Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Abortion Ban Upheld

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban that President Bush signed into law in 2003. Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion with Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito joining. I've pointed out before that Justice Kennedy has become the swing vote on a number of issues. Fortunately, this time he sided with the conservative jurists on the court.

This is an important decision that protects the sanctity of human life. Hopefully Roe v. Wade can be overturned at some point in the future.

The other important thing to take from this decision is how critical Supreme Court appointments are. To have the right jurists on the court when important issues are decided by the court requires the correct person as president and sufficient control of the senate to insure confirmation. The president appoints and the senate provides "advice and consent". Thank goodness that President Bush appointed Justices Roberts and Alito. A different decision might have resulted had they not been on the court. The presidential and senate elections in 2008 will be extremely important as other appointments will likely occur in the not too distant future.


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