In November 2008, just after the historic election of Barack Obama, I wrote a piece titled, "Pro-Life Death?"” I noted that America’s choice of Obama as president and, equally important, of a massive liberal majority in Congress, constituted the death of the pro-life movement as we know it. That is, the pro-life movement had sought to reverse abortion through legislative action and the courts, and had made tremendous gains through eight years of George W. Bush—enough to place the nation at a crucial turning point. Unfortunately, we failed to turn the corner on Election Day 2008, instead moving in the exact opposite direction.
It was a moment of decision, one authorized by millions of pro-life Christian voters, many of whom gave this go-ahead to the Death Culture unwittingly, oblivious to the ramifications of their choice at the voting booth that day. According to CNN exit polling, 45 percent of Protestants and 53 percent of Catholics voted for Obama, giving the green light to a man who was without question the most radical abortion advocate of any serious presidential nominee in the history of America.
Seconding Yoest is Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, which backs pro-life women who run for office. “Kagan has been a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda,” says Dannenfelser. Among other things, Kagan “vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions.” Dannenfelser added: “If confirmed to sit on the Supreme Court, Kagan will serve as a rubber stamp for President Obama's radical pro-abortion agenda."
Dr. Kevin Roberts, executive director of Catholic Families for America, says Kagan has been “actively hostile … to the unborn,” and expresses “grave concerns” about Kagan’s “dangerous internationalism”—i.e., a disturbing recent trend among certain “progressive”/activist judges to cite, say, European Union law rather than the U.S. Constitution.
On the other side of the divide, Terry O’Neill, president of the adamantly “pro-choice” National Organization for Women, says her group “applauds” Kagan’s nomination.
Let’s bring this back to the big picture:
Kagan is Obama’s second court pick into a year-and-a-half presidency, with the previous being Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor, like Kagan, is very young by court standards. Both could live long enough to spend 30 years on the court—longer if they match Stevens’ longevity.
They are merely two picks by President Obama. Next, Obama will likely replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With those three picks alone, Obama should be able to ensure three more decades of Roe v. Wade. Thus far in America, Roe has given birth to 52 million legal abortions. Will the next 30-some years produce another 50 million?