State Supreme Courts
Preparing for the Day After Roe
UPDATE: We are preparing summaries of each of the 50 whitepapers. States for which summaries are currently available are marked with an asterisk in the list to the left.
When Roe v. Wade is overturned, the court battles will not stop. They will move to the states, where state supreme courts will play a vital role. Instead of focusing on one national President, one Senate and one Supreme Court, the pro-life movement will need to focus on 50 state governors, 50 state legislatures and 50 state supreme courts.
Many state supreme courts are hotbeds of judicial activism. Already, sixteen activist state supreme courts have invented a right to abortion in their state’s constitution. In the same way the pro-life and conservative movements have spent decades working to stop judicial activism in the United States Supreme Court, we are extending those efforts to the state supreme courts and restore a constitutionalist judicial philosophy.
To that end, Americans United for Life initiated the State Supreme Court Project, an in-depth look at state supreme courts’ treatment of life issues and an examination of judicial restraint and/or activism at the state level. We commissioned 50 white papers, covering the status of each state’s supreme court, and examining judicial restraint and/or activism within that state.
This website compiles the white papers, in PDF format, into an online pro-life reference on the status of state supreme courts around the country. All 50 whitepaper PDFs are available on this website by clicking the links below or on the left of this page.
The AUL State Supreme Court Project is just one way that Americans United for Life is preparing for the day after Roe. We invite you to explore our main website, AUL.org, for more information on our work.