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(LifeSiteNews)—The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer opens up the fight for a replacement. As promised, President Joe Biden nominated an avowedly pro-abortion black woman to replace an already pro-abortion justice now retiring.

The new candidate is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who enjoys the support of America’s most radical pro-abortion groups. She has favored silencing pro-life advocates saving lives outside abortion clinics and refers to procured abortion as “health care.” Most have little doubt that she will be sympathetic to leftist positions on other moral issues.

However, because she is pro-abortion, she should not be confirmed. It is not just the abortion issue that makes her choice so problematic. It is the legal worldview that approves this moral aberration that is unacceptable.

There is nothing personal about this conclusion. No one doubts Judge Jackson’s legal capacities as she graduated from the best law schools in the land. She demonstrates an understanding of current law, albeit from a distorted liberal perspective. No one must oppose her because of her race. Justice is blind, and race should not be a factor in this selection process although President Biden has certainly made it one.

What should be considered is that she is nominated to be a justice of the land’s highest court. There is no recourse beyond it. These justices cannot be overruled save by Constitutional Amendment or a later ruling. Any errors they commit have repercussions all the way down the American justice system. The choice must therefore be carefully weighed.

Thus, there is one reason, and one reason alone, why Justice Jackson should not be confirmed. Based on her pro-abortion positions, it can be assumed that she will not defend the highest law as a justice of the highest court.

This criticism is not limited to Judge Jackson. There is no discrimination here since it applies to all candidates nominated to the Supreme Court these days. Until the nomination criteria change, the selection of judges, whether from the left or the right, will always prove faulty.

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Joe Biden’s pick to replace the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court is abortion defender D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman nominated to the nation's highest court ever.

By choosing Brown Jackson, Biden is fulfilling two campaign promises at the same time: first, to use every tool at his disposal to defend and promote the killing of the most innocent; and, second, to make the nation’s highest court more "diverse."

Of course, Biden could have achieved "diversity" by different means (and, as a "Catholic," he should have), but, as throughout the rest of tenure in office, he has chosen to pursue the deadly path of promoting abortion.

And, make no mistake: Planned Parenthood and NARAL are ecstatic about Brown Jackson.

SIGN and SHARE this petition which urges all U.S. Senators to reject abortion activist Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Unlike most previous nominees to the Supreme Court, Brown Jackson has a judicial history of supporting abortion - which should be enough to cause Senators to reject her.

In the 1990s, she wrote an amicus brief defending a Massachusetts law that banned protests outside of abortion clinics. Thankfully, the law was ruled unconstitutional in 2000, but it shows how Brown Jackson intends to use the law to silence free speech so that the killing can continue without protest.

Pro-lifers are unanimous in their opposition to Brown Jackson, while the pro-abortionists are undivided in their zeal for her nomination.

SIGN and SHARE this petition which urges all U.S. Senators to reject abortion activist Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Carrie Severino, president of the pro-life Judicial Crisis Network, warned of an imminent free speech threat, stating that in her "buffer-zone" amicus brief, Brown Jackson "repeatedly disparaged the peaceful and often prayerful clinic protesters as engaging in ‘in-your-face’ and ‘chaotic’ activity that somehow fell short of ‘pure speech.’"

And, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List stated her organization's opposition to Brown Jackson's nomination, saying: "She is on record opposing the free speech rights of pro-life advocates pleading to save lives outside abortion centers and supporting the false claim that abortion is ‘health care.’"

But, the country's top abortion groups are celebrating Brown Jackson’s appointment.

Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson wrote in a tweet addressed to Jackson: "We can’t wait to see the fantastic work you will do and will be here to support you along the way,"

And, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju agreed.

"Judge Jackson … has a demonstrated record of defending and upholding our constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms — including reproductive freedom," Timmaraju said. "We are confident that she will be a voice for justice, equity, and freedom on the Court in the decades to come."

Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this petition which urges all U.S. Senators to reject abortion activist Brown Jackson's nomination to the Supreme Court.


