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April 18, 2007

Supreme Court Says No To Partial-Birth Abortion

Filed under: Abortion,John McCain,Pro-Life,Rudy Giuliani,Sam Brownback,Supreme Court — Psycheout @ 12:29 pm

In a victory for the pro-life movement and a slap in the face against Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion industry, the Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 by a vote of 5-4.

Scotusblog provides the breakdown:

Joining Kennedy in the majority were the Chief Justice, and Justices Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. With Ginsburg in dissent were Justices Stephen G. Breyer, David H. Souter and John Paul Stevens. Thus, Alito’s replacement of retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor made the most difference in turning the Court around from its 2000 decision in the Stenberg case. O’Connor was in the majority in that decision, as were the four dissenters in this new decision.

It looks like President Bush’s two successful nominations to the Supreme Court are paying dividends. Recall that Justice Alito was only nominated after Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination. And also note that Senator Brownback was an early critic of the Miers selection. Now is not the time select a candidate who will not continue to choose good pro-life judges. Sam Brownback has proven that he is one man we can trust.

Senator Brownback was elated at the news:

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the ban on partial birth abortions,” said Brownback. “This ban was enacted to put an end to one of the most grotesque forms of abortion, and it is completely in line with the respect for life that is at the very heart of our Constitution. This is a great step forward for our nation’s citizens, born and unborn.”


Brownback continued, “I applaud the Court for finding that the constitution ‘expresses respect for the dignity of human life,’ and hope that this decision signals the Court’s willingness to revisit and reverse Roe v. Wade.”

This is a good day for the pro-life movement and for potential victims of an abominable procedure. Hopefully today will remind conservative voters about Giuliani’s pro-abortion position and that Romney is only a convenient convert after being pro-abortion quite recently.

Update: B4B friend Billy Valentine reminded me of this quote from McCain on Brownback and the Alito nomination:

Alito was in the Senate hearing room that day largely because of Brownback’s efforts. Last October, after Bush named his personal lawyer, Harriet Miers, to the Supreme Court, Brownback politely but thoroughly demolished her nomination — on the grounds that she was insufficiently opposed to abortion. The day Miers withdrew her name, Sen. John McCain surprised the mob of reporters clamoring around Brownback outside the Senate chamber by grabbing his colleague’s shoulders. “Here’s the man who did it!” McCain shouted in admiration, a big smile on his face.

Be sure to read the reaction to the Supreme Court decision over at Students for Brownback. SFB should be on your daily read list.

Update 2: Students for Brownback is (always) on the case. See Brownback: Pro-life Victory — Video and Speech. But also be sure to check back here, frequently, at Blogs 4 Brownback. We try to keep up on the latest Brownback buzz!

Update 3: The Washington (com)Post’s Mary Ann Akers awarded Senator Brownback This Week’s Fundraising “Award.” Nice hit piece, Mary Ann. And you wonder why The Compost is used as bird cage liner across the nation?

Update 4: Giuliani praised the recent Supreme Court decision, but it appears that he was against banning PBA just a few years ago:

TIM RUSSERT (host): A banning of late-term abortions, so-called partial-birth abortions — you’re against that?

GIULIANI: I’m against it in New York, because in New York —

RUSSERT: Well, if you were a senator, would you vote with the president or against the president?

GIULIANI: I would vote to preserve the option for women. I think that choice is a very difficult one. It’s a very, very — it’s one in which people of conscience have very, very different opinions. I think the better thing for America to do is to leave that choice to the woman, because it affects her probably more than anyone else.

— Psycheout


  1. Senator,Thank you for keeping your promise.You are the best!

    Comment by Heather Anderson — April 18, 2007 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  2. After a mostly awful week, this is really great news! I remember being disappointed in the Harriet Miers nomination. I’m glad that Senator Brownback fought for someone better. Hooray for life!

    Comment by Becky — April 18, 2007 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  3. Would the Senator be kind enough to point out to me the passage in the Constitution that protects unborn children?

    “it is completely in line with the respect for life that is at the very heart of our Constitution. ”

    So says Brownback, but the Great Document’s only mention of the topic is to grant citizenship, where appropriate, at birth.

    I say, at birth. Which would tend to indicate that the Constitution was never intended to protect persons not yet born.

    Would it not?

    Comment by JackALopez — April 18, 2007 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  4. Ever heard of life, liberty and the persuit of happiness, Jack? It’s hard to enjoy any of these after an abortionist sucks out your brains and crushes your skull.

    OK, that’s not in the Constitution, rather it’s from the Declaration of Independence. But where in the Constitution is this imaginary right to abortion granted?

    Comment by Psycheout — April 18, 2007 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  5. Hallelujah! It’s about time. I’m glad Miers didn’t make it. Who knows how she would have voted.

    This is just the beginning. Look out Roe.

    Comment by Red State Guy — April 18, 2007 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  6. Finally, Something both our sides can see eye-to-eye on. Great job by SCOTUS.

