Washington DC — Operation Rescue joined a coalition of pro-life, pro-family groups Tuesday morning in remembering the contributions of Chief Justice William Rehnquist to the pro-life cause during a Memorial Prayer Service held on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court. Rehnquist was the last surviving dissenter to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that decriminalized abortion. He routinely sided with the pro-life position on cases before the nation’s Highest Court, including the most recent Carhart v. Stenberg, the case that narrowly overturned the Nebraska ban on the heinous partial-birth abortion method.
Pro-lifers prayed, sang hymns, and placed roses on the steps of the Supreme Court in remembrance of Rehnquist’s pro-life legacy. Later the sidewalk was cleared and Rehnquist’s coffin was borne up the steps to lie in repose in the Supreme Court. Long lines immediately formed of people wishing to pay their respects to Rehnquist.
In the afternoon, Operation Rescue and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust gathered to pray for Chief Justice nominee John G. Roberts, Jr. Carrying signs that said “Stop Abortion Now!” pro-lifers called on Roberts to continue Rehnquist’s pro-life legacy and prayed for him to have the strength, commitment, and character to help stop child-killing in our nation.
At one point, the Truth Trucks were pulled over by metro police near the Library of Congress. New streets had been designated as “no truck” zones for security reasons, so the police helped the Truth trucks return to the streets that still allow such vehicles. No tickets were issued.
Rehnquist will be buried Wednesday, September 7 at Arlington National Cemetery. Robert’s confirmation hearings have been postponed until Monday, September 12.
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