Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Nothing Qualifies Judge to Create Abortion Right

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Justice Antonin Scalia is one of the most outspoken jurists on the Supreme Court when it comes to talking about abortion. Scalia repeated the mantra on Monday that he's presented to college students and community forums about how the high court doesn't have the power to declare a right to abortion. During a speech at Utah State University's Taggart Student Center, where 1,700 people came to hear the respected judge tell it like it is, Scalia criticized those jurists who engage in what he called "abstract moralizing." In addition to faulty decisions like Roe v. Wade, Scalia said it results in a corrupt political process where citizens and politicians expect new judges to "rewrite" the U.S. Constitution and make policy decisions normally reserved for legislatures. "These are social preferences that can only be handled in a political process," he said. Scalia touted his "originalist" views whereby he says the Constitution has a fixed and knowable meaning established at the time of its drafting. "I'm questioning the sanity of having value-laden decisions being made by unelected judges," he said. "Nothing I learned at Harvard or in my practice of law qualifies me to decide whether there is a right to abortion or to assisted suicide." Full story at LifeNews.com.

Pro-Abortion Women's Group Says Sarah Palin Making it Support Barack Obama

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-abortion women's group says John McCain's selection of pro-life Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is forcing it to endorse Barack Obama. However, the so-called National Organization for Women (NOW) has already met with Obama and heaped words of praise on his running mate. NOW president Kim Gandy said on Tuesday that the Palin pick has forced its hand and made it so the organization is forced to back Obama for president. "NOW is going to be endorsing the Obama-Biden ticket," she told NPR. She said her group "very, very rarely endorses in a general election" but "the addition of Sarah Palin gave us a new sense of urgency." "She is being portrayed as a supporter of women's rights ... as a feminist when in fact her positions on so many of the issues are really anathema to ours," Gandy said about Palin's pro-life stance. "There's no question that a lot of women think it's a great thing for a woman to be running for vice president," Gandy said on NPR. "But they are completely dismayed when they find out her positions." Yet, the idea that NOW is only backing Obama because of Palin doesn't square with its actions and Gandy's own comments. NOW heaped praise on Joe Biden, the pro-abortion Delaware senator Obama chose as his vice-presidential running mate. She also admitted at the time that her group would be opposing McCain. Full story at LifeNews.com.

Jane Fonda to Give Keynote for Arizona Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) -- Actress turned political activist Jane Fonda will continue her abortion advocacy next month when she headlines an event for Arizona Planned Parenthood. Fonda will deliver the keynote address for the abortion business at its annual Founders' Celebration, an event to honor volunteers and raise money. The event will be held on October 18 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix and proceeds benefit the pro-abortion group. When Jane Fonda reportedly converted to Christianity in 2001, some pro-life advocates hoped the political activist would part ways with her radically pro-abortion former husband Ted Turner. However, Fonda continued to trumpet abortion and her Arizona appearance follows a keynote address at a Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando fundraiser in May. "I am a big believer in the work that Planned Parenthood does," she told the Sentinel newspaper before that event. Though Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the United States, breaking $1 billion last fiscal year in revenue thanks to more than 250,000 abortions, Fonda says it's the organization's sex education that attracts her. Full story at LifeNews.com.