    Comment by Matt A. — April 18, 2007 @ 4:51 pm | Reply

  7. I commend the Senator on his efforts against abortion, and especially on putting the kibosh on Harriet’s nomination. It is really a victory for pro-lifers.

    I do have dispute though in your article that with the statement “Romney is only a convenient convert after being pro-abortion quite recently”. Had you excluded the word “convenient” your statement would be correct. You have the facts before you Psycheout, regarding Romney’s stance on abortion, but you choose to ignore them. All readers of this blog should know that Romney’s record as Governor is perfect concerning the right to life. All four times the issue came across his desk as Governor, he always sided with the pro-life viewpoint. His actions since also indicate sincerity of his conversion. Readers of this blog should research it for themselves, instead of taking Psycheout’s word for it. You can withhold your support of Romney for whatever reason you want, even for the fact that he has not been on board with the pro-life movement as long as Brownback, that is fine. But to say that Romney is not squarely with the pro-life movement is a lie. No issue has more importance to me as does abortion. As such, I fully support Governor Romney in his bid for the presidency. I am not though, a one issue voter. If that were so Brownback and Romney would be equal in my eyes. Add in the other issues and I believe Romney has the edge. That is my own personal opinion, and you are entitled to yours, as well. Please look at the Governor’s record if you are not sure about him, and don’t let your opinions be told to you by someone else.

    Comment by Nate G. — April 18, 2007 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  8. At last, a victory for the unborn! As far as Romney goes, even if he were to get the nomination, he’d be hard-pressed to get my vote. I’ve read enough about the guy to know he’s not on my side. I’ll keep reading, though.

    Comment by Anti-Media — April 18, 2007 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  9. I do commend Nate for trying to make his case and Blogs 4 Brownback for allowing him to do so on their site.

    Comment by Anti-Media — April 18, 2007 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  10. To Senator Brownback’s credit, he is probably the only GOP nominee who has been consistent in his stands on this issue. McCain has also been pretty firm in the RTL camp, but not nearly as much as Sen. Brownback.

    While all of the GOP candidates praised this decision, I think that your candidate deserves special kudos.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 18, 2007 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

  11. Thanks for your post on my blog. I read your blog posts and found that you have Chick tracts on it. Are you aware of his profound anti-Catholic hatred ? I would appreciate you removing his link because you will lose all credibility in trying to support Brownback who stands for everything JTC hates. Please remove your link to him because it makes the readers wonder whether you are attempting to cover all bases to drum up support.

    Comment by tiber jumper — April 18, 2007 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  12. Thanks, tiber jumper, I will look into this.

    Comment by Psycheout — April 18, 2007 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  13. I hope as time goes by, avoiceofreason, Senator Brownback will become our candidate.

    Comment by Psycheout — April 18, 2007 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  14. Only a sick bastard would support ripping a baybe out of the woumb and crushing its skull.

    Sorry about my langwage but this makes me realy mad.

    Comment by JOE — April 18, 2007 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

  15. I have great respect for Sen. Brownback. If he is the nominee I would have no problem voting for him.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 18, 2007 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  16. This rocks! Thank you, Senator Brownback!

    Comment by Jodi — April 18, 2007 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  17. This is a glorious day for the children of America! Finally, our nation is on course to becoming a moral nation again.

    Comment by Sisyphus — April 19, 2007 @ 5:01 am | Reply

  18. Abortion is one the main reasons I support Sam Brownback. I would do anything for him to come to Maine to our rally against a current bill in the legislature we are having a rally next Thursday the liberals in Maine want to force us taxpayers to pay for abortions. I believe Sam Brownback would be an effective voice against this bill. Our 2 Senators are dead weights on the issue they both support abortions at their hearts. Having Brownback here would also create alot of support in key neighbor to the NH primary state. But that is just some thoughts hopefully they to into ideas and perhaps the Senator showing up. 🙂

    Comment by Jason — April 19, 2007 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  19. This is a victory for all the millions of Pro-Lifers around the country who are fighting for life. Take heart and lets take the fight forward and end the tragedy of abortion. Senator Brownback is the man who has exemplified leadership in this cause and he has my thanks and support.

    To the gentleman who is not a Constitutional law scholar asking where the right to life is in the Constitution, this case did not involve that legal question. The only question is whether the so-called “right to privacy” extends to override laws made through the Democratic process that protect partially born human beings from brutal slaughter. Now it does. I hope your strict constructionist emphasis on Constitutional interpretation will lead you to oppose the abortionists and their mysterious right to privacy that is naught to be found in the Constitution.

    One day though it would be great for someone to take the case to the Supreme Court that all human life should be protected under our Constitution. Should be a pretty good equal protection argument under the 14th Amendment. Thanks for bringing it up.

    Comment by Noonan — April 19, 2007 @ 7:23 pm | Reply

  20. That last update, #4. Wow. Rudy really is a putz, isn’t he? And I agree with Noonan 100%.

    Comment by Red State Guy — April 19, 2007 @ 11:32 pm | Reply

  21. Good luck, Jason. Rally for life!

    Comment by Anti-Media — April 20, 2007 @ 12:06 am | Reply

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