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Defending the Constitution

Someone might object that the Constitution is the “supreme law of the land.” It is termed as such in the Supremacy Clause (Art. VI, clause 2). All candidates to the Supreme Court, including Judge Jackson, believe it their duty to interpret the law according to this “supreme law.” However, these interpretations are problematic since they are morally neutral and thus can range from pro-life to pro-abortion. Hiding inside the “penumbra” of the Constitution, there is room for a wide variety of opinions that destroy the proper notion of law.

No one doubts that this candidate will seek to base her decisions on the Constitution. However, her positions on abortion and other moral issues indicate that it will be a skewed reading of the fundamental charter. The Constitution is not a piece of irrational modern art that people can interpret to mean whatever they determine.

Instead, it is a collection of fundamental legal principles meant to undergird a specific vision of society oriented to the common good and the practice of virtue in common. Fidelity to this original intention should be a principal basis for interpreting law, not socialist economics, woke politics or feminist denial of morals. Judges who stray from the path of tradition betray the trust of generations who expect a consistent reading of this founding document. Such justices may defend higher law, but not the highest.

However, a document alone also cannot be the source of law because all things human are fallible. The writers of constitutions on their own cannot produce anything beyond a collection of qualified opinions. In an egalitarian age, one person’s opinion is as good as anyone else’s. Thus, opinions alone have no force to bind people unless anchored in something that transcends personal beliefs.

The source of all law is God and His eternal law                                   

What makes all law binding and unchanging is a sacred trust that binds it to the highest law. The tradition of the Christian West has always held that the source of all law—whether customary, common, or constitutional—is God and His eternal law.

“Eternal law,” “moral law,” or “natural law” are all terms used to describe an objective moral compass that makes social order possible. It is the same for all peoples, places, and times and is often summed up by the Ten Commandments. Scripture says it is written on the heart of all people giving them the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong.

Thus, the highest judge must serve this highest law. This service does not contradict their solemn duty to interpret the Constitution since the latter is only law to the extent that it reflects natural law. Indeed, at the nation’s founding, the American legal profession was steeped in a long natural law tradition found in English common law. This tradition informed the thinking behind much, but not all, of the Constitution.

The role of judges is to help apply these unchanging norms to circumstances and not turn circumstances into “settled” law.

Judges should make sure all law is linked to objective moral law. Vigilant justices should use the maxim, “unjust law is not law” (lex injusta non est lex), as the criteria for rooting out aberrations that might enter the legal system.

Unfortunately, nineteenth-century liberalism gradually destroyed the natural law tradition that served as criteria for “just law.” The legal establishment adopted a positive law standard that relied on human judgment alone to make law outside any established moral framework.

Surviving just law still reflected remnants of morality in society. Today, not even these remnants remain. What survives of natural law on the Supreme Court is found in the “originalist” or “textualist” readings of the Constitution that reflect opinions based on the Founders’ understanding of law. However, such interpretations, sympathetic to natural law, are no guarantee that their rulings will defend the highest law. The avowed “textualist” Justice Neil Gorsuch (joined by Justice John Roberts) managed to find “transgender rights” using this method in the horrific Bostock v. Clayton County (2020) decision in blatant contradiction to natural law.

The Importance of the Abortion Issue

That is why the abortion issue is so important in the Supreme Court selection process. It inadvertently introduces natural law criteria into the debate. What is typically a hearing about legal knowledge, issues, and skills becomes a moral discussion, which liberals strive to avoid at all costs.

Abortion cancels out the standard selection criteria by putting moral law at the forefront. It is a burning issue with enough impact to reestablish a tiny link to natural law and make it a primary consideration. It is the bare minimum, but at least it is something.

The hideousness of procured abortion demonstrates that it is gravely contrary to natural law since it violates the Fifth Commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.” People find it easier to see that a pro-abortion judge, who affirms this aberration as a fundamental right, subscribes to a concept of law that will prove toxic to the legal system.

Thus, the selection of Supreme Court justices gains enormously by considering the abortion issue. Unfortunately, most nominations do not live up to the bare minimum challenge of opposing abortion, which the office of justice requires.

Nothing personal, but the Senate should not confirm Judge Jackson as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States until she proves that she serves the highest law.

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order, as well as the author of hundreds of published articles. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.