Justice Anthony Kennedy Won’t Retire Until Barack Obama No Longer President
by Steven Ertelt
July 6, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Justice Anthony Kennedy apparently has told close friends he will not retire from the Supreme Court until pro-abortion Barack Obama is no longer president. Although Kennedy is not supportive of overturning Roe v. Wade, pro-life advocates hope to replace him with a justice who will reverse it.
Kennedy is considered the swing vote on the high court when it comes to abortion as he went along with the four conservative jurists in upholding the national ban on partial-birth abortions.
However, Kennedy has sided with the four pro-abortion members of the court on the matter of Roe itself, the 1973 Supreme Court case that has resulted in more than 52 million abortions.
Today, the New York Daily News reports Kennedy has told friends, family and close associates he plans to stay on the Supreme Court through at least the end of Obama’s term with the hopes he will be replaced by a Republican president
Kennedy turns 74 this month and he has spent 22 years on the Supreme Court, but reportedly doesn’t want to see that legacy undone by a liberal justice.
Under Obama, the Supreme Court has already seen the addition of Sonia Sotomayor, an abortion advocate who is currently in the pro-abortion alliance of justices.
Now, the Senate is currently considering the nomination of Elena Kagan, Obama’s pro-abortion Solicitor General who has been criticized for helping President Bill Clinton keep partial-birth abortions legal longer.
Kagan wrote memos and emails attempting to influence two medical organizations to say the abortions are somehow necessary to protect women’s health, and the Supreme Court cited their opinion in declaring a partial-birth abortion ban unconstitutional until Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion with the four conservatives reversing that decision.
Pro-life groups have described Elena Kagan as the stereotypical judicial activist and abortion advocate.
She clerked for pro-abortion Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she lauded, and her writings dating back to her college days are filled with accolades for judges who took the law into their hands and twisted it for a desired outcome rather than relying on the people through their elected officials.
Kagan helped Bill Clinton defend his veto of a partial-birth abortion ban — the gruesome abortion procedure when a baby is birthed halfway and then jabbed in the head with medical scissors, killing him or her. She helped Clinton find political cover for his decision to keep those abortions legal.
Kagan went as far as advocating that the Clinton administration not only ignore but manipulate the opinion of a national medical group that said there was never any medical justification for killing unborn children halfway out of the birth canal.
Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From LifeNews.com
News Report Receive a free daily email report from LifeNews.com with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.