News It’s the Beginning of the End…
posted by April 18 at 7:46 AMon
The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long-awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.
The 5-4 ruling said the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in 2003 does not violate a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.
The opponents of the act “have not demonstrated that the Act would be unconstitutional in a large fraction of relevant cases,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. The decision pitted the court’s conservatives against its liberals, with President Bush’s two appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, siding with the majority.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion—which is going to make some heads explode on the radical right and the liberal left. Religious conservatives loathe Kennedy for authoring the courts 1996 decision invalidating a Colorado constitutional amendment that barred gays and lesbians from any anti-discrimination protections; he also wrote the majority decision in 2003 overturning all anti-sodomy laws in the United States. Religious conservatives were talking about impeaching Kennedy—a Reagan appointee—over those decisions. After today’s decision all is no doubt forgiven.
One of the liberals “pitted against” the conservative majority on the court—John Paul Stevens—turns 87 on April 20th. George W. Bush has 642 days left in office. Pray for Stevens. Another Bush appointment to the US Supreme Court would be a disaster for women, gays, minorities, prisoners, “enemy combatants,” and the environment.
In addition to praying for Stevens, anyone that cares about the rights of women, gays, minorities, etc., needs to register to vote, get behind a Democratic candidate, write checks, support the Democratic nominee whoever that person is, vote next November and make sure all your friends do the same. No pouting if your preferred candidate doesn’t get the nomination. And no squandering votes on third-party candidates.