
I join Justice Parker in stating that it is my hope and prayer that the Supreme Court will do so. I join him in this appeal to the Supreme Court to set things right by overturning Roe v. Wade.
You can also join Justice Parker in calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade by signing the online petition. Click here to tell the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
The Roe exception is the last remaining obstacle to the states' ability to protect the God-given respect and dignity of unborn human life. I urge the Supreme Court of the United States to reconsider the Roe exception and to overrule this constitutional aberration. Return the power to the states to fully protect the most vulnerable among us. – Justice Parker, Concurring Opinion in the case of Jessie Phillips v. State of Alabama, 2018