December 1, 2021 : By Office of Communications & Public Engagement
On Wednesday morning, close to 1,000 Liberty University students gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court steps in Washington, D.C., to pray for the justices as oral arguments began in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the most significant abortion case in decades.
The case centers on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks and is a direct challenge to the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. A decision is expected in June. There are likely three possible outcomes: The Court can strike down the Mississippi abortion law; the Court can uphold the Mississippi abortion law while still maintaining Roe; or the Court can uphold the Mississippi abortion law and overturn Roe altogether.
“Liberty University students were able to take part in praying at our nation’s capital for one of the most important Supreme Court cases in our nation’s history,” said Liberty President Jerry Prevo, who joined the students at the prayer rally. “I’m beyond grateful for the overwhelming response of our Liberty student body who are defining what it means to be Champions for Christ as the pro-life generation.”
After boarding 21 buses on campus at 4 a.m., students arrived at Union Station and walked to the U.S. Capitol Building, where Prevo addressed the crowd.
“This, of course, could be a historical day,” he told them. “We will not hear the results from it until the summer, but we are praying that we get a good report from the Supreme Court.”
“This is an opportunity to potentially be a turning point in moving the Roe-Doe regime, weakening (Planned Parenthood v.) Casey, and making it an end of the Roe-Doe regime, eventually,” Tan said.
The comments were filmed and shown during Convocation in the Vines Center, where the student body joined in prayer, led by Prevo, asking that God would empower the justices to speak boldly in defense of the unborn.
The group then continued to the Supreme Court steps. While pro-choice supporters were also there in large numbers, Liberty students focused on being a positive light and example of godly boldness, praying in groups while also singing hymns and worship songs between prayers.
“This is an incredibly powerful event, and I’m so blessed to be here and to be a part of a university that values the right to life,” freshman Joy Epperson said. “It’s really awesome to see all of the people here who are for pro-life, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this. I feel confident (in a positive case outcome), and I know it’s in God’s hands.”
“It’s so important for Liberty to be here,” senior Maggie Donica added, “to represent not only conservatives but (also) Christians and show that Christian conservatives care about this issue and that it is important to us because it is important to God.”
The trip was sponsored by Concerned Women for America in partnership with Liberty’s Standing for Freedom Center. Students also heard from CWA President and CEO Penny Nance, a 1988 Liberty alumna and current member of Liberty’s Board of Trustees.