Pro-Life Leaders: Supreme Court Will Get Major Abortion Change After Election

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Leaders: Supreme Court Will Get Major Abortion Change After Election

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 4
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — In a last-minute reminder to voters about the consequences of the election, pro-life leaders aired an Internet television program on Monday night. Several participants took part in the program, shown on a web site devoted to Christian videos called GodTV.

During the program, Jay Sekulow, the top attorney at the pro-life American Center for Law and Justice law firm, said the Supreme Court will see significant change on the abortion issue depending on the outcome of the elections.

“I think this is the most significant election in our lifetime and I’ll tell you why,” he said.

He explained that the next president will likely appoint two or three new judges to the Supreme Court who will determine the fate of abortion for the next generation.

With Barack Obama promising pro-abortion judges and John McCain promising judges who won’t make up the law from the bench in decisions like Roe v. Wade there is a startling difference between the two presidential hopefuls.

“Let me give you the reality of what that means,” Sekulow said. “I’m 52 years old. The justices that are appointed to the court are usually in their 50’s. That means the next two justices will serve probably for the rest of my life.”

“So you see a majority of Supreme Court put in place right now [are] for the rest of my life and my generation,” Sekulow said. "The impact coming out of this election…all of that is going to be impacted by whoever the occupant of that [White] house is going to be. So there’s a lot of stake.”

Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., founder and chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, also focused on the abortion ramifications.

“What we have is a potential for a sea change in the wrong direction and everything we thought about, [like] reversing Roe v. Wade and everything else, becomes a pipe dream if you have one or two liberal leaning presidents,” he explained.

Jackson said that, if Obama is elected, pro-life Americans need to remind him of his promise to reduce abortions.

“We need to step up and say as Christians, we want to help you do that,” Jackson said during the program. We are willing to come to the table at crisis pregnancy centers. We are willing to come to that table with a myriad of intervention activities, but we need you to use your faith-based initiative money to help us to fund the effort to do that.”

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