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Abortion and the importance of state Supreme Courts

by | Nov 8, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis

If ever a pro-lifer needed to know how important state Supreme Courts are, could just refer to Kansas. There the high court has sat on a case for a year which will determine whether a hither unknown “right” to abortion is lurking in the penumbra or emanations of the state Constitution.

Alas, the expectation is that in striking down SB 95, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, the justices will “discover” just such a right.

And, to name just one more example, in 1995 the Minnesota Supreme Court handed down its Doe v. Gomez decision, forcing taxpayers to fund elective abortions performed on low-income women. Over 80,000 unborn children have been killed using taxpayer funds since that ruling.

This is by way of reminding ourselves that in those states where he or she does the appointing, how important it is which individual is elected governor. Likewise in those states which elect their supreme court justices, it’s key that pro-lifers know which justices respect their own state constitutions. Two examples follow, one of each.

Charles Cooke, over at National Review Online, wrote a lengthy article about pro-life Republican successes in Florida. * He ends with this:

To add insult to injury, [Governor-elect Ron] DeSantis’s election guarantees radical change within the one institution in the state that had remained left-leaning: the state supreme court. At present, the court has a 4-3 “progressive” majority. On DeSantis’s first day in office, he will get to replace three of those four, thereby turning that into a 6-1 “conservative” majority.

And in West Virginia, Mary Anne Buchanan wrote yesterday “West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL-PAC) applauds the victories of endorsed candidates Tim Armstead and Evan Jenkins in the Division 1 and 2 State Supreme Court races.”

Well done!

*Pro-life Gov. Rick Scott won the contested Florida Senate race over pro-abortion incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson but the margin is small enough that a recount of ballots is automatic.