22 Sep

Lindsey Graham: Republicans Have Votes to Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Before Election

via LifeNews.com September 22, 2020 at 09:14AM

Senator Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Republicans have the votes to confirm President Donald trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the November presidential election.

“We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” he said on Fox News late Monday. “We’re going to move forward in the committee.”

Graham said he would not let Democrat bullying over the timetable and process of confirming a nominee so close to the election dictate his actions, and indicated the Democrats relentless attacks over Brett Kavanaugh changed his thinking.

“After Kavanaugh, everything changed with me. They’re not going to intimidate me, Mitch McConnell or anybody else,” he said.

Democrats, as well as GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, say any vote should wait until after the election but other Republicans say there is no reason to wait and indicate that the high court is starting a new term with important cases that should have all 9 justices considering the merits. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah has not indicated whether he will vote on a nominee but Republications control the Senate 53-47 and can afford to lose three votes and still have Vice President Mike Pence break any possible tie.

President Donald Trump said on Monday that he will nominate a new Supreme Court justice on Friday or Saturday and that his nominee will be someone who would “abide by the Constitution.” The president said he wanted to wait until after the late pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s funeral.

During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said that the final Senate vote for his potential nominee should be taken “before the election” and “should go very quickly.”

“The bottom line is we won the election, we have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible,” Trump said.

“I think it will be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect, it looks like we will have services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think we should, with all due respect for Justice Ginsburg, wait for services to be over,” the president said.

Trump is reportedly looking at a female nominee to replace Ginsburg and reports indicate potential nominees include Judge Amy Coney Barrett from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Barbara Logoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

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Trump touted the list of potential picks, calling them “excellent,” and “all very smart.”

“These are the smartest people, the smartest young people, you like to go young, because they’re there for a long time,” Trump said, adding that his nominee would “abide by the Constitution,” be a “good person” and have “very, very high moral values.”

“No matter how you would look at it, these are the finest people in the nation—young people, pretty young for the most part,” the president said.

Barrett is 48, Lagoa is 52, and Rushing is 38 — all three would have lengthy terms on the nation’s highest court and their impact on abortion and other key pro-life issues would be felt for decades.

Senator Ted Cruz is urging President Donald Trump to name a Supreme Court nominee who stands up for the Constitution. Meanwhile, Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley says he will not vote for any Supreme Court nominee who is not pro-life in that they believe Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.

His comments come after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s, as he said directly on Friday night after Justice Ruth Ginsburg passed away that President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court will receive a vote in the Senate.

McConnell says that nominee “will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

“The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life,” McConnell said in a statement Friday.

“In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise,” McConnell continued. “Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.”

McConnell added that “by contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary.”

“Once again, we will keep our promise,” he said. “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.”

However, Lisa Murkowski, one of the two pro-abortion Republicans in the United States Senate refuses to vote on any possible Supreme Court nominee until after the inauguration of the next president in January.

“When Republicans held off Merrick Garland because nine months prior to the election was too close, we needed to let the people decide,” Murkowski said in August, according to The Hill. “And I agreed to do that. If we say now that months prior to the election is OK when nine months is not, that is a double standard and I don’t believe we should do it.”

Murkowski also commented on the issue Friday afternoon only hours before Ginsburg’s death, echoing her previous stance.

“Fair is fair,” she said.

Should President Trump be able to name a replacement, the new SCOTUS justice will likely be someone who upholds the rule of law and isn’t willing to go along with left-wing judicial activism. That would make it much easier to uphold pro-life legislation saving babies from abortion — and could realistically make it possible to envision the overturning of Roe v. Wade and its allowance for abortion on demand.

Just 9 days ago President Trump released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees from which he would nominate any future judges on the nation’s highest court if he is re-elected to a second term. The list includes the kind of conservative jurists pro-life groups support because they have a history of upholding pro-life legislation or following the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.

Ginsburg, an idol of abortion activists, has has ruled against rights and protections for unborn babies. She also has made some discriminatory statements that are reflective of the old eugenics thinking rooted in abortion activism.

In 2019, for example, when she accepted the Berggruen Prize, she brought up poor women as a reason for her support of abortion:

Ginsburg noted that poor women are the only people being affected by lack of access to abortion.

“One of the things that happened after Roe v. Wade is that women wanted to be able to control their own destiny. They won, so they retreated. And the other side geared up, and we have the situation that we have today,” Ginsburg said. “[People should] care about it the way they did when many women didn’t have access, didn’t have the right to choose. It is so obvious that the only people restricted are poor women. One day, I think people will wake up to that reality.”

Though abortion activists portray such talk as sympathetic, their solution is not to help struggling women out of poverty but to abort their unborn babies.

In 2009, Ginsburg caused a stir when she made comments about Roe v. Wade that also hinted at eugenics.

“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,” Ginsburg told the New York Times.

