Janet Reno, the pro-abortion attorney general under pro-abortion President Bill Clinton, has passed away. Reno, who was the first female us attorney general, died at the age of 78. She died early today from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Reno’s goddaughter Gabrielle D’Alemberte and sister Margaret Hurchalla confirmed her passing to NPR. Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends, D’Alemberte told The Associated Press. She was 78.
In 1995 Reno was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She did not slow down, but her hands sometimes shook so hard you could hear them knocking against the table at a congressional hearing. She even joked about the disease, claiming that “shaking sometimes helps,” as in playing a steel drum or balancing her kayak.
Reno served longer in the job than anyone had in 150 years. And her tenure was marked by tragedy and controversy.
Reno’s death should remind pro-life voters what is at stake this election. The president appoints the attorney general, who will either enforce, or not enforce, laws relating to abortion.
John Ashcroft, President Bush’s first attorney general, used his authority to crack down on abortionists who ignored the new prohibition on partial-birth abortions. And as President Clinton’s attorney general, Janet Reno vigorously prosecuted violators of the Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances (FACE) law, signed in 1994, which thwarts free speech by preventing pro-lifers from ministering to pregnant women seeking abortions.
More recently, pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion Attorney general Loretta Lynch is no friend of the pro-life cause.
She defended partial-birth abortions, and, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lynch admitted to pro-life Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina that she once signed onto a brief the Planned Parenthood abortion business submitted in its legal battle to overturn the Congressional ban on partial-birth abortions. The Supreme Court eventually sided against Planned Parenthood and upheld the ban on the gruesome abortion procedure.
Lynch signed on to an amicus brief in the Partial Birth Abortion case before the Supreme Court where she served as an amici in favor of Planned Parenthood. She argued that the ban against the killing of partially born children was “unconstitutionally vague and threatens the integrity of the criminal justice system.”
As Attorney General she failed to watch the Planned Parenthood expose videos that show the abortion company potentially breaking federal law to sell the body parts of aborted babies. And she refused to say if the Obama administration was enforcing a law to stop allowing babies to die who survive failed abortions.