With the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, both political parties know that a conservative replacement would be enough to overwhelm the liberal alliance of the court and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in 1973. There is no doubt this issue is unique as many Americans consider abortion a moral priority. Why is this appointment so crucial? A conservative court could very well decide that the abortion precedents used in Roe and, as Justice Clarence Thomas argues, “are grievously wrong.” How could the Roe decision be unconstitutional?
History shows that the court is not perfect or infallible. Some of its decisions have been reversed or repealed. Prior to Roe v. Wade, Thomas said that the court “conceived a free-floating right to privacy” found in the “penumbras of five different Amendments to the Constitution – the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth.” He said “this reasoning is as mystifying as it is baseless.” In Roe v. Wade, Thomas said, “the court utilized its newfound power” to strike down a Texas law restricting abortion as a violation of a woman’s constitutional “right to privacy.” He said the court then concluded from previously established “constitutional penumbras” and without any legal explanation, that the right to privacy was “broad enough to encompass a woman’s [abortion] decision.” Thomas says that Roe is grievously wrong for many reasons, but that its core holding does not support a woman’s right to abort her unborn child.
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The Roe decision also directly conflicts with the 14th Amendment which declares that governments cannot deprive any person of "life, liberty or property" without due process of law. In this regard, the U.S. Constitution guarantees the protection of life. Shouldn’t the protection of life take precedence over an unwritten right to privacy? Democrats know this is a conflict of rights and that Roe could very well be overturned.
Christians are told to keep religion out of politics. The Roe decision directly clashes with this principle. The decision also ignores science. The science of embryology proves that the genetic composition of human beings is established at the time of fertilization. Molecular biology verifies that this genetic material, also known as DNA, is the “the very basis of life itself.” The scientific consensus is that human life begins at conception. It’s also the scientific consensus the left conveniently chooses to ignore.
The Supreme Court was established to determine whether our laws are in harmony with the Constitution. The court was not meant to be politicized by judges who rule based on personal policy opinions. Its foremost allegiance is to the American people, not the preferences and desires of activist judges or an ever-changing secular popular culture.
Abortion is the greatest crisis that has ever threatened the future of the United States. Just look at all the misery legalized abortion has caused in our country since 1973. The fact is, when abortion was legalized, government not only created a constitutional crisis, it instigated a national tragedy that has led to the death of over 60 million babies. This issue is unique in that we can actually change an unrighteous precedent which is also the No. 1 cause of death in America. I believe a conservative court is God giving our country that chance to correct a “grievous wrong” and protect the most vulnerable in our society, our children. If we do, God will surely bless the USA.
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