Operation Rescue Supports Bush’s Choice of John G. Roberts for US Supreme Court

Washington DC — President George W. Bush has chosen John G. Roberts to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor to the US Supreme Court. Operation Rescue supports this selection.

Roberts has shown strong conservative credentials with indications that he will not uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that decriminalized abortion. Roberts coauthored a 1990 legal brief that stated, “The court’s conclusion in Roe that there is a fundamental right to an abortion … finds no support in the text, structure or history of the Constitution.”

“A culture of life can never be built as long as Roe v. Wade is the law of the land,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“We appreciate President Bush being a man of his word by appointing a judge that will respect the Right to Life acknowledged by our nation’s founding documents,” said Newman. “We pray that Roberts will be swiftly confirmed.”

“Our nation has suffered enough under decades of liberal activist judges legislating from the bench,” said OR spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger. “After 45 million dead children, we are guardedly optimistic that the confirmation of Judge Roberts will be a step toward restoring protections for the pre-born that were stolen from them in 1973.”

  • Laura “Pickles” Bush

    Why I thought I told George not to nominate anyone who looks like the Pilsbury Dough Boy!
    Ted Kennedy’s going to take one look at that TV preacher hair and have a field day!

  • http://none Steven

    Are we sure this guy is safe? The top story on msnbc.com tonight cites a 2003 statement from this guy. These are not the exact words, but it claimed he said that Roe V Wade was a settled matter and that he would rule by its precident. Is anyone else aware of this? This statement came after the 1990 statement above.
    STeven

  • Ben

    I see that conservative activist judges are okay, but liberal activst judges are something un-American. But anyhow, ending Roe v. Wade will not end abortion in the United States. Abortion will just be pushed into unregulated tyranny of the streets. If you want to minimize abortion you a should ask that all males are given a vasectomy at birth. When the male decides he want to father a child he can get unfixed. If this is medically and/or morally unsound, at least off men and women free vasectomy at their request. This would help in reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies. We also need to end the obsession with children we have, and the obsession with making more of them. We have six billion people on this Earth and the number is rising fast. We no longer need to pump out child after child into this world in order to survive as a species.

  • A.J.

    Steven, good question. I’m really puzzled by the news reports. Here is what CNN has to say:

    The abortion issue:

    A prominent liberal advocacy group — NARAL Pro-Choice America — opposed Roberts’ second nomination to the appeals court, saying he has worked to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that struck down state laws outlawing abortion.

    Arguing a case for the first Bush administration in 1990 when he was deputy solicitor general, Roberts said Roe v. Wade “was wrongly decided and should be overruled.”

    In his 2003 confirmation hearing, however, he told senators he was acting as an advocate for his client, rather than presenting his own positions.

    He told senators Roe was “the settled law of the land” and said “there’s nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent.”

    Roberts, a native of Buffalo, New York, who now lives in Maryland, is married and has two children. He is a Roman Catholic. (Roberts: A smart, self-effacing ‘Eagle Scout’)

    The nominee and his wife, Jane, came to the White House Tuesday evening to have dinner with the Bushes before the announcement, the senior administration official said.

  • dougal

    Ben,
    Interesting thought. It also seems to me that the easiest way to curb abortion would be to somehow limit pregnancies before a male and female are actually serious about it. I think an even better idea is just have the government regulate Americans’ lives even more. Maybe there should be a test administered that only those intelligent enough to have a child should be allowed. Obviously those who are less educated might have a problem with this, but is that a bad thing? From my own observations, typically those who are less intelligent may not have the resources to support 5 children, and therefore a restriction imposed by the government may curb the drain on public resources, and the proliferation of ignorant Americans.

  • Caro

    I totally agree with Ben’s comments. It is immoral for couples to keep having children when there are millions of children already born in Russia, Eastern Europe, Africa, China, as well as the U.S. who are orphaned and need loving homes. People who want children should adopt them! Adoption isn’t as hard as people think it is.

