U.S. Supreme Court upholds partial-birth abortion ban
Pro-life leaders praise court's decision
Washington DC, Apr 18, 2007 / 11:18 am (CNA).- In a stunning victory for life, the Supreme Court of the United States today upheld a 2003 law passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, which bans the procedure known as partial-birth abortion.
In a 5-4 decision the justices ruled that the 2003 law does not violate a woman’s right to procure an abortion and, as such, is in line with the court’s precedent set by 1973 decision in Row v. Wade.
The opponents of the act "have not demonstrated that the Act would be unconstitutional in a large fraction of relevant cases," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion.
The court accepted arguments on behalf of the legislation which claimed that the procedure, which involves partially removing the child then crushing or cutting its skull, qualifies as infanticide and not as abortion...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Praise the Lord! We have a victory. Now I have just two words that every pro-life person MUST drill into his head -- "relentless incrementalism." If you've never heard the phrase before, look it up. That's the recipe for victory in this country. This is how things work in the United States of America. Our enemies have been using it on us for decades. Now we have a chance to turn the tables.
For the benefit of my readers, let me recap the last thirteen years. In 1993 this simple victory was impossible. The "Culture of Death" Democrats controlled the Whitehouse and Congress, while Anti-Life Liberals stacked the US Supreme Court. Then in 1994, Pro-Life voters elected a new Republican majority in the Congress. Nothing happened for a while, because the Democratic President (Bill Clinton) was part of the Culture of Death. However, in the 2000 election, Pro-Life voters put President George W. Bush in the whitehouse. These two actions together, both in 1994 and 2000, paved the way for what would come next. In 2004 President Bush was re-elected by Pro-Life voters, and shortly thereafter, two Supreme Court vacancies opened. Bush appointed one solid Pro-Life Catholic (John Roberts) to the the Chief Justice slot. He then tried to appoint a buddy of his (Harriet Miers) to the second vacancy, but Pro-Life voters held his feet to the fire and wouldn't let him do it. So as a result, he put another solid Pro-Life Catholic (Samuel Alito) to the bench. Both Roberts and Alito were confirmed to their positions by the Republican Congress which Pro-Life voters had put into power a decade earlier. Then a year later, this decision is handed down, and Pro-Life voters have tasted their first real victory since the movement began.
The long-term actions of Pro-Life voters, practicing "relentless incrementalism," is what brought this about. It's a start, and a step on the right path toward turning this nation around for the better. Right now, we've taken a step backward by allowing "culture of death" Democrats to return to power in the Congress, but it's a mistake that can be fixed in 2008. If Catholic voters will just vote Pro-Life, (political party doesn't matter) for President and Congress, we can make this victory the first in a string. In order to get more Supreme Court Justices on our side, we need Pro-Life candidates in both the Whitehouse and the Congress. Political Party doesn't matter anymore. What matters is how politicians stand on LIFE -- particularly unborn human life. If we remember anything in 2008, let us remember that.