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For Right to Life

Daily News

Monday, November 03, 2008

Makeup of U.S. Supreme Court Hangs in the Balance


A single appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether Roe v. Wade remains the law.


"This is a historic election," Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, told USA Today. "With the next president having the opportunity to appoint one, two or even more justices," the election could change the law "on the life issue."


During the final presidential debate, Sen. John McCain repeated his opposition to Roe v. Wade, saying, "I think that decisions (regarding abortion laws) should rest in the hands of the states."


Meanwhile, Sen. Barack Obama described himself as "somebody who believes that Roe v. Wade was rightly decided."


The winning candidate could make a series of life-tenured appointments: Five of the nine Supreme Court justices are 70 or older. The two eldest, John Paul Stevens, 88, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, support abortion. The three other justices who have voted to uphold Roe are Anthony Kennedy, 72; Stephen Breyer, 70; and David Souter, 69.


Contact: Jennifer Mesko

Source: CitizenLink

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Publish Date: October 31, 2008

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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.