In my last post (Part I) I began to expose the indisputable pro-choice record of Republican presidents regarding abortion and Supreme Court appointments. This post will take a closer look at the specifics through a simple, straightforward breakdown of how Republican appointed justices voted in the landmark abortion rulings of Roe v. Wade (1973), Doe v. Bolton (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). If you thought the evidence presented in my last email was troubling, it gets even worse as more facts are revealed.
Roe v. Wade (1973) is the sweeping landmark decision that declared abortion a "constitutional right" (with with almost no regard to precedent). It's lesser known companion case, Doe v. Bolton (1973), was decided on the same day. Doe v. Bolton established an extremely broad definition of "health" that would deceptively prevent states from prohibiting abortions during any stage of pregnancy. Both cases were decided by a vote of 7-2, with all of the justices voting the same way for both cases.
The two justices that opposed both decisions were: Byron White (appointed by John F. Kennedy, Democrat) and William Renquist (appointed by Richard Nixon, Republican). The seven justices that voted in the majority were: William Douglas (appointed by Franklin Roosevelt, Democrat), William J. Brennan and Potter Stewart (both appointed by Dwight Eisenhower, Republican), Thurgood Marshall (appointed by Lyndon Johnson, Democrat), Warren Burger, Harry Blackmun and Lewis Powell (all three appointed by Richard Nixon, Republican).
Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) upheld the decision of Roe v. Wade (by a closer vote of 5-4). Consequently, legalized abortion was secured for another 25 years by just a single vote. The four justices that voted against the ruling were: Byron White (appointed by John F. Kennedy, Democrat), William Renquist (appointed by Richard Nixon, Republican), Antonin Scalia (appointed by Ronald Reagan, Republican), and Clarence Thomas (appointed by George H.W. Bush, Republican). The five justices in the majority opinion were: Harry Blackmun (appointed by Richard Nixon, Republican), John Paul Stevens (appointed by Gerald Ford, Republican), Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy (both appointed by Ronald Reagan, Republican), and David Souter (appointed by George H.W. Bush, Republican).
What stands out about all three of these landmark Supreme Court abortion rulings is that Republican Presidents appointed the vast majority of pro-choice justices who voted in favor of these decisions. In the case of Roe v. Wade, Republican Presidents appointed 5 of the 7 justices who voted in the pro-choice majority. If that fact isn't disturbing enough, not even one of the pro-choice votes in Planned Parenthood v. Casey came from a Democratic-appointed judge. All five pro-choice votes came from Republican-appointed judges! Republican Presidents appointed so many pro-choice judges that if all the votes from the Democratic-appointed judges were removed, both decisions would not have changed! Republican Presidents were so consistent in appointing pro-choice judges that they were able to secure the critical pro-choice majorities in both decisions without any help from Democratic presidents. This means Democratic-appointed justices were not even needed to both legalize and protect "abortion on demand" in America.
Do you still think Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and the rest of the Republican presidents were pro-life?
Matthew 7:16 "You will fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?" ~The Amplified Bible (Classic Edition)
"It is no use dealing with illusions and make-believes. We must look at the facts. The world is too dangerous for anyone to be able to nurse illusions. We must look at realities." ~Winston Churchill