A few weekends ago, The Adoption Law Firm’s Associate Attorney, Sarah Phillips, attended the National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, DC. Attorney Phillips shares her experience – in her own words:
It was incredible. I was left with a clear message: There’s still work to do.
Saturday, January 22, 2022, marked the 49th anniversary of the radical Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. The day before, thousands of pro-life advocates rallied on the national mall, under the Washington Monument, and marched down Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court to express their indignation at the injustice that is carried out in our nation every day. On Saturday, Students for Life and The Heritage Foundation, among many other organizations, sponsored and organized the second annual National Pro-Life Summit. The Summit focused on equipping pro-lifers to advocate more effectively, and amazing speakers and leaders showed up to offer their wisdom and instruction. The line-up included Mike Pence, the morning’s keynote speaker, and Michael Knowles, the afternoon keynote. Dr. Alveda King, Liz Wheeler, Trent Horn, Kristan Hawkins, Cissie Graham Lynch, Dr. Kevin Roberts, and many others spoke throughout day.
This year, there is a new buzz and energy in the pro-life movement. It is sparked by the Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, currently being decided by the Court. Oral arguments were held last month, and, for the first time in decades, there is a real possibility that the Supreme Court might overturn Roe. More on that later.
The possibility sparks a question though: What does a post-Roe America look like? For the first time in so long, we are close to a real victory on the pro-life front; what do we do if it’s achieved? What’s next? The Summit was preoccupied with this question.
The answer: we keep working. As Rachel Bovard, from the Conservative Partnership Institute, put it, our efforts must be “sustained and relentless.” We must understand what a reversal of Roe means. It doesn’t make abortion illegal overnight. It merely puts the issue back in the states’ hands. Instead of one huge battle centered around Roe, we’ll have fifty battles raging simultaneously. Thus, the question might be coming to your town soon.
But, while the preborn are often at the forefront of our thoughts, they are not the only victims in the war on life. As Dr. Alveda King put it, “womb to tomb” doesn’t mean we just care about the preborn. We care about their parents, and their grandparents.
Foster kids. It’s one of the reasons we do what we do at The Adoption Law Firm. Foster and adoptive parents are those that respond to the calling to help the weakest in our society, and we seek to support them. Right now, the focus of the pro-life movement is the preborn because, right now, it is legal to systematically murder them. But, even in a post-Roe America, the fight won’t be over – there will still be work to be done, laws to be made, and children to save.
There is an attempt to demoralize the pro-life movement, to spread the narrative that the younger generations are devoted only to autonomy and choice. But it’s not the whole story. I witnessed thousands of college students, high school students, and even middle school students show up and advocate for truth, life, and justice. And these young people are on fire, having real conversations with their peers and advocating in their communities. If you’re interested in joining them, do something. Find a local pregnancy center to support. Foster. Adopt. Advocate. Defend life. “Womb to tomb.”
Attorney Sarah Phillips graduated from Liberty University School of Law in May of 2021 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in History and Legal Studies, while receiving the honor of studying with the Scholarship and Christianity Program in Oxford, U.K., and the American Studies Program in Washington, D.C..
While attending Liberty University School of Law, Attorney Phillips clerked with the Alabama Supreme Court, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. Additionally, Attorney Phillips’ experience extends into the Legislative Branch with a prestigious internship alongside Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Washington, D.C.
After taking the Alabama Bar, Attorney Phillips immediately went to work helping families navigate the complex waters of adoption.