Every four years, Christian people in this nation are stampeded into voting for the Republican presidential candidate based on the mantra – “whoever is elected President will appoint Supreme Court justices!” Republicans insist that we must vote for their presidential candidate in order to insure that liberal justices are not appointed to the Supreme Court.
The historical facts however, show that their assertion is absolutely false. We believe it is time for this charade to be brought to an end and let the facts speak for themselves.
Stenberg v. Carhart
In the year 2000, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned Nebraska’s
‘partial birth abortion ban’ declaring it ‘unconstitutional.’ (3 of the 5 justices who overturned the ban were Republican-appointed)
National Organization for Women v. Scheidler
In 1994, the Supreme Court upheld without comment a lower court ruling allowing the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations act to be used against pro-life organizations. (unanimous decision and 7 of the 9 justices were Republican-appointed)
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey
In 1992, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court strikes down laws which would have greatly damaged Roe v. Wade and affirms a woman’s “right” to abortion. (all 5 of the justices are Republican-appointed)
Roe v. Wade has been upheld by a majority of Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices for the last 32 years! This should not surprise us however, given the fact that it was a majority of Republican-appointed justices which gave us Roe v. Wade to begin with back in 1973! Six of the seven justices which voted in support of Roe v. Wade were appointed by Republican presidents!
Since the Roe. v. Wade decision, Republican-appointed justices have always been in the majority by a margin of at least 7-2. Currently, 7 of the 9 justices are Republican-appointed. Which begs the question, “How many Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices does it take to overturn Roe v. Wade?”
Remember also, it was a Republican-appointed majority Court which banned school prayer in the 60’s; which opened the floodgates of pornography in the 70’s; and which declared anti-sodomy laws ‘unconstitutional’ just a year and a half ago.