by Steven Ertelt
June 22, 2007
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Campaigning in Ames, Iowa, the site of an August straw poll that will be a preview of the January caucuses in this first primary state, Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback renewed his vow to appoint the next justice to overturn Roe v. Wade. The GOP presidential candidate has made opposing abortion a top theme of his campaign.
"We can get it done," Brownback told a crowd of about 100 people, according to the Des Moines Register.
"We’re one justice away, and if we lose this we’re going to be two or three judges away from overturning this thing that is wrong," he said.
This is the second time that Brownback has said he would like to nominate the next Supreme Court justice who could provide the fifth vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“We’re one vote shy on the Supreme Court. I want to be the president to appoint that justice,“ the GOP contender told several hundred pro-life advocates at the National Right to Life convention in Kansas City last week.
The Supreme Court recently upheld the national ban on partial-birth abortions on a 5-4 vote with Justice Anthony Kennedy joining four members of the court widely considered to be the most open to overturning the landmark abortion decision.
However, Kennedy remains pro-abortion and supportive of keeping Roe in place. As a result, he or one of the other pro-abortion justices must be replaced for the pro-life movement to have its fist chance at reversing Roe.
There is some thought that President Bush may have one more chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice before his second term expires.
Other candidates have joined Brownback in saying they favor the overturning of Roe v. Wade, including John McCain and Mitt Romney as well as Fred Thompson, who has not yet officially declared a candidacy.