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June 24, 2005|
Speculation Rises on Possible Supreme Court Vacancy |
Two days ago, Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, sent out a memo predicting that there will be a vacancy on the Supreme Court next week, but it won’t be Chief Justice Rehnquist. Instead, Kristol thinks it will be Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who steps down. He speculates that President Bush will name recently confirmed U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s close friend and protégé, as her replacement. Kristol's prediction falls in line with what many conservatives and pro-lifers have expected all along. Despite the fact that Gonzales is not pro-life, and considers Roe v. Wade to be "settled law," and therefore cannot be expected to vote to overturn it, making him unacceptable to the pro-life Republican base, it would not be surprising if it happened. If it does, the argument to make to conservatives, like Kristol, who "would be unhappy with a Gonzales pick," would be that Gonzales is as conservative as one could find who "could still overcome" a threatened filibuster by the Democrats.
Most pro-life conservatives believe that the President will nominate to the Supreme Court men and women cut out of the same cloth as Scalia and Thomas. That's what they expect because that's what he implied when running for President in 2000. Stay tuned.
The measure is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). A vote is expected soon. Senators who may be undecided on whether the taxpayers should be forced to pay for scientific experiments that kill innocent human embryos are: Alexander (TN), Allen (VA), Bennett (UT), Bond (MO), Cochran (MS), Coleman (MN), Gregg (NH), Lott (MS), Lugar (IN), Murkowski (AK), Ben Nelson (NE), Pryor (AR) and Thomas (WY). The number for the Capitol Switchboard is: 202/224-3121.
Senator Santorum is up for re-election in 2006 and this time he has a challenger who may be hard to beat. His name is Bob Casey, Jr., son of the late former PA Governor Robert Casey who, because of his pro-life philosophy, was famously denied an opportunity to speak at the Democratic national convention in 1992.
Bob Casey, Jr. campaigned for State Treasurer of Pennsylvania in 2004 and won. During that campaign, he answered a questionnaire compiled by the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He responded in the following manner:
If Roe v. Wade were overturned, he would:
In order to win re-election, Senator Santorum has some work to do to restore the trust of his pro-life base. We suggest he start by making a solemn pledge to them that he will never again endorse, support or financially contribute to any candidate who is not 100% pro-life.
"I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did. It was the first time I'd had sex, and that was rotten. I'd always thought it was going to be all violins, and it was just awful.
"I was two months gone when I realized. I went to my mum and she said, without pausing for breath: ‘You have to get rid of it.'
"She told me where the clinic was, then, virtually pushed me off. She was so angry. She said I'd got myself in this mess, now she had to get me out. But she didn't come. I went alone. I was terrified. It was full of other young girls, and we were all terrified and looking at each other and nobody was saying a bloody word. I howled my way through it, and it was horrible.
"I would never recommend it to anyone because it comes back to haunt you. When I tried to have children, I lost three – I think it was because something had happened to my cervix during the abortion. After three miscarriages, they had to put a stitch in it.
"In life, whatever it is, you pay somewhere down the line. You have to be accountable."
We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Focus on the Family and the Southern Baptist Convention, organizations that are currently purchasing sonogram machines for CPCs. The machines cost between $20,000 and $30,000, while the new state-of-the-art equipment that shows the unborn baby in three dimensions is even more costly.
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