    It is equally immoral to purchase a dog from a breeder when millions are being killed every year due to a lack of homes. I have “walked the walk” and gotten my tubes tied!

  • lgfrench

    I applaud you for your convictions but chide you for your gullibility, the Republican Party is not committed to ending abortion, they are committed to having an issue with which to ensure a big turnout at the polls. The last thing they want is for a significant turn away from Roe v. Wade.

    I think more of your efforts should be spent on taking care of unwanted, abused and neglected children who have been born. Once they leave the uterus, what are they entitled to by God?

  • brian

    I am pro-life and I support Bush’s nominee. I would not read too much into his 2003 comments. As an appellate judge he has to follow precedent law, and has no authority to overturn cases. What he said was extremely intelligent and allowed him to be confirmed.

    He is a devout Catholic, his wife was a former Vice President for Feminists for Life, and he clerked under Justice Rehnquist. I think the pro-life people are in good hands.

    In regards to the other remarks above, it amazes me the logic that people use in the legalization of the murder of millions and millions of innocent babies.

    Anyways, I hope that Stevens and Ginsberg retire soon, especially if Bush continues to nominate superb candidates such as Roberts.

    My prayers and work is beginning to be answered.

    Alleluia!

  • http://none Steven

    I also wonder what the next step will be, even if we get another conservative justice in there. Will these folks have a chance to overturn Roe v Wade? Many of us were quite upset, very recently, when the court voted 9-0 to not get involved with the Schivo case. Given all that surrounded the Roe v Wade case in 1973, is there the courage to tackle that again? I am no historian, but I seem to remember from high school history that all of the justices on the 1973 court were given secret service protection after that ruling. It would be a great temptation to let it be a ‘settled’ issue, as in Judge Roberts’ 2003 comment. Hopefully the pro-life side will have a game plan once this new court takes shape. It may be our most timely hour if it works.

  • Joe

    Well Ben and Dougal- your comments on enforced sterilization and required intelligence testing for parenthood qualify you both for membership in the Nazi Party or at least the Chinese Communist Party. lgfrench has is correct when stating that abortion is only a political wedge issue for the Republicans. There may be an isolated politician that truly is anti-abortion, but generally the Repulicats and the Democans are two sides of the same coin- concerned with continuing to gorge at the money trough of special interests. Pro-life as an ethical/moral standard should not allow room for the death penalty or wars of aggression for economic advangtage.
    There must be congruency in the word and action, not selective use of a moral imperative. For most “Conservatives” every life is precious till the moment it’s out of the womb and they can see what color skin it’s wrapped in.
    hypocrites all.

  • Rick Ellis

    come on guy’s, look behind the smoke screen. Everybody keeps the hooplaw up about the courts, when it is the congress that has the authority to over turn Roe. This is even built into the language of the !973 decission. It says that if congress ever establishes the person hood of the pre-born, the complatants have no case.

    We keep buying into this idea that the courts have the final say, when it is we the people, and our elected representatives that tell the court what they can rule on.

    Another mistake that is being represented here, is that Roe made abortiion legal. Abortion was already legal in the US. What roe v wade, and Doe Boltan made legal was abortion on demand.

    The 1857 abortion laws in the state of Texas [the laws roe struck down] already made allowances for the so called hard cases. Life of the mother, rape, and I don’t remember if incest was included, but i think it was; were allowed by state law.

    If roe were over turned, the law would revert back to the states, and then it would be a state by state battle.

    Unless of course, we got a congress to stand on its hind legs, and pass an act that includes the pre-born under the 14th amendment. Which the 14th amendment gives congress the autority to do by the by.

    As a matter of fact, the only thing that needs to be changed is one word in the 14th amendment. The court ruled that the constitution was ambiguous as far as when personhood begins, and said that the 14th amendment gives rights to those born in America. If that one word were changed from born to concieved…..

    The fact of the matter though, is that the introduction of the constitution exstends constitutional protection to pre-born children.

    If you count 40 [ the number of generations in the bible by the by] words down in the constitution, you find the word posterity. The word posterity is defind as future generations.

