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On Saturday, February 13th the United States learned of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In the days that followed, the nation mourned the enormous loss of this man, not only to his family and friends but also to our country.
It was the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1973, that in the now infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions created a so-called constitutional “right” to abortion without restrictions. In 1992, a slightly different makeup of the Supreme Court upset pro-abortion forces by allowing for minimal restrictions on abortion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
While Planned Parenthood v. Casey was a small step forward for the unborn, it set up a system whereby the Supreme Court began usurping the role of federal and state elected bodies legislatures. Justice Scalia understood that legislating was not the role of the courts. In recent years, state legislatures have passed many pro-life bills – such as parental consent/notification and informed consent laws protecting women and children. Such laws are now threatened by judges acting as legislators instead of constitutional arbiters.
Pro-abortion advocates such as President Obama aim to undo the pro-life state laws that have been passed since Roe. In order to accomplish this, President Obama has said that he will nominate a liberal to the Supreme Court.
After news broke of Justice Scalia’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) released statements defending the rights of all Americans.
In the words of Sen. Grassley: "The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year. Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this President, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”
There is much at stake with the future of the Supreme Court, and Congress will be pressured to give in to President Obama. However, opposing any nominee the President puts forth during this last year of his administration has historical support from both sides of the political aisle.