One of America’s pro-life leaders will oversee the swearing-in of another pro-life leader.
During the presidential election, pro-life voters were enthused about the prospect of pro-life champion Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor, as the next vice president. With the election of Donald Trump as president, Mike Pence will take over the vice presidential position from pro-abortion Joe Biden.
On January 20th, Pence will be sworn in and he will be sworn in by pro-life hero Justice Clarence Thomas a member of the Supreme Court.
The choice of Thomas, 68, is also historic as he becomes the first black American to administer the oath of office to either of the nation’s highest office-holders. In 1993, Vice President-elect Al Gore wanted retired Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black justice to sit on the court, to administer his oath. But Thomas was too ill, so Gore turned to then-Justice Byron White.
Known for almost never questioning lawyers who argue before the high court, Thomas has a record of voting the conservative line in cases ranging from abortion to campaign finance to the constitutionality of Obamacare.
Historically, the chief justice swears in the U.S. president and Donald Trump will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. But vice presidents have been sworn in by various officials. Then Sen. Richard Nixon, R.-Calif., in 1953, had the Republican senator from his home state William Knowland to swear him in as vice president, while Lyndon Johnson asked fellow Texan and House Speaker Sam Rayburn to do the honors when he became vice president in 1961.
From the time he was appointed in 1991, Thomas’s views on the Constitutionality of abortion have been giving hope to pro-lifers and causing fury among abortion activists. He marked his 25th year on the court on Oct. 23.
Back in the 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Thomas joined in the conservative justices’ dissent, which stated, “We believe that Roe was wrongly decided, and that it can and should be overruled …”
The African American justice has been consistent in his opposition to abortion on the court. This summer, he wrote a strong dissent in the Texas case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which a majority of the justices struck down regulations that required abortion facilities to meet basic health and safety standards.
Thomas said the majority of justices were doing the bidding of the abortion industry and deciding to “bend the rules” to create a “putative right to abortion.”
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During the election, Pence took a solid pro-life view articulating the case that society will be judged by how it defends its most vulnerable persons — including unborn children the disabled and the elderly.
Borrowing a quote from Mother Teresa, Governor Pence said that we ought to “welcome children into the world.”
“I would tell you — the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief that ancient principle where God says before you were formed in the womb I knew you, and so for my first time in public life, I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life,” Pence said during the debate. “Society will be judged by how it defends its most vulnerable – the aged, the infirm, the disabled, and the unborn.”
“The state of Indiana is also — sought to make sure we expand alternatives and healthcare counseling for women — non- abortion alternatives. I’m also pleased with the fact we are well on our way in Indiana to becoming most pro- adoption state in America. I think you’ll be pro-life you should be pro- adoption,” Pence continued.