Planned Parenthood Thanks Justice Stevens, Confident Obama Will Select Abortion Advocate

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Thanks Justice Stevens, Confident Obama Will Select Abortion Advocate

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 12
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The nation’s largest abortion business has released its statement responding to the news that pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens will retire from the Supreme Court this summer. Planned Parenthood thanks Stevens for his advancing abortion and says it is confident President Barack Obama will select an abortion advocate to replace him.

"Stevens has served the American people with dignity and distinction," Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said in a statement.

“During his long and productive tenure as an associate justice, he protected and strengthened individual liberties embodied in our nation’s Constitution and Bill of Rights, respected legal precedent that is fundamental to the fabric of our society, and upheld the letter of the law," Richards said.

Richards pointed to Stevens’ opinion in the landmark Supreme Court case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which saw the high court affirm the Roe v. Wade ruling that has resulted in 52 million abortions.

"Roe is an integral part of a correct understanding of both the concept of liberty and the basic equality of men and women," Stevens wrote at the time.

Stevens quoted Justice Thurgood Marshall, saying: “Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.” And he concluded, ‘The same holds true for the power to control women’s bodies.’"

Richards responded, “We thank Justice Stevens for his service to the American people and for his fundamental understanding of what freedom means to women. We honor his legacy."

She expressed confident that Obama will select an equally ardent abortion proponent.
“As President Obama now turns to selecting a new justice for the court, we have full confidence that he will choose someone who will stand equally strong for" abortion, she said.

Her comments follow those from NARAL and NOW, two pro-abortion groups that reminded Obama he needs to pick an equally strong pro-abortion activist to replace Stevens. https://www.LifeNews.com/nat6235.html

"Given the current composition of the court, we will assess the eventual nominee’s complete record on privacy and other relevant issues in the same way we did during Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation process," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said.

"One thing is certain: opponents of women’s freedom and privacy will use this vacancy on the court as an opportunity to further their attacks on nominees who have taken pro-choice positions," Keenan added.

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