This former anti-abortion activist believes Alito used his rhetoric in Dobbs ruling

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For many years, the Rev. Rob Schenck was a prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement and led Faith and Action, a Christian Right organization that lobbied members of Congress and set out to influence the U.S. Supreme Court. But Schenck later changed his mind about outlawing abortion, realizing that making abortion illegal would do more hard than good.

Faith and Action, now Faith & Liberty, spent decades pushing for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, and they finally got their way on June 24, 2022 — when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe with its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. And Schenck believes that Justice Samuel Alito used some of his old anti-Roe arguments in the decision.

During a podcast posted on July 16 by the Interfaith Alliance, Schenck told Rabbi Jack Moline, “I can say with a certain level of certainty: I don’t think we would have gotten the decision as it is worded from Justice Alito without the work we did.”

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It wasn’t something that he was bragging about. As aggressively as Schenck railed against abortion during the 1980s and 1990s, he later came out against the anti-abortion movement in a big way.

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