Par for the Courts, Says GOP
Republicans aren’t breaking the rules on Supreme Court nominees. They’re simply playing by the Democrats’. For years, the president’s party has insisted a vacancy on the Court should go unfilled in an election year — until now, when a Democrat has a chance to fill one. Suddenly, Senate liberals have had a change of heart, insisting all of the comments they made in the majority were somehow misinterpreted. So far, the only thing that’s been misinterpreted is the strength of the GOP’s stance.
Within hours of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear the Republicans would heed the president’s advice from his Senate days. “There are some who believe that the president, having won the election, should have complete authority to appoint his nominee…” then-Senator Obama protested. “I disagree with this view.” Now, squirming under the scrutiny of their own previous statements, Democrats are doing whatever they can to discredit a position they all held under George W. Bush.
Left with few alternatives, President Obama tried to break through the GOP’s resolve with a special meeting at the White House earlier today. Obviously, the situation must be pretty desperate if the president is willing to meet with Congress, a body he hasn’t had much use for in his seven years of lawlessness.
Like Senator McConnell, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned in advance that the meeting had little chance of softening Republicans’ view. “We will reiterate that the American people will have a voice in the vacancy on the Supreme Court as they choose the next president,” the chairman of the Judiciary Committee said. “In other words, we’ll observe the Biden Rule,” he told reporters, referring to the vice president’s decision to block any Supreme Court nominees when he served as Senate Judiciary Chair. “The American people deserve the opportunity during this election year to weigh in on whether the next justice should apply the text and original meaning of the Constitution, or, alternatively, his or her own life experiences to changing times to advance his or her own sense of what would be ‘just decisions and fair outcomes.'”
One of those just decisions will be debated tomorrow in one of the largest abortion cases before the Supreme Court in 25 years. Without Justice Scalia, the remaining eight members of the Court will hear oral arguments on Texas’s common sense law to protect women from monsters like Kermit Gosnell, whose office looked more like a combat zone than an abortion clinic.
Under H.B. 2, which was upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas simply asked abortion facilities to comply with the same safety standards as surgical centers — like wider hallways for emergency gurneys, for example. Abortionists would also have to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case of emergency. Nothing about the law should be controversial for a movement that insists it cares about women.
Unfortunately, these clinics would rather make money than spend any on state-of-the-art care for mothers. Groups like Planned Parenthood have complained that the law forces some clinics to shut down, which is ridiculous. All these centers have to do to stay open is make some much-needed improvements to their offices. Of course, with the wave of pro-life legislation like this one sweeping the country, the fate of several state laws hinge on what happens in the Court. Without Justice Scalia, if there is a 4-4 tie on the case, the 5th Circuit’s ruling in favor of Texas would stand.
We were joined at the news conference by pro-life leaders from the Justice Foundation, Texas Values and representatives of more than 3,300 women injured by abortion. Each speaker addressed the horrific lack of health and safety standards that are leading to death, disease, and depression in states without protections like Texas’s. Led by the Justice Foundation, these testimonies were filed in a special amicus brief before the Supreme Court. Based on their own testimonies, 210 Texas women must be hospitalized for botched abortions or abortion complications every year — proving the absolute necessities of laws like H.B. 2. To hear some of these harrowing stories H.B. 2 would help prevent, watch the video of today’s event here.
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