Yesterday, January 22, marked the forty-seventh anniversary of the Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion-on-demand. Forty-seven years! Since those dreadful decisions, over 60 million helpless innocent unborn babies have been mercilessly (but legally) slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers.
Think about it: An American fifty years of age or younger has no conscious recollection of a country where abortion-on-demand was NOT legal. And the truth is, both major parties and the vast majority of America's pastors and churches are equally culpable for this slaughter of innocents.
The Republican Party touts itself as being "pro-life." The claim is so much hot air. The Supreme Court that voted to legalize abortion-on-demand in the Roe decision was dominated by Republican appointments by a margin of 6 - 3. And 5 of those Republican appointments (Harry Blackmun, Warren Burger, William Brennan, Potter Stewart and Lewis Powell Jr.) voted in favor of Roe, which means the votes of the Democrat-appointed justices were not even needed to pass Roe. For the record, two Democrats voted in support of Roe (William Douglas and Thurgood Marshall) and one Democrat voted against Roe (Byron White). And the only Republican to vote against Roe was William Rehnquist.
Beyond that, the GOP controlled the entire federal government for 4.6 years of G.W. Bush's eight years in office—and they controlled the entire federal government for the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency. They did nothing about Roe v Wade under Bush, and they have done nothing about Roe v Wade under Trump.
While Ron Paul was a congressman, he would routinely introduce the "Sanctity of Life Act" in every congressional term; and the GOP leadership in Congress always let the bill collect dust in the document room and die. President Bush never once voiced his support for the bill. NOT ONCE. All three years of Trump's presidency, Senator Rand Paul has introduced a bill that mirrors the "Sanctity of Life Act," called the "Life at Conception Act." And just as did Bush, Donald Trump has done NOTHING to promote the bill—and Republican leaders again made sure the bill went nowhere.
Had Ron Paul's bill become law, it would have 1) defined life as beginning at conception, and 2) under Article. III. Section. 2. of the U.S. Constitution, completely removed abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court, thereby overturning Roe v Wade. All of this talk about nothing can be done about abortion-on-demand until some magical configuration of the Supreme Court decides to overturn it is just smoke and mirrors. Congress and the President could end abortion-on-demand anytime they wanted to. Plus, never forget that the Supreme Court has been dominated by Republican appointments ever since the Roe decision in 1973—and nothing has been done to overturn Roe. NOTHING!
To add insult to injury, these national "pro-life" organizations such as the "National Right To Life Committee," "Focus On The Family" and the "U.S. Conference Of Catholic Bishops"—and their affiliates at the State level—have consistently OPPOSED Dr. Paul's "Sanctity of Life Act" and State personhood bills. Their reasoning goes something like this: "Since it was a Supreme Court ruling that instituted abortion-on-demand, we must wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a ruling reversing the decision." Such reasoning is pure poppycock!
Montana Pro-Life Coalition President Dr. Ann Bukacek delivered an excellent presentation on how the big "pro-life" organizations such as those listed above are nothing more than controlled opposition and are as much to blame for keeping the Roe decision intact as anything else. Her presentation is entitled Pro-Life Legislation: Fake And Genuine. I urge readers to watch it.
In 1857, the Supreme Court issued its dreadful Dred Scott decision, saying that African slaves were "so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic whenever a profit could be made by it."
Now please tell me, when was the Dred Scott decision ever reversed by the Supreme Court? It wasn't. The Supreme Court never reversed the Dred Scott decision. It was reversed by the passage of the 14th Amendment in 1868. And as you know, a constitutional amendment is an act of the U.S. Congress proposing—and the individual states approving—an amendment. In other words, the Supreme Court wasn't involved in the remedy AT ALL.
It is the responsibility of each branch of Congress to serve as a check and balance to the other two branches. In other words, when the Supreme Court issues an unconstitutional ruling (which the Roe and Doe decisions certainly were), it is the duty of the other two branches, especially Congress, to correct the abridgments of the judicial branch. Why else would Article. III. Section. 2. (along with other provisions) even be in the U.S. Constitution? To suggest that the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the Constitution is antithetical to the principle of federalism upon which America was founded.
I submit that if the Supreme Court is the lone arbiter of the Constitution, the oaths that a President and members of Congress take to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" are absolutely moot and meaningless. Why take an oath to something to which you have no obligation? If the Supreme Court alone is the arbiter of the Constitution, the other two branches of government are not even necessary.
Here is what Thomas Jefferson wrote regarding this fallacious doctrine of judicial supremacy:
"The question whether the judges are invested with exclusive authority to decide on the constitutionality of a law has been heretofore a subject of consideration with me in the exercise of official duties. Certainly there is not a word in the Constitution which has given that power to them more than to the Executive or Legislative branches." (Thomas Jefferson to W. H. Torrance, 1815)
"[The Constitution] meant that its coordinate branches should be checks on each other. But the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch." (Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams, 1804)
"To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps. . . . And their power the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective controul. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal knowing that, to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time & party its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves." (Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820)
"In denying the right [the Supreme Court] usurps of exclusively explaining the Constitution . . . then indeed is our Constitution a complete [act of suicide]. For intending to establish three departments, coordinate and independant, that they might check and balance one another, it has given according to this opinion, to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others; and to that one too which is unelected by, and independent of, the nation. The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape in to any form they please." (Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1819)
These so-called pro-life organizations have been waiting around for forty-seven years for the magical configuration of the Supreme Court to reverse Roe. And in the meantime, over 60 million unborn babies have died. And again I remind you that the Republican Party has dominated the appointments to the Supreme Court during the years following the Roe and Doe decisions in 1973—and continues to dominate the makeup of the Court today.
