With those stark and straightforward words concluding the majority opinion, the United States Supreme Court upheld yesterday in Gonzalez v. Carhart the constitutionality of Congress’ ban on partial birth abortion and delivered a major blow to America’s pro-abortion legions.
The court was divided on the issue by a 5-4 vote, reaffirming how essential the election of George W. Bush was to the Presidency. He nominated both the current Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Alito who both joined with Justices Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas for the majority.
The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) went ballistic, charging on their website:
“The Supreme Court has done the unthinkable and upheld the Federal Abortion Ban with no exception for a woman's health.”
“Today's decision shows Bush's appointees have moved the Court in a direction that could further undermine Roe v. Wade and protections for women's health. The Court has given anti-choice state lawmakers the green light to open the flood gates and launch additional attacks on safe, legal abortion, without any regard for women's health.”
I, for one, hope their prognostications are correct. What America needs now is a complete assault on the barbarous and heinous brutality of abortion. While partial birth abortion is especially troubling because of the baby’s late term development, it is no less brutal than all abortions which unnecessarily and viciously kill innocent and developing babies.
Justices Thomas and Scalia were willing to go further. Writing a concurring opinion, they stated "...the Court's abortion jurisprudence, including Casey and Roe v. Wade, 410 U. S. 113 (1973), has no basis in the Constitution.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights was even more fanatical in commenting on the ruling, saying: “This is a terrifying development…”
Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said "It took just a year for this new Court to overturn three decades of established law. Today's ruling is a stunning assault on women's health and the expertise of doctors who care for them."
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the minority, offered her own sagacious bantering: “In sum, the notion that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act furthers any legitimate governmental interest is, quite simply, irrational.”
Sure Madame Justice, protecting innocent babies from having their brains sucked out is not a legitimate governmental interest. Just who is being irrational?
“The Court’s defense of the statute provides no saving explanation. In candor, the Act, and the Court’s defense of it, cannot be understood as anything other than an effort to chip away at a right declared again and again by this Court—and with increasing comprehension of its centrality to women’s lives.”
I hope we do more than “chip away” at abortion. This barbarity must be abolished from American culture.