Abortion is an Abomination!

Abortion is an abomination because it kills babies. How many Republican politicians have you heard state that simple scientific fact? Not enough, surely.

The reluctance of Republicans to state the simple truth helped circumnavigate the issue and, despite numerous assurances by these conservative Republicans, it took 50 YEARS(!) to get rid of the shoddiest legal decision in Supreme Court history. Republicans never got together behind a necessary (still) Human Life Amendment, but gave us a Hyde Amendment to stop abortion funding. This saved some lives – but again, a half-measure.

The Reagan years brought more of the same on the pro-life front. While Reagan did justice to the pro-life Dr. Bernard Nathanson and his historic film The Silent Scream, his administration had only priority #10 pro-lifers.

In the crucial area of judicial appointments, Reagan was a disaster. While he did give us Antonin Scalia and elevated William Rehnquist to chief justice, he also gave us massive failures. In the 1980s, the media decided the country needed women judges, so Republicans dutifully reached out for Republican women lawyers and found many of them indistinguishable from Democrat women lawyers. For the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, Reagan selected Sandra Day O’Connor of Arizona.

Bad as the selection of O’Connor was, it was not Reagan’s worst decision in the matter. That came when Reagan designated a young, conservative Washington, D.C., attorney, well thought of by Republicans, to do the vetting of his judicial choices, particularly for the Supreme Court. That lawyer was one Kenneth Starr, who would go on to bungle the Clinton investigations, disgrace Baylor University, and broker a sweetheart deal for Jeffrey Epstein with the Department of Justice.

At the time that Reagan was considering Sandra O’Connor and Starr was doing the vetting of her, the vice president of National Right to Life was from Arizona and was familiar with O’Connor. And she was raising alarms. Yet Starr never interviewed the VP of National Right to Life. Once again, conservative Republicans not giving the pro-life movement a second or third thought.

O’Connor was given the pass, Reagan appointed her, and the whole country suffered from her inappropriate placement. Reagan would go on to abandon Robert Bork and give us the towering ego and dwarf legal mind of Anthony Kennedy, who has only recently stopped hurting the country.

At the end of the Reagan years, pro-lifers arose and gifted America with the largest movement of civil disobedience in our history: Operation Rescue, which outnumbered the arrests of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights movement by a ratio of seven to one. Many attributed the pro-lifers’ zeal to the failure of the Reagan years to produce measurable gains for the babies.