Pro-Life This Week – September 25, 2020
Week in Review – A new Supreme Court Justice—pro-life or pro-death?
The biggest news affecting the pro-life movement this week is the death of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg. May God have mercy on her soul.
Justice Ginsburg was adamantly pro-abortion. Even more, there is evidence that Ginsburg understood abortion as a means to weed out undesirables in our population. As author George Weigel noted: “In a New York Times Magazine interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg … in the course of relating her surprise at the Court’s 1980 decision upholding the Hyde Amendment (which banned federal funding for abortion), Justice Ginsburg had the following to say about legal history, social policy, and political surprises: ‘Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding of abortion.’”
Although Ginsburg did make some surprise rulings against pro-abortion groups (e.g., NOW), she was a sure vote for the pro-abortion lobby whenever the case had anything to do with trying to reduce abortions in this country. Her death will now give President Trump an opportunity to name a third justice to the Supreme Court.
There has been a lot of discussion about when Trump might name a nominee and when the Senate might take a confirmation vote. Trump has announced that he expects to name a nominee tomorrow—Saturday, September 26. He is expected to nominate a conservative pro-life woman.
The question of the timing of a Senate vote is a bit volatile. Four years ago, in an election year, when there was a Democrat president and a Republican-controlled Senate, Justice Scalia died. Obama named a candidate to replace Scalia, but Senator McConnell—leader of the Republican controlled Senate—said that there would be no vote until after a new president was inaugurated in January.
The Democrats are insisting that the same rationale be used now. However, the situation is different. In 2016, there was a Democrat president and a Republican Senate. This time, there is both a Republican president and a Republican Senate.
Influential Republican senator, Mitt Romney, announced on this past Tuesday that he will support the Senate voting on a new presidential nominee. According to Politico,
Romney said he was merely following the law in making his decision to allow consideration of Trump’s nominee rather than taking a position based on the recent blockade of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, during the 2016 election. Because the opposition party controlled the Senate in 2016, Romney said, Democrats’ arguments about that move being unfair did not weigh on his decision regarding Ginsburg’s replacement.
Because the president’s party controls the Senate this time around, Romney said it was reasonable for the GOP to move forward in considering Trump’s nominee in 2020.
“It wasn’t unfair because it was consistent with history. It was consistent with precedent, it was consistent with the Constitution,” Romney told reporters. “That the Merrick Garland decision was unfair, and so therefore it has to be made up by doing something which also wouldn’t make a lot of sense — which is saying to President Trump you can’t get your nominee, either — that just doesn’t follow.”
There are 53 Republican senators. Four of those senators would have to vote against the nominee to defeat the nomination. So far, only two have opposed an immediate vote; they are Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine. Both are long-time supporters of racist Planned Parenthood and abortion.
Of course, it is always possible that some Democratic senators will also vote for a well-qualified nominee. That would make confirmation much easier to attain.
There is an additional consideration. The 2000 presidential election came down to the vote count in the state of Florida. After election night, the vote count showed that George W. Bush had won over Al Gore. But the vote was so close, state law required a recount. A month-long series of legal battles led to a highly controversial 5–4 Supreme Court decision, Bush v. Gore, which ended the recount. Bush won Florida by 537 votes and became president.
With Ginsburg’s death, there are now just eight justices on the Supreme Court. There is fear that any legal challenge to the election could end in a 4-4 Supreme Court deadlock. Thus, there is growing pressure to nominate and confirm a new justice before the election.
ALL in the News – ALL Reaches over 30 Thousand Online; ‘Friday Live’ Show Engages a Younger Audience
In the last few months, American Life League has received over 30 thousand new “likes” on Facebook. This new attention to ALL’s material has boosted not only social media views, but website views as well, introducing life-saving material to over 30 thousand new followers.
Every Friday afternoon, the American Life League social media team, Dwain Currier and Katie Brown, host the “Friday Live Show” on Instagram Live. Last Friday, the duo discussed reasons why assisted suicide should be part of the on-going discussion between teens and their parents as it pertains to the culture of death. This week’s show will premiere this afternoon on American Life League’s Instagram account. Replays of the show can be found on Facebook.
This week, American Life League vice president Hugh Brown was interviewed by political commentator and former presidential candidate Alan Keyes. The pair had a passionate discussion about the current political climate in America as it pertains to the upcoming election and the to-be-determined SCOTUS nominee. The interview will appear on the show “Let’s Talk America with Alan Keyes”.
Judie Brown’s bi-weekly commentaries were each distributed to an expansive media list this week. The list contains numerous media outlets such as Fox News, The Federalist, Breitbart, among others. Each commentary is featured as a part of Judie’s recurring column on Renew America.
Jim Sedlak’s Pro-Life Activism from Creation to Death is a weekly talk-radio program on the Radio Maria USA network. The show can be heard live every Friday at noon (Eastern Time) and is repeated on Saturdays (10 PM).
Video of the Week – Planned Parenthood and its forgotten-about history of being a nefarious organization on Pro-Life Berks
You won’t find anyone with greater knowledge of Planned Parenthood than ALL’s executive director, Jim Sedlak. Jim recently appeared as a guest on Pro-Life Berks community television program to explain Planned Parenthood’s racism—past and present.
Action Item of the Week – Pro-Life Court Coalition
With the death of Justice Ginsburg (see the Week in Review section of this newsletter), major pro-life organizations across the country (including American Life League) have reactivated the Pro-Life Court coalition (prolifecourt.com). The Coalition was last active during the successful confirmation process of, now, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The purpose of the Coalition is to support President Trump’s pro-life nominee and to provide a website where like-minded pro-life individuals and groups can work together to secure confirmation of the candidate.
It is important for all pro-life groups to understand that this process is NOT an election. There are no restrictions on the activities of 501-c-3 groups to educate our elected officials on the need to confirm a worthy pro-life nominee by name.
We ask you to do everything you can on social media and when talking with family and friends to motivate everyone to contact their two United States senators. Tell them to vote to confirm whichever pro-life judge Trump nominates.
We can, of course, tell you more about the candidate after Trump reveals her name on Saturday (Trump has said he will choose a woman). By Sunday, you should be able to go to the Pro-Life Coalition website and get a great deal of information.
If the Senate is going to get this done before the election, they probably have only about 30 days to act. And, of course, they will be trying to do this while the pro-abortion members of Congress try every trick in the book to block the nomination vote.
Now is the time to speak out. God and His preborn children will be thankful.
Pro-life Social Media – DoYourJob: 2016 vs. 2020
The privilege to kill preborn human children in the name of “equality” is sacrosanct to abortion organizations and its supporters. Any attempt to dismantle decades of court-ordered institutionalized violence will be met with violence, particularly if President Trump and Senate Republicans fill the SCOTUS seat once occupied by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
In 2016, these same advocates were all in favor of “jamming through” a judicial nominee. They manufactured a #DoYourJob hashtag campaign directed at Republican Senators who chose to postpone confirmations until after the presidential election.
Even Ginsburg and Obama agreed that nine justices were essential.
Now that a Republican president and a Republican Senate hold the power to fill the seat, these hashtags are nowhere to be found on a feminist’s Twitter timeline. Abortion groups and their feminist puppets love principles as much as they love preborn children. They’re good for pushing your agenda. Once they’ve served your purpose, pitch them in the trash.