Settled Law?

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From Mark Crutcher at Life Dynamics:

“This weekend, the rabid pro-abortion senator from Maine, Susan Collins, said that she would not support a nominee to the Supreme Court who is ‘hostile’ to abortion rights because ‘that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law.’

“Her argument is that abortion is not even open to discussion since it is ‘settled law.’ From this, we can conclude that, had she been a senator in 1860, she would have voted against any nominee to the Court who was hostile to the right to own slaves. We can also reasonably assume she would have opposed any nominee to the Court who, in the 1900s, supported women’s suffrage. After all, male-only voting had been ‘settled law’ for over 100 years.

“Here is a news flash for you Susan Collins. The Supreme Court is not infallible and, in fact, it has a long history of discovering that some of its prior rulings were wrong. So despite all your noble-sounding gibberish about ‘judicial philosophy’ and ‘respect for established decisions,’ the fact is that you know legalized abortion cannot be defended, and this ‘settled law’ nonsense is just your shabby way of deflecting the public’s attention so you don’t have to defend it.”

What do Americans think?

Polling data from a variety of organizations consistently shows that a majority of Americans would allow abortions in no or only in a few circumstances. This has been true for the thirty-plus years I’ve been reading abortion polls.

Gallup’s June 2018 poll showed 19% currently favor “illegal without exceptions,” with men and women equally represented.

When the “few” category is broken down by the pollsters, supporters divide over supporting only the so-called “hard cases” (rape, incest, life of mother) or also allowing first trimester abortions. In every poll, the Democrat Party’s position — i.e., on demand, at any time, for any reason, paid for by taxpayers — is supported by a minority, usually in the 30 percent range.

While support for “always” has been consistently higher than for “never”, the reality is that Roe and Doe have made “always” the law of the land.

Let us pray that Kavanaugh gets confirmed so we can roll back this civil rights travesty and let voters get back to deciding when the unborn deserve protection as persons under the law.


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