Planned Parenthood Panicked After Justice Anthony Kennedy Retires: “Right to Abortion is on the Line”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 27, 2018   |   4:03PM   |   Washington, DC

The abortion giant Planned Parenthood is panicking after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday.

A swing vote on the court, Kennedy sometimes sided with pro-life advocates by upholding limits on abortion but he continually upheld Roe v. Wade and its allowance for basically unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy.

His retirement means President Donald Trump will have the opportunity to appoint a second Supreme Court justice who could be a deciding vote in overturning Roe v. Wade and restoring rights for unborn babies in America.

Naturally, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry are hysterical.

The radical pro-abortion group NARAL also sent out an alarm on Twitter, saying Kennedy’s retirement will be devastating for abortion. Its president, Ilyse Hogue, warned that Roe v. Wade is “in grave danger” with a second Trump nominee on the way.

The Center for Reproductive Rights ironically claimed “the rights of all Americans” now are at risk, ignoring that abortion destroys the rights of unborn Americans.

Political commentators also noted the significance of Kennedy’s retirement and the abortion issue. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said abortion could become illegal in 20 states within the next two years if Trump picks a pro-life justice, The Hill reports.

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Many speculate that Trump will choose a nominee very soon and the U.S. Senate will move swiftly with the nomination before the mid-term elections. Republicans narrowly control the Senate, which confirms judicial nominees. If the Senate swings to pro-abortion Democrats in the fall, it almost certainly would block Trump’s judicial nominees.

Since 1973, pro-lifers have been yearning for the day when the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v Wade. Although the high court has been closely divided over the years, it has always stayed at least one vote on the pro-abortion side.

Kennedy has been one of those votes in favor of keeping Roe vs Wade in place.

Although Kennedy was expected to be like the other Republican-appointed members of the Supreme Court, he has wandered away from the pro-life position on abortion a number of times. Generally, he has sided with the pro-abortion justices on abortion cases, as he did in 2016 when the court struck down a Texas abortion clinic regulations law. However, he has sided with pro-life justices on a few occasions, including his decision to uphold the partial-birth abortion ban in 2007 and, this week, the decision to block a California law that forced pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortions.

Trump promised to nominate “pro-life” justices to the high court, and Kennedy’s retirement could mean a pro-life justice would fill his spot and swing the court toward life-affirming decisions.

Several other liberal justices on the high court also are getting older. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, and Justice Stephen Breyer is 78. Both are strongly pro-abortion, but there are no rumors of their retirement right now.