President-elect Donald Trump has said that, just two weeks after his inauguration, he will nominate somebody to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. One of his leading candidates has taken a strong pro-life position and condemned Roe vs Wade, the Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions.
Judge William Pryor, a member of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, is widely considered to be one of the leading potential nominees for the Supreme Court. In a previous statement, Pryor did not mince words when it comes to his feeling about how wrong and far-reaching the Roe case was decided.
He once called the high court’s decision in the controversial abortion case of Roe v. Wade the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law,” according to the court-watching website Above the Law.
Meanwhile, Pryor told a Senate panel, “I believe that not only is [Roe] unsupported by the text and structure of the Constitution, but it has led to a morally wrong result. It has led to the slaughter of millions of innocent unborn children.”
At the time of his nomination to the appeals court, abortion activists strongly opposed him.
Former NARAL president Nancy Keenan said Pryor was “outside the mainstream” and then Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt claimed “President Bush has decided to re-nominate judges who do not uphold our fundamental human and civil right to make our own childbearing choices.”
How likely is it that Pryor would be selected for the high court? The chances are good if only because and because of his close relationship with pro-life Sen. Jeff Sessions – who Trump nominated to become Attorney General.
Sessions and Pryor met in 1994, when Sessions was running for Alabama attorney general and one web site reports: “After Sessions won, he hired Bill Pryor as his deputy attorney general. Sessions cited Pryor’s work for him, among many other factors, when he spoke glowingly about Pryor at his Eleventh Circuit confirmation hearings.”
Later, Pryor followed Sessions as Alabama’s attorney general in 1997.