    The opening stament of our constitution, sets the spirit and intent of the whole document. The court was intelectually dishonest when it ruled that the 14th amendment was ambiguous. The amendments are merely expounding, and defining the original intent voiced in the opening statement. Any intelectual observation demands that if something seems ambiguous, you go back to the original spirit and intent.

    Roe defiles the original intent of the founders, and says that the wanton destruction of our nation’s posterity is some how a “constitutional right”. This ruling flies in the face of the God given rights of LIFE,LIBERTY,and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, which are the very foundation of intent, and the spirit of everything American.

  • Marcos

    Please please friends, don`t get caught in this trap. Don`t associate yourselves with a man who doesn`t have a total commitment to end abortion. This man is not good, he has a history of supporting torture and the authoritarian government actions. It is time for Christians to realize that Bush and Co. are false Christians (occultists indeed) who have no desire to end abortion. Instead of supporting this man, demand a written commitment of anyone in favor of life BEFORE you support him.

  • Christine

    So one question here. Regardless of this issue of abortion, is it the governments job to decide what I can and can not do with my body? No! The federal government should do their job and stay away from any issues surrounding my body! What happened to the Republican view about states rights?
    The states handle legal issues and it is wrong for 9 people to sit and judge anyones morality!

  • Matthew

    Christine: no one is asking to interfere with your rights and have the government decide what you can do with YOUR BODY. What society does have a legitimate interest in is what happens to SOMEONE ELSE’S BODY, THE UNBORN BABY.

  • A.J.

    So its wrong for the court to judge my morality, even if my morality involves killing another human? Pro-aborts always want to shift the focus OFF of the question of personhood (and the medical & scientific data, which clearly refutes their position) and onto the question of “who gets to decide”. Our government has EVERY right (and obligation) to tell you that you cannot do certain things with your body when those actions murder another human.

  • Rick Ellis

    christine then why should we allow the same 9 people to force child killing on us as well? Abortion on demand could never be passed into law, that is why the left high jacked the courts.

    Please get another mantra. The pre-born are not a part of a woman’s body, as any good biology text book will tell you. they are merely residing in a woman’s body for a very short 9 months.

    If you want to be a lier, so be it. But anybody who can think for themselves, can see right thru the 30 year old trash you posted here.

    Whether scientificl, legally , or morally, MIZZZZ Christine; you are wrong.

  • light

    Trolls from the Salon.com link here! Abortion kills babies! Abortion stops a beating heart! Support women’s rights: stop killing baby girls!!!

  • Rick Ellis

    Very well said light.

  • Billy

    Brian,

    You said exactly what I was going to say.

    Roberts was being confirmed for a court lower then the Supreme Court, so he was required to follow the precedent of the law.

    Now that he is on the Supreme Court, he personally can interpret the Constitution because he will have been given the authority of the people (indirectly through the Senate).

    His wife was VP of Feminists for Life, and both his children are adopted and attend an Opus Dei school, which is known for its extremely conservative Catholic views, including that of the right to life.

    My father also used to work with him at DOJ and knows him and his wife very well.

    No need to worry, pro-lifers.

  • Sandy

    Christine,

    Of course it’s the governments job to ensure the protections of all persons. Would you be angry if the courts decided that it wasn’t their place to tell white people what they could/could not do w/ blacks? Not tooo long ago, the supreme court also ruled that blacks were not fully human and therefore not entitiled to the rights white people had- life, liberty,…some of the smae type of rhetoric was used back then to try to hold slavery up “the govt doesn’t have a right to tell me what to do w/ my slaves, or whether to own them, sell them, etc;” and “if you don’t agree w/ slavery, don’t have one” ala “if you don’t agree w/ abortion, don’t have one”. The Jews were deemed sub-human, the blacks were, and for too long now little babies have been too. I could go on and on,…there is so much there but it boils down to a baby is a person, of their own, w/ their own dna present at conception– embryo, fetus, are just words used to dehumanize the baby and make it sound as if it’s something ‘becoming’ a baby. That is medically incorrect, just as if saying a 5 yr old is in process of becoming a person. The baby has their own SEPERATE body, don’t they have a right to live, just like you did? It’s wrong to decide for soemone else- a baby will not have any other chances to live- if he’s not born, he won’t ever get to do what YOU have done. I think that’s very selfish and takes advantage of the weaker person…..

