Obama Gives Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Judge Medal of Freedom
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/30/12 5:29 PM
Because he hasn’t done nearly enough to award those who have put abortion on demand in place in the United States and have fostered a society which has seen more than 55 million abortions since 1973, President Barack Obama took another step in saying thanks to the abortion industry.
In a ceremony on Thursday, Obama awarded a Presidential medal of Freedom to pro-abortion Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The citation on Steven’s Medal of Freedom lauds him for his commitment to “the noble vision of our nation’s founders.”
Obama described the jurist as “modest, insightful, well-prepared, razor-sharp” but left out any mention of the fact that Stevens is a supporter of abortion on demand and went as far as voting against upholding the constitutionality of the ban on partial-birth abortions.
“He is the third-longest serving Justice in the history of the Court. And Justice Stevens applied, throughout his career, his clear and graceful manner to the defense of individual rights and the rule of law, always favoring a pragmatic solution over an ideological one,” Obama said.
Stevens sounded entirely ideological when defending his ruling against the ban on partial-birth abortions, claiming women are exercising their “liberty” when killing a baby at 5-6 months of pregnancy by partially birthing them and allowing a doctor to jab them with medical scissors.
As CNS News notes:
“That holding–that the word ‘liberty’ in the Fourteenth Amendment includes a woman’s right to make this difficult and extremely personal decision–makes it impossible for me to understand how a State has any legitimate interest in requiring a doctor to follow any procedure other than the one that he or she reasonably believes will best protect the woman in her exercise of this constitutional liberty,” Justice Stevens wrote in his concurring opinion in Stenberg v. Carhart.
During his time on the court, Stevens joined in two Supreme Court opinions specifically arguing that partial-birth abortion was a constitutional right. The first was the majority opinion in Stenberg, the second was the minority opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart.
In this dissent in which Stevens joined, Ginsburg quoted Stevens concurrence in Stenberg and echoed his conclusion by calling “irrational” the majority’s determination that the state had in interest in protecting a child against a partial-birth abortion.
“Even in his final days on the bench, Justice Stevens insisted he was still ‘learning on the job,’” Obama said. “But in the end, we are the ones who have learned from him.”
Stevens hasn’t learned what Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” It’s a lesssn President Obama doesn’t understand either.
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