In a tremendous victory for pro-life advocates, President Barack Obama has admitted defeat on the Supreme Court nomination of pro-abortion judge Merrick Garland.
Leading pro-life organizations strenuously opposed Garland’s nomination and urged Republican lawmakers to prevent a vote on his nomination until the election of a new president. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised the Senate would never vote on Garland’s nomination and kept his promise all the way through this month’s election of President-elect Donald Trump.
Thanks to McConnell another Republican leaders in the Senate, Trump will have the ability to nominate a potential Supreme Court Justice to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia. Had he and GOP Senators allowed a vote, Scalia would have been replaced by an abortion advocate who could have kept virtually unlimited abortion in place for another four decades.
Now Obama has admitted that Garland’s nomination will not take place and that the Senate will not vote. Here is more from the Washington Times:
The White House conceded Tuesday that President Obama has lost two of his most important battles, surrendering on a massive free-trade deal and the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.
On the Garland nomination, the White House conceded that his nomination is essentially dead, although Mr. Obama doesn’t intend to withdraw his nomination to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
“His treatment and the way this situation is likely to end is a scar on the institution of the United States Senate,” Mr. Earnest said. “It is a scar that I do not anticipate will go away quickly.”
Garland doesn’t have a long paper trail when it comes to the issue of abortion, but he sided with the majority in one case that forced a pro-life group to obey the HHS mandate — requiring organizations to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
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Garland joined in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in November 2014, which concluded last year that the HHS mandate doesn’t abrogate the religious freedoms of Priests for Life or 11 other religious groups that also challenged the mandate.
Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that can cause very early abortions. But Garland’s court ruled against the pro-life groups.
Garland’s decision would put him squarely against the then-majority of the Supreme Court and would have someone who oppose religious liberty for pro-life groups replace a champion of it in Justice Scalia.
After President Barack Obama’s nomination of liberal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business was spotted entering the White House.
The abortion corporation praised Garland and demanded the Senate hold a vote on is nomination.
On Facebook, Planned Parenthood praise Garland, saying, “Here’s what you need to know about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland: He’s an intelligent, highly accomplished judge with a record of bipartisan support. There is no reason for the Senate GOP leadership to obstruct justice and refuse to give Judge Garland a fair hearing.”
Top pro-life groups told LifeNews.com that nothing has changed since Scalia’s passing in terms of their opposition to a vote on any Obama Supreme Court nominee. They say anyone Obama nominates for the Supreme Court will vote to uphold abortion on demand, ergo they will oppose a vote on Garland’s nomination.
Leading pro-life advocates agree the Senate should not vote on Scalia’s replacement until after a new president has been selected.
Garland has praised the author of Roe v. Wade and said his court paper are “the greatest gift to the country.” And information has surfaced showing that his former clerks have gone on to serve liberal judges by a 3-1 margin.