Donald Trump keeps bragging that he is the most pro-life president America has ever had. Please tell that to the 3.2 million babies who have been murdered in their mothers' wombs since Trump became president. Tell the 3,000 babies who are aborted EVERY DAY since Trump became president how "pro-life" he is.
Not only have Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Washington, D.C., done nothing to overturn Roe, they continue to provide taxpayer funding for abortion providers to the tune of over $500 million annually. That's right. Donald Trump has given Planned Parenthood over $1.7 billion since he became president. Tell me again how "pro-life" Donald Trump is.
Also digest this: These national "pro-life" organizations commonly have retirement benefits built into the contracts of their staff. What does that tell you? It tells me that these organizations have no intention or expectation of Roe v Wade being reversed. I personally believe the major "pro-life" groups mentioned above care NOTHING about ending abortion, because if that actually happened, they wouldn't be able to continue to suck millions of dollars annually from pro-life Christians and conservatives and, thus, keep their plush jobs intact.
At the national and State levels, the so-called pro-life organizations mentioned above lobby AGAINST personhood bills and true pro-life bills such as Ron Paul's "Sanctity of Life Act." They—as much as liberal Democrats—are responsible for Roe v Wade's longevity. "Conservative" legislators like it, because it allows them to tout themselves as being "pro-life" to their constituents without actually doing anything about it, and "pro-life" organizations like it because it allows them to keep up their fundraising efforts—which allows them to stay employed in cushy lobbying jobs—without having to produce anything.
Let me ask you: How many pastors across the country will even bother to raise the moral and scriptural conscience of their congregations to the evils of abortion? How many bother to bring a detailed exegesis on what the Bible teaches regarding the right to life, when life begins and God's laws and principles regarding the killing of unborn children? Come on, be honest. How many of you who attend church each Sunday hear more than a two-minute sound bite once a year about abortion—if even a mention at all?
This helps explain why, according to recent surveys of the women obtaining abortions in America, 70% claim to be Christians, and 40% claim to be regular church attenders. Think of the millions of babies that are being murdered in the womb because America's pastors don't have the courage or moral integrity to teach their congregations the truth about abortion.
Not long ago, I brought a message entitled The Case For The Life Of The Unborn. This message is a thorough examination of both scriptural and scientific evidence that proves life begins at conception and that the constitutional and Natural Law duty of our republic is to protect innocent life.
It seems almost certain that the vast majority of Christians in our country have never once heard an in-depth Biblical exegesis—with supporting medical evidence—about the Natural Law principles of the right to life of the unborn child.
I urge you to order as many of these message DVDs as you can, and give them to as many people as you can—including to your State senators and representatives. Most of the people you give them to will have never heard anything like it before. Who knows? Giving this DVD to someone might even save the life of an unborn child.
You and I both know that the only reason the slaughter of innocents has gone on this long in our country is because the vast majority of pastors and churches are completely silent and apathetic on the subject. Pastors and churches are the nation's moral compass and conscience, and when they are indifferent to a national moral crisis, such as legalized abortion-on-demand, the nation itself remains indifferent.
Culpability for the slaughter of millions of unborn babies lies on the doorstep of a cowardly American church and clergy, on the doorstep of the so-called pro-life organizations mentioned above (which are nothing more than controlled opposition) and on the doorstep of the duplicitous Republican Party as much as on the doorstep of liberal Democrats. It also lies on the doorstep of those Christians who support the State of Israel.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott recently received the "Friends of Zion Award" in Jerusalem. In receiving the award, Abbott told his Zionist benefactors, "Anybody who is an enemy of Israel is an enemy of Texas."
I would counter Abbott by saying: Anybody who is a friend of Israel is an enemy of unborn babies.
The State of Israel is one of the world's foremost proponents of abortion-on-demand. Israel actually pays for a woman's abortion up to and including full-term abortions. That means the government of Israel will pay to kill an unborn baby up to the point of the baby's birth. In fact, Israel's abortion laws are far more liberal than the abortion laws of its Muslim neighbors. And here in America, Jews are among the most outspoken zealots advocating for legalized abortion, arguing that under the teaching of the Talmud, to prohibit abortion is to violate the religious rights of Jewish women to kill their unborn children. (Shhh. Don't let your evangelical Christian Zionist friends know about these things; they might pop a gourd.)
Until genuine pro-life Americans start to figure all of this out, the killing of unborn babies will go on and on.
And to learn more about Judaism's promotion of abortion, read Michael Hoffman's excellent book, Judaism's Strange Gods.
© Chuck Baldwin
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