Then, in 2014, she told Elle magazine something similar, “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”

Ginsburg consistently rules against all abortion regulations and restrictions that reach the high court.

In 2016, she was one of the five justices who sided with abortion activists in the decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down Texas abortion clinic regulations that protected women’s health and safety. Ginsburg and four other justices ruled that these safety regulations were an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion.

She also sided with the Obama administration in trying to force nuns with the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for drugs that may cause abortions in their employee health care plans.

After a majority of the high court justices sided with Hobby Lobby in a similar case, Ginsburg accused them of being sexist. In an interview with pro-abortion media icon Katie Couric, Ginsburg lashed out at her colleagues and claimed they have a “blind spot” towards women because they decided that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for drugs that may cause abortions for their employees.

Last year, Ginsburg criticized fellow Justice Clarence Thomas for referring to women who have abortions as “mothers.”

And in October, former President Bill Clinton admitted that abortion was a major factor in his decision to nominate Ginsburg to the U.S. Supreme Court.

12 Sep

President Trump Releases List of Potential Supreme Court Nominees Filled With Pro-Life Rock Stars

via LifeNews.com September 9, 2020 at 04:10PM

President Donald Trump today released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees from which he would nominate any future judges on the nation’s highest court if he is re-elected to a second term. The list includes the kind of conservative jurists pro-life groups support because they have a history of upholding pro-life legislation or following the rule of law rather than legislating from the bench.

During his campaign in 2016, Trump released a similar well-received list that remind pro-life voters about the importance of judges in the presidential election and how the Supreme Court has kept virtually unlimited abortions in place since 1973. Trump eventually nominated Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch from that list.

“What has always made America exceptions has been our reverence for the rule of law,” Trump said during a speech announcing the list. “Unfortunately there is a growing radical left movement” that rejects it.

He condemned Democrats, who want to put judges on the nation’s highest court who would force Americans to fund late-term abortions. “Our right to life” is at risk, he said.

Trump released the names of 20 additional judges that he is adding to his original list that he announced in 2016. Some of those names include Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley, each of whom are strongly pro-life and have long pro-life voting records. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is a very strong pro-life advocate, is another name added to the list.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is still at the top of the list along with Judge Amul Thapar and pro-life Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

President Trump’s Additional Supreme Court Candidates:

Bridget Bade, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Daniel Cameron, 51st Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Tom Cotton, U.S. Senator from Arkansas
Paul Clement, partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas
Stuart Kyle Duncan, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Steven Engel, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice
Noel Francisco, former Solicitor General of the United States
Josh Hawley, U.S. Senator from Missouri
James Ho, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Gregory Katsas, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Barbara Lagoa, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Christopher Landau, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the United Mexican States
Carlos Muñiz, Justice on the Supreme Court of Florida
Martha Pacold, Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Peter Phipps, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Sarah Pitlyk, Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Allison Jones Rushing, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Kate Todd, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President
Lawrence VanDyke, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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Cotton said in a statement that he was “honored” by the selection, adding that he believes “the Supreme Court could use some more justices who understand the difference between applying the law and making the law, which the court does when it invents a right to an abortion, infringes on religious freedom, and erodes the Second Amendment.”

Cruz said in a statement that he is “grateful for the president’s confidence in me and for his leadership in nominating principled constitutionalists to the federal bench.”

A leading pro-life group praised the president for his news list of potential Supreme Court appointees.

“President Trump’s latest Supreme Court list is filled with all-stars. The list reflects the president’s firm and proven commitment to only nominating Supreme Court justices who will respect the Constitution and the inalienable right to life,” SBA List president Marjorie Dannanfelser told LifeNews.com. “We are confident that if a Supreme Court vacancy occurs in 2020 that President Trump and our pro-life Senate majority led by Leader McConnell and Judiciary Chairman Graham will move swiftly to fill it.”

“In contrast to President Trump, Joe Biden will only nominate Supreme Court justices who will uphold the Roe regime that allows for abortion on demand through birth,” she added. “The issue of the Supreme Court continues to highly motivate our base and we are seeing it persuade targeted voters at their doorsteps in presidential and Senate battlegrounds. It is a central issue in emphasizing that the 2020 election is the most important of our lifetimes and is why SBA List is committed to educating seven million voters across key presidential and Senate battlegrounds.”

12 Sep

Pro-Life Group Backs President Trump: “He is a Proven Champion for Life”

via LifeNews.com September 8, 2020 at 05:11PM

President Donald J. Trump has issued a letter promising to “fully defund” Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, should he win re-election in November.

In the letter, released through Pro-Life Voices for Trump on September 3, 2020, President Trump also promised to continue the process of transforming the federal judiciary by appointing conservative justices “who will respect the Constitution and not legislate abortion from the bench.”