  • rick ellis

    Very good post Sandy. You hit the the target dead center. It is about personhood. It was the congress, and we the people, who made the bad decission of the court [dred scott] go away.

    We the people need to quit being duped by so called leaders who high jack the focus off of personhood, and keeps us from the true remedy of congressional action, by making such a big deal out of the courts.

    The 13th thru the 15th amendments over turned the court’s dred scott ruling. The 14th amendment gives congress the constitutional authority to to establish personhood for the pre-born. No amendment needed, no court apointment required. It really is that simple.

    All this wood hay and stubble, has covered the firm foundation of costitutional truth. WE the people are speaking, and we the people should demand that congress pass a personhood of the preborn act, according to the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution.

    As stated before, this is even acknowlaged in the 1973 roe decission.

    Please dear ones. Let’s quit being miss led, and demand an end to this maddness now.

  • Lauren

    Unfortunately for you guys, and fortunately for anti-abortion/pro-choice people like me, roe v. wade will never be overturned. And if it is, abortion will never go away. Bush knows this. He gets you to vote for him so he can pass tax cuts on to the rich, oppose unions, and help out big corporations. His administration has sold this country to places like Saudi Arabia and China.. Just wait, in 10 years the Us of a will have thousands, millions less job, all because some of you on a “christian” crusade were tricked into voting for him. Can’t we work together and end the number of abortions by preventing the pregnancies. The number of abortions has risen since bush took office. Abortion is not going to end unless there is easy access to contraception. That’s the fact of the matter.

  • Operation Rescue

    Lauren,

    Fact of the matter?? Better check your facts, girl. Abortions are at their lowest levels since 1974.

    “The U.S. abortion rate continues to decline and is now at the lowest level
    since 1974–21.3 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44 in 2000–according to
    new research from The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI). The abortion rate peaked
    in 1980 and 1981 at 29.3 abortions per 1,000 women. In 2000, a total of 1.31
    million pregnancies ended in abortion, down from a high of 1.61 million in
    1990. This information was gathered as part of AGI’s 13th survey of all known
    abortion providers in the United States.” –Alan Guttmacher Inst. Press Release, Jan. 15, 2003

    Look the facts up for yourself: http://www.agi-usa.org/sections/abortion.php

    Roe v. Wade is a very flawed opinion that most people who have studied the matter understand is VERY vulnerable. You have created a little fantasy world for yourself based on misinformation and wishful thinking. Time to start living in reality.

  • Frank

    As to those who say “the government has no business telling me what I can and can’t do to my body,” the above posts expose that this position is wrong, because a baby (even a preborn one) is another person’s body.

    Here’s an additional thought: The government tells us each day what we can and can’t do with our bodies. No one generally quarrels when the government says, “you can’t drive drunk” or “you can’t shoot up with cocaine” or “you can’t sell drugs within 1000 feet of a school” or similar. The government tells us each days what we can and can’t do, so the selfish theory that “the government has no right to tell us what to do with out bodies!” doesn’t work in the real world.

    Keep the faith,
    Frank from New Jersey

  • http://pro.lifewithchrist.org Brother Galen

    I hope you give an update on your support of Roberts in light of how he did pro bono work that helped gays
    win a landmark Supreme Court decision.
    I look to OR to lead the way on this, but am having big doubts now about Roberts after reading articles such as
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45653
    from Joseph Farah of World Net Daily and others.
    Please respond.

  • Matt

    He’s a Souter, he’s only getting the job because he helped Bush’s case to win the election (and perhaps because he’s a member of the secret lavender mafia running the GOP).

