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The Battle for The Judiciary
posted by Smith at November 11, 2004 05:36 PM
A little over thirty years ago, the pro-abortionists in this country took their battle against the life of the unborn to the courts. This was a smart move considering an abortion law would have never passed, and has given them what they wanted these past three decades. While pro-lifers may have dreams of a constitutional amendment or a societal change, the most realistic and obvious means with which to stop abortion is in the courts. This, too, seems near impossible when you consider what we’re up against – an infestation of our highest courts with judges that are out to rewrite our laws and the constitution itself. However, we’re at a unique time in our history. We have a pro-life president, and we have several key judicial figures that are set to retire in the very near future. Here’s our chance.
With the re-election of George W. Bush, and the strengthening of the Republican presence in both the house and senate, pro-lifers seem poised, licking their chops at the prospects of bringing justice to the unborn in the not too distant future. Still, only a few days after the election we are already finding some stumbling blocks. Pro-abortion Republican Senator Arlen Specter has recently voiced his opinion that justices who would overturn Roe v Wade would not be confirmed in the senate. This is all fine and good, but not when you consider Senator Specter is about to be appointed as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee – the first line of offense against Bush’s judicial appointments.
In the midst of this, however, is some uplifting news.
Angry conservatives flooded Senate phone and fax lines on Friday demanding that Republicans prevent Senator Arlen Specter from presiding over the Judiciary Committee after he remarked that strongly anti-abortion judicial nominees might be rejected in the Senate.This may seem trivial because of Specter’s backpedaling and assurances that he would not stand in the way of Bush’s appointments and the fact that he’ll probably get the post anyway. What is significant here is that a direct response from pro-lifers out there had a direct impact on these proceedings. As an immediate response to the calls and emails and outcry no longer was his chairmanship a “certainty.” Personally, I think this is huge. It’s inspiring. Sometimes it feels like our voices aren’t heard by a public that demonizes our views, but to hear the volume and effect of what like-minded individuals can achieve is reassuring to say the least. It serves as an example – one of many – showing us that what we’re doing here, though often derided by our university peers, can and will have an impact. Maybe it will just change one or two minds, or stop one or two abortions, but I think we can be certain it will do something.
Republican lawmakers and top Senate aides, speaking privately for the most part, said the uproar from the right was becoming an impediment for Mr. Specter, a Pennsylvania lawmaker who has coveted the chairmanship. They said while it was likely he would still get the post, it was no longer a certainty.
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