Singer Barbara Streisand may have a beautiful voice but she does not always use it well.
On Monday, the 74-year-old singer and actress urged President Barack Obama to bypass the Constitution and appoint liberal judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court without the U.S. Senate’s approval.
“If you are concerned about the Supreme Court, please consider going to this website and signing a petition asking President Obama to ‘appoint’ Merrick Garland,” Streisand wrote on her website. “According to the Washington Post, he has the power to do this since Congress has refused to vote, and apparently that can be considered a waiver of its rights to advise and consent. If there are 100,000 signatures, the White House must give this its consideration.”
Obama nominated Garland, a federal appeals court judge in Washington, D.C., to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat in the spring, but U.S. Senators have not confirmed the nomination. Leading pro-life groups have said Garland would be another reliably liberal and pro-abortion judge on the Supreme Court.
Streisand, an abortion advocate, and others like her do not want President-elect Donald Trump to fill the seat. Trump promised to nominate a justice who would be “pro-life” and conservative.
Streisand supported pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, according to The Smoke Room. Two years ago, she also was involved in a fundraiser for EMILY’s List, which tries to get pro-abortion women elected to political offices. Streisand also has donated thousands of dollars to pro-abortion candidates over the years.
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser previously told LifeNews that anyone Obama nominates for the Supreme Court will vote to uphold abortion on demand.
“The President should not be permitted one last opportunity to stack the Court with pro-abortion Justices,” Dannenfelser said in March.
She said her pro-life group was calling on the Senate to not hold a confirmation vote.
“Appointing Justices to the Supreme Court is a shared responsibility between the President and Senate. We thank Leader McConnell and Senator Grassley for standing firm in their resolution to hold the confirmation process until we have a new president. Susan B. Anthony List is immediately mobilizing our pro-life grassroots across the country to stand strong with them. The next Supreme Court pick belongs to the President elected by the people in November,” Dannenfelser said.
Trump’s election has produced a lot of speculation about the future of abortion laws in the U.S. On several occasions, Trump promised to appoint “pro-life” justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Previously when Trump was asked if Roe v. Wade would be overturned by judges he would appoint, Trump said that would be the case.
“Well, if that would happen because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges,” Trump said. “Well if we put another two or perhaps three justices on that’s really what’s going to be — that will happen. It’ll happen automatically in my opinion because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”
During a 60 Minutes interview Sunday on CBS, however, Trump noted that it could be a long time before Roe is overturned.
“Well, we’ll see what happens,” he said. “It’s got a long way to go, just so you understand. That has a long, long way to go.”