  • Justin

    What is the solution to abortions? Do any of you have any plans for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies? Is abortion allowable in cases of rape and the chance of the mother losing her life?

    King George will continue to beat the morality and pro-life drum with the intention of getting some of you to answer the call and support his agenda, which is to oppress the middle-working class. Continue to support the president and you will see our society fall into dispair.

    This is fueled by the presidents neglect to regulate the health industry, control soaring prescription drug prices, refusal to stand up to big oil companies and corporations. He continues to give tax cuts and welfare to the wealthy.

    He however has allowed the working class to pick up the tax burden, rolled back initiatives that protect the environment and has continued to support and allow corporations to send jobs overseas. He used our nations feelings of grief over 9-11 to invade a country and kill thousands of innocent American soldiers and Iraqi civillans. How is this acceptable to you pro-life individuals? Is an Iraqi or an American solider not as valuable as an unborn child in your eyes? Continue to support the president with his lies as he speaks to congress and the nation trying to sell his reasons for war. What is trully immoral is continuing to support King George Bush and the GOP. They are the Grand Oposition Party and they oppose every thing that would enable the average working class American to a decent, somewhat financialy secure life. It is a disgrace and immoral for any Christian to continue to support George Bush and his croonies!

  • Justin

    What is the solution to abortions? Do any of you have any plans for the prevention of unwanted pregnancies? Is abortion allowable in cases of rape and the chance of the mother losing her life?

    King George will continue to beat the morality and pro-life drum with the intention of getting some of you to answer the call and support his agenda, which is to oppress the middle-working class. Continue to support the president and you will see our society fall into dispair.

    This is fueled by the presidents neglect to regulate the health industry, control soaring prescription drug prices, refusal to stand up to big oil companies and corporations. He continues to give tax cuts and welfare to the wealthy.

    He however has allowed the working class to pick up the tax burden, rolled back initiatives that protect the environment and has continued to support and allow corporations to send jobs overseas. He used our nations feelings of grief over 9-11 to invade a country and kill thousands of innocent American soldiers and Iraqi civillans. How is this acceptable to you pro-life individuals? Is an Iraqi or an American solider not as valuable as an unborn child in your eyes? Continue to support the president with his lies as he speaks to congress and the nation trying to sell his reasons for war. What is trully immoral is continuing to support King George Bush and the GOP. They are the Grand Oposition Party and they oppose every thing that would enable the average working class American to a decent, somewhat financialy secure life. It is a disgrace and immoral for any Christian to continue to support George Bush and his croonies!

  • http://yahoo.com Alayna Staggers nurse

    Abortion is becoming unpopular as people are being educated as to what really happens during an abortion. Operation Rescue has overturned many of the secrets; that is the job given them to do. We also have a job.
    Each of us is given opportunities, no matter how small to follow divine guidance, to help end the suffering in this world, to do “our part.” Please sign the petition for George Tiller’s charges to be reinstated. One thing at a time. Attacking Bush will not solve the problem. Do the best with what we’ve got. To have an opinion just for the sake of having an opinion is useless and a waste of time.
    Use the knowledge we have been given to attack the issue. The issue right now, is George Tiller needs to be brought to justice for killing babies; especially viable babies that are close to birth. The politicians of Kansas need to be publically displayed as supporters of an abortionist who continues to indulge in criminal activity with the protection of local government. We have a mission; to save the lives of innocent babies. Let’s not get “off track.” I choose to ignore anyone’s statements who is in favor of abortion, because it only shows their ignorance! Something is wrong if an individual could actually observe a tiny baby being torn from his mother. Since I know these pro-choice people have never seen this, I recognize the lack of compassion being a lack of education. My convictions are such that no pro-choice person could ever change them. We walk by faith alone. It’s ok to believe. God hears our prayers and His influence is upon others through His Spirit. John Roberts could be the man to help end the abortion problem. We don’t know, but we must “move foreward in faith.” Do the job that is at hand. Sign the petition and let’s get Tiller out of the abortion business first!
    Alayna Staggers (Nurse)
    “Mothers Against Abortion”