Pro-Abortion Merrick Garland Defeated: SCOTUS Rules Senate Doesn’t Have to Vote on Nomination

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 19, 2016   |   2:21PM   |   Washington, DC

It’s over. The Senate does not have to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of pro-abortion Judge Merrick Garland.

A decision by Chief Justice John Roberts essentially kills the nomination. Roberts ruled today on a lawsuit by an attorney who wanted to force the Senate to cast a vote on President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion nominee. He said no.

As a result of the Senate’s decision not to vote on his nomination, Garland is now back he working at a lower federal court. Here’s more:

Chief Justice John Roberts has denied a lawyer’s bid to get the Supreme Court to force the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

Roberts on Monday did not comment in rejecting an emergency appeal by lawyer Steven Michel of New Mexico.

Michel argued that Senate Republicans’ obstruction of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Garland violates Michel’s rights as a voter under the provision of the Constitution that provides for popular election of senators.

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Lower courts had previously dismissed Michel’s case. He filed his suit in the summer, well before the election of Donald Trump seemingly doomed Garland’s nomination.

Meanwhile, Garland soon will resume hearing cases on the federal appeals court in Washington, where he serves as chief judge.

Now, pro-life Advocates will be watching intently to see who president elect Donald Trump nominates to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia. To have any hope of overturning Roe vs. Wade and bringing legal protection for unborn children, Scalia’s replacement needs to be as strongly committed to overturning the pro-abortion decision as he was.