Abortion supporters wasted no time in expressing their joy at the news that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly last week.
Scalia was found dead on Saturday morning at a Texas resort, LifeNews reported. Authorities say he died of natural causes. He was 79.
Many pro-life groups mourned Scalia’s death over the weekend, calling him a pro-life hero for consistently rejecting the flawed reasoning of Roe v. Wade. In numerous interviews, Scalia called Roe bad case law and said he would vote to overturn it if a case reached his desk.
But some liberal and abortion activists rushed in to celebrate the passing of the conservative justice, whose spot on the high court could be filled by a liberal justice appointed by President Barack Obama. The U.S. Senate could stop an Obama nominee from being appointed, however.
Medial Research Council reporter Kristine Marsh said many in the media treated Scalia’s death respectfully, but some “far-left journalists” could not even wait until Scalia’s body was cold in the ground to attack his past actions.
David Ehrlich, a staff writer for Rolling Stone, tweeted several rude remarks on Saturday, the same day Scalia was found dead.
when you go to harass women outside of planned parenthood tomorrow, be sure to hold your fetus poster at half-mast. out of respect. #Scalia
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) February 13, 2016
Silvia Killingsworth from The New Yorker sent out a tweet implying that Scalia was in Hell, and Charles Manning of Cosmopolitan similarly tweeted, “The devil is back in Hell! Yay!” with a link to a story about Scalia’s death, according to Breitbart. Manning’s tweet later appeared to be removed. Another tweet that later was deleted came from Jarry Lee, an editor at BuzzFeed. According to Breitbart, Lee tweeted, “saying that a racist bigot is a racist bigot isn’t ‘speaking ill’ just facts tbh.” BuzzFeed’s Rachel Zarrell also appears to have deleted her tweet of a party hat signaled that she was celebrating Scalia’s death. Vocativ’s Senior Sports Editor Tomas Rios eschewed all subtlety and civility when he tweeted that Scalia was a “monster.”
And liberal journalist Dan Savage’s tweet was just repugnant.
Dedicating the rest of this weekend’s marital sodomy to the memory of Antonin Scalia.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) February 13, 2016
Extreme abortion supporter Amanda Marcotte of Salon tweeted that Scalia’s untimely death must be a sign that “God approves of abortion.”
I guess it’s settled: God approves of abortion.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) February 13, 2016
Marcotte’s tweet may hint at abortion activists hopes for an important abortion case out of Texas that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear in March. In Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the high court will consider whether Texas House Bill 2 creates an “undue burden” for women to get abortions by requiring that abortion facilities meet certain health and safety standards. The law has been credited with saving the lives of more than 10,000 unborn children.
Scalia was one of four consistently pro-life justices on the Supreme Court. With Scalia gone, the outcome of the court’s decision on the Texas case remains even more uncertain. Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are expected to uphold the law, while Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonya Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Steven Breyer will likely overturn it. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s position is uncertain.
On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not vote on an Obama nominee to the court but will wait until a new president takes office next spring, LifeNews reported.
Leading pro-life advocates agree the Senate should not vote on Scalia’s replacement until after a new president has been selected.
Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest told LifeNews, “His loss is tragic, and we hope that when it comes time for the Senate to vote on his replacement, that a worthy successor who can pick up his banner can be found after the election.”
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, said: “With the passing of Justice Scalia, the future of the High Court and the future of America is hanging in the balance. The Senate must not confirm any nominee to the Supreme Court from President Obama. The Senate must hold off any confirmation until the next President is seated. Unfortunately the presidential debates have been more theater and less substance about the real issues surrounding the Supreme Court. The election of the next President has now taken on even greater importance. The future of the Supreme Court and America now depends on the Senate blocking any nominee by President Obama and the people electing the right person to occupy the White House.”