(UnitedVoice.com) – On Monday, June 29, Chief Justice John Roberts struck again, denying the opportunity to pick away at Roe v. Wade in the middle of a presidential election. In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court smacked down a Louisiana law that required doctors who provide abortions to have admitting practices at a hospital less than 30 miles from where the procedure would be performed.
In 2016, Roberts also dissented in an identical 2016 case in Texas. However, in his ruling on Monday, Roberts said he had to uphold the 2016 ruling that was already decided. Roberts was the swing vote, and his decision is rallying conservatives and Republicans and giving new energy to Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign.
Throughout Monday, liberals enjoyed their victory, but not without concern. Pro-life groups are now fully energized and taking nothing for granted. They say more conservative judges are needed now more than ever to overturn Roe v. Wade. Admittedly, Democrats acknowledge this could become a problem for Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden (D) in the November election.
Liberals Afraid on Two Fronts
Liberals are expressing fear and concern on two fronts and conspiracy theories are flying.
In the first, there are questions about Roberts and his motives for voting with liberals and suggestions that he did it on purpose to rally conservatives. On Monday afternoon, CNN’s legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin said, “something is going on with Roberts. What this suggests is that Roe v. Wade may need one more justice from President Trump in order to win.”
The second conspiracy is that Roberts is a conservative who is playing a long game instead of seeking short-term gratification. The Nation published a smear article in which they theorize Roberts is more than willing to adopt the Republican agenda. However, he’s not willing to adopt some legal theories to do it. The article mentions in the footnote of the ruling that Roberts states he may have been persuaded to overturn the Louisiana law, and suggested he would be willing to look at other laws that limit abortion.
Roberts has been known to have strong displeasure for sloppy arguments and rulings by lower courts. Reading between the lines, one can easily reverse engineer Roberts’ ruling and conclude that he was telling pro-life advocates to come back with a more persuasive argument.
However, that isn’t going to be good enough for conservatives in the middle of an election who are now mad and motivated because they believed a conservative was on the court — and they feel duped again.
Pro-Life Groups Ready for Campaign
Pro-life advocates and religious groups conceded that the ruling was painful. However, they say Roberts gave them a rallying cry to turn out the vote for Trump in November.
Many believe that the next president will have an opportunity to nominate at least one, possibly three, Supreme Court Justices. Two of them are liberals. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 87 years old and has chronic health issues. Stephen Breyer is almost 82. The stalwart conservative justice Clarence Thomas is 72 years old but is not expected to retire anytime soon.
One more ally is all the court needs to join with the conservative justices on the bench. In 2016, Trump ran on appointing conservative judges throughout the federal judiciary. To date, over 200 judges have been appointed by the Republican senate, as well as two Supreme Court justices. That far outpaces any of his predecessors.
On Tuesday morning, the Susan B. Anthony List tweeted:
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) June 30, 2020
The Faith & Freedom Coalition is encouraging pro-life advocates not to get discouraged. They argue that the pro-life issue is on the five-yard line. If Trump gets one or two more appointments, the Supreme Court becomes a majority pro-life court. If Biden wins, that chance is lost for a generation.
Trump and Pence Gearing Up
Not only are advocacy groups and conservatives fired up, so are President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. After Monday’s ruling, Pence tweeted that more conservative justices were needed. Trump believes the issue could be significant enough to help him win re-election. Foreseeing the problem at his Tulsa rally in June, the president spoke at length about the need for more conservative justices, saying, “We have two and we could get a few more.”
In his first term, Trump was not only engaged appointing pro-life judges to the courts. He cut foreign aid to groups that referred people for abortions and signed an executive order that prohibited family planning funds from entering the coffers of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Trump was also the first and only sitting president to address crowds at the annual March for Life.
Democrats are right not to celebrate too quickly. The court just handed conservatives a rallying cry this November.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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