A Post-Roe Legislative Agenda for Congress

 By Josh Craddock - Posted at Public Discourse:

In the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned this summer, pro-life legislators must act to protect human life in the womb. They should introduce legislation to recognize the personhood of the unborn, strip the ability of federal courts to hear challenges to this recognition, create a private right of action to help enforce anti-abortion policy, and use the taxing power to cripple the abortion industry.

If the Supreme Court finally overrules Roe v. Wade this summer, Congress will no longer be able to blame the Supreme Court for its inability to act to protect human life in the womb. There will be more pressure than ever on pro-life legislators to take courageous action to support expectant mothers and to protect human life in the womb. What should that post-Roe legislative agenda look like?

In addition to legislation that tangibly supports families and expectant mothers, legislators should introduce strong anti-abortion legislation that recognizes the personhood of the unborn, strips federal courts of jurisdiction over the statute, and empowers individuals to enforce it through a private right of action. And if such strong medicine is too politically impracticable, pro-life legislators should at the very least tax abortion providers and abortion-pill manufacturers as a mechanism for promoting a pro-life social policy.