Lawmakers: Obama victory would mean death knell for conservative Supreme Court
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, June 29, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - If conservatives are worried about the Supreme Court now, they will have much more to worry about if Obama is re-elected, pro-life members of the House and Senate told national pro-life leaders Friday morning.
“Of all the challenges that we’ve ever faced in my lifetime, this next year…if we don’t do the right thing in this election, we will see the Supreme Court abrogate the Constitution entirely,” said Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, at the 2012 National Right to Life Convention in Arlington, Virginia.
A New York Times article this week pointed out that the current court is among the oldest since the New Deal era - meaning that many believe the next election could determine the court’s political leaning for decades longer than its impact on the Executive Branch. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who turns 80 next March, has already surpassed the average age of Supreme Court retirement. She is one of four justices over 70.
Trent, who spearheaded the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) banning abortions based on gender, hinted that the impact on the future of pro-life efforts in America would be greatly magnified with Obama’s continued influence over the Supreme Court.
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“The appointments Barack Obama will put on this Court will take it over into the darkness,” he said. “I have to say to you, if we do anything for the cause of the unborn, we must defeat the abortion president, Barack Obama.”
“If we don’t have the courage to protect those who can’t vote for us…then in the final analysis, we will never have the courage to fight for the cause of freedom for anyone,” he said.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, echoed Franks’ concerns: If the current president is reelected, she said, “the courts wouldn’t just be in Obama’s hands for the next four years, but for the next 40 years.”
Ayotte, who with NRLC’s backing was part of the conservative sweep of Congressional seats in 2010, said the Supreme Court ruling Thursday made it especially critical to harness the energy from two years ago to finish the job.
“In 2010, our goal was to stop President Obama’s anti-life agenda. And in 2012, our goal is to replace him,” said Ayotte. “Life is on the line in this election. It truly is. We can’t afford to just play defense; we have to get on the offense.”
Ayotte said she appeared at the conference on behalf of GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, and that she was confident he could defeat Obama in November.
“I have gotten to know Governor Mitt Romney very, very well, and I know he can do it,” she said.