The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome! Ed Martin here on The Pro America Report. Hey, we’re wrapping up this week. It’s been a great week. So interesting, so much going on. I’ve been reviewing some of the Phyllis Schlafly, the 29th Collegian Summit that we hosted a few days ago in Washington, DC. We had 17 speakers with these great interviews and conversations, kind of famous people.
Congressman Thomas Massey comes to mind, Congressman Matt Gaetz.
And then people that you might not know their name, you know their issue. Cynthia Hughes, the founder of the Patriot Freedom Project, which is fighting for the January 6ers. And also we had Marina Hoffman who’s been talking about women in the Bible, but also her family. She’s American, and her family is originally from Canada. Her dad is a trucker and a pastor. She’s talking about how government is being overly burdensome and overly intrusive in Canada. On and on, issues, immigration, Todd Bensman, all sorts of folks. So very helpful. Wonderful Collegians thank you. To those of you that tuned in, you can visit Proamericareport.com and see some of the speakers there. But the better way is go to Phyllis Schlafly.com/Collegians.
Okay, today, what you need to know is life is on the march. Life is on the march. Not just the pro-life march, which takes place every January, but life is on the march. We’re all waiting for the decision to come out in Dobbs, and we’re very optimistic. That will be a great decision. Reversing Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and Pennsylvania versus Casey, or Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania versus Casey, all decisions that were really poorly decided and not based on really smart reasoning, just sort of politics over legal principles.
So we’re hoping for a reversal, which means things will go back to the states.
And that’s where it’s interesting. You see, for about 25 years, the left has relied upon using the courts as their legislative branch. If you can’t pass it through the Legislature, state or federal, you go and get the federal courts or the state courts to do it. So a few years ago in Iowa, the left elected a couple more Iowa Supreme Court judges, and the Iowa State Supreme Court did what the U.S. Supreme Court did in 1973. The Iowa Supreme Court in 2018 said, I think it was 2018, either 2018 or 2019 said, we discovered a right to abortion in the Iowa State Constitution. So no matter what they do at the big U.S. Constitution, the big Constitution will always have abortion in Iowa. Well, Iowa’s a pretty conservative place, pretty pro-life place. And so what happened was people suddenly said what? They said, Wait, I guess I care more about who’s on the Iowa Supreme Court than I did before. And over the last four years, they’ve had a few of those justices retire and a few more get on the bench who are conservative, just like at the U.S. Supreme Court.
And so on Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court went back on this created right, which happened in 2018 ruling. And they said, Yeah, we got to overrule that. That makes no sense. That makes no sense. We’re going to overrule that.
That was created out of whole cloth.
Now, what happens in Iowa is if the US Supreme Court reverses Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton and US, Planned Parenthood versus Casey, then Iowa can go ahead and pass laws that limit abortion.
So that’s a big deal.
And Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, she deserves credit. She tweeted, Today’s ruling is a significant victory in our fight to protect the unborn, et cetera, et cetera. So what do we have happening here?
We have and I spent some time with Bridget VanMeans of Thrive Nation, what started as a pregnancy resource center and has really become a center for service to women, soon to be moms and children and others, and then a kind of community force, Thrive Nation. And she was in Washington, D.C.
And she was making the rounds, visiting people. And more and more people are saying, wow, we’ve got to do more to focus our attention on the right place, in the right place, on the women, on what’s happening. But we got to protect life. And there are things happening in this country.
I spoke early on Friday with a businessman, Luke Vander Bleek. Luke Vander Bleek is a pharmacy owner who happens to be a pharmacist, and he’s a great Christian gentleman, and he has for years, I was a lawyer when he was fighting against Rod Blagojevich, who was trying to make people of Illinois, the business owners of Illinois, the pharmacy owners of Illinois, the pharmacists of Illinois, dispense the abortion drugs. And Luke Vander Bleek fought back then. And I was talking to him today, and we were saying, excuse me, he was saying he was optimistic and hopeful that there would be a renewed series of conversations in our nation about abortion and about life after the Dobbs decision.
In other words, it would be a Dobbs decision would have a legal impact, yes. But it would have a cascading effect on making people beginning to charge people with kind of really examining what’s going on and as Luke said, realizing the barbarity of especially late term abortion, but just in general, and that there’s an opportunity, just like there was an opportunity after 3D ultrasounds became more common and all these things are happening. There’s an opportunity to try not just to win the legal precedent, not just to win the reversal, but to win the hearts and minds, to win the argument, to gain momentum for the people of this country. And my encouragement to you if you’re pro-life is,
life seems to be on the march.
A lot of things are off base, right? Big tech and big media. Congress seems broken. We can’t control our borders. Our president seems a bit, more than a bit seems clueless.
But I would say more and more people are rediscovering, recovering, maybe just discovering that life is valuable and matters and as a matter of policy, as a matter ofthe laws, we’re seeing life on the march. I mean, a lot of people, lots of people who just are terrified and devastated that abortion takes place in America for all these decades have worked and prayed and led, and now we’re living in a time where Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton can be reversed, where the Iowa Supreme Court gets, reverses its bad decision and says, yeah, of course you can limit abortion. And more and more young people say they’re pro-life.
Life is on the march. But life is on the march.
It’s a great time. It’s a great time. All right. We will take a break. When we come back, we’ll speak first of all with Mark Paoletta about his book about Clarence Thomas. It’s Clarence Thomas in his own words. Mark Paoletta and Michael Pack put it together. And then David Horowitz. David Horowitz will challenge us as he only can, always a challenge about getting ready to fight back.
We’ll take a break and be right back. It’s Ed Martin here in the Pro America Report. We’ll be back in a moment.