Gathered outside court, pro-lifers feel hopeful about outcome of Dobbs

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The pro-life rally on the sidewalk outside the U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 1 found much to cheer about as the nine justices inside heard arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

They cheered when rally emcee Alison Centofante of Live Action announced she was 21 weeks pregnant.

They let out a louder whoop at when Abby Johnson was introduced. She is the former Planned Parenthood clinic director who became a pro-life activist and is the subject of the film "Unplanned," based on her book.

And by the time the mostly youthful crowd reached a few thousand in number and stretched down First Street, it let out a roar for Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, who had been observing the court arguments.

If the justices uphold the Mississippi law, which bans nearly all abortions at 15 weeks, their ruling could overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion -- which would then return the issue of abortion to the states.

"Today is our day," said Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House Republican whip. "This is what we've been waiting for."

"What an amazing day, right?" Fitch said. "Over the past 50 years, our world has changed. It's time that our laws caught up."

She said that if the court's decision, not expected until July, does return all abortion laws to the states, "We are ready, willing and able to do the job."