Not long ago I had dinner with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was everything that friends had told me about him. He was thoughtful and humble, with a fine legal mind and a deep faith.
Yet at his Senate confirmation hearings in 1991, this fine man was publicly humiliated at great length by the Party of Abortion. All manner of false allegations were levied against him simply because he was a pro-life Black conservative. At the end of his scourging by Senate Democrats, he described the painful experience as a “hi-tech lynching.”
As vicious as those attacks on Justice Thomas were 25 years ago, we can expect that President Trump’s new nominee to the nation’s highest court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, will face even worse attacks. Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups will demand nothing less from “their” senators.
You see, Judge Gorsuch feels so strongly about the Life issues that he has written an entire book opposing the practice of assisted suicide. In it, he states unequivocally that “all human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”
How long do you think Roe v. Wade will stand once he is on the Court?
As an added bonus, Gorsuch is close to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has famously wavered on past pro-Life cases before the Court. Gorsuch clerked for Kennedy early on in his legal career, so there is a good chance that he can perhaps “help” Kennedy stand tall for life the next time the issue comes before the Court.
Whether the issue is religious freedom, respect for marriage, or the First Amendment, Gorsuch can be counted on to take an Originalist (that is, conservative) position. Remember that he ruled for the Little Sisters of the Poor in their lawsuit against Obama’s contraceptive mandate (which is really also an abortion mandate, since it involved abortifacient drugs that cause early term abortions.)
More broadly, Trump’s nominee opposes what he calls “judicial activism.” He has written that “American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom, relying on judges and lawyers rather than elected leaders and the ballot box as the primary means of effecting their social agenda.”
In short, on every front in the ongoing culture wars, Gorsuch is the liberals’ worst nightmare.
This is why the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, has promised to fight his confirmation “tooth and nail.”
I thought Schumer’s choice of words very appropriate, since the Party of Abortion excels at knock-down-drag-out cage matches. High-minded and reasoned debate on the issues of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” will be in short supply at the upcoming Senate hearings.
Instead, Schumer and other pro-abortion Senators will go low, pulling out all the stops to try and destroy the judge’s sterling reputation. They will always delay the process as long as they can, and ultimately launch a filibuster when his confirmation finally comes to a vote.
They realize what is at stake: their power to continue to legalize the killing of innocents at the beginning and end of life.
I hope that we in the pro-life movement understand this as well.
Let us do all we can to help his confirmation. Use social media to spread the word. Call or write your Senator to express your support for Trump’s nominee. And, above all, let us all pray for this good man and his family, that God may strengthen them for the ordeal that they have now embarked upon.
Millions of lives are at stake. Maybe even your own.