Cultural Revolutions

Judge Roberts

As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider President George W. Bush’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, there seems to be a certain ambiguity about Judge Roberts’ position on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortion-on-demand the “law of the land.”  On the one hand, he is on record as saying that Roe was incorrectly decided and should be changed.  On the other hand, in his 2003 hearings as a nominee for his present post, he said that it is “settled law.”  What does he believe?  And what will be his decision, if confirmed, when he has a chance to revoke or to reaffirm that fateful mandate, which makes the United States the most abortion-prone country in the world?  Even the laws of communist China, where women are often compelled to abort, authorize it only during the first three months; ours permit it during the entire nine months of pregnancy.  What Roberts really thinks, and how he will act, is not altogether clear.  Even less clear is what President Bush thinks and will do during his second term.

It is evident that President Bush owes his reelection, and his grand margin of victory, to support he received from pro-lifers and advocates of traditional sexual morality.  After his sweeping victory, representatives of the pro-life movements that had supported him and prayed for him tired in attempting to persuade...

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