“With your help, I will win re-election, ensuring we have another four years to fight in the trenches for unborn children and their mothers,” wrote President Trump.

“President Trump is all about ‘Promises made. Promises Kept.’ He is a proven champion for life.  A second term for him could spell the end of the Abortion Cartel in America,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “On the other hand, the Biden/Harris campaign is the most pro-abortion in history and would be a disaster for the unborn and for America as a whole.”

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Another big promise made by President Trump is to overcome the filibusters in Congress that are preventing the passage of pro-life legislation that would begin to limit abortion and save lives.

“This November, we must vote pro-life up and down the ballot.  We must defeat those in Congress and the Senate that support abortion and are standing as roadblocks against efforts — supported by President Trump — to end the barbaric practice of abortion,” said Newman. “Never has there been an election that is so important to our fight for Life. Please support Trump’s re-election for the sake of millions of innocent lives yet to be conceived. Their fate is in our hands.”

12 Sep

Pro-Life Group Backs President Trump: “He is a Proven Champion for Life”

via LifeNews.com September 8, 2020 at 05:11PM

President Donald J. Trump has issued a letter promising to “fully defund” Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, should he win re-election in November.

In the letter, released through Pro-Life Voices for Trump on September 3, 2020, President Trump also promised to continue the process of transforming the federal judiciary by appointing conservative justices “who will respect the Constitution and not legislate abortion from the bench.”

“With your help, I will win re-election, ensuring we have another four years to fight in the trenches for unborn children and their mothers,” wrote President Trump.

“President Trump is all about ‘Promises made. Promises Kept.’ He is a proven champion for life.  A second term for him could spell the end of the Abortion Cartel in America,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “On the other hand, the Biden/Harris campaign is the most pro-abortion in history and would be a disaster for the unborn and for America as a whole.”

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Another big promise made by President Trump is to overcome the filibusters in Congress that are preventing the passage of pro-life legislation that would begin to limit abortion and save lives.

“This November, we must vote pro-life up and down the ballot.  We must defeat those in Congress and the Senate that support abortion and are standing as roadblocks against efforts — supported by President Trump — to end the barbaric practice of abortion,” said Newman. “Never has there been an election that is so important to our fight for Life. Please support Trump’s re-election for the sake of millions of innocent lives yet to be conceived. Their fate is in our hands.”

12 Sep

Pro-Life Group: President Trump is a “Stark Contrast” to Joe Biden’s “Abortion Extremism”

via LifeNews.com September 8, 2020 at 11:10AM

The pro-life group Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has welcomed the pledge given by President Trump to “fully defund the big abortion industry”, including Planned Parenthood, if he is re-elected this November. President Trump sent a letter to pro-life leaders and activists in the USA setting out his commitment to defeat abortion.

Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications, said: “Abortion is becoming a significant battleground in 2020 as pro-life President Trump offers a stark contrast to the abortion ‘extremism’ of his opponents Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris and a Democratic Party that supports abortion-on-demand, and even abortion at the point of birth. The President’s pledge to fully defund Planned Parenthood, a vow that underlines his pro-life credentials, is a welcome step towards a pro-life America that rejects the mass death of millions of unborn children.”

In the letter, President Trump referred to himself as “the most pro-life president” in the USA’s history.

Citing several pro-life achievements during his term of office so far, such as withholding taxpayer funding of the abortion industry, President Trump pledged to continue “to fight in the trenches for unborn children and their mothers” and “fully defund” pro-abortion giant Planned Parenthood if he is re-elected this November.

“Forcing taxpayers to pay for abortions is an abhorrent position that must be defeated at the ballot box”, he said. “I urge every pro-life American to join this effort and do your part to defeat abortion extremism this November… We can score a major, historic victory for unborn children and their mothers.”

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Planned Parenthood

The pledge follows an appearance by Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist, at the 2020 Republican National Convention last month, when she spoke out against her past employer.

Johnson described one occasion when, assisting with an ultrasound-guided abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic, the “barbarity” of abortion was made clear to her: “Nothing prepared me for what I saw on the screen: an unborn baby fighting back, desperate to move away from the suction… The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb before succumbing to the force of the suction.”

Recently, former clinic manager Ramona Treviño also denounced Planned Parenthood, particularly its “contraceptive mentality”, which “creates a market for abortion by promoting promiscuity”, specifically among the young.

Trump Vs Biden

“As I seek re-election this November, I need your help in contrasting my bold pro-life leadership with Joe Biden’s abortion extremism”, President Trump said in his letter.

President Trump’s message to pro-lifers in the USA follows Joe Biden’s appointment of Senator Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate in the upcoming U.S. election, scheduled to take place on 3 November 2020. Senator Harris has close ties to Planned Parenthood and an “extreme” pro-abortion record, as reported by SPUC.

LifeNews Note: Courtesy of SPUC. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is a leading pro-life organziation in the United Kingdom.\