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President Joe Biden Can Positively Shape the Moral Tenor of His Presidency with Justice Stephen Breyer’s Successor

Stephen Breyer, longtime U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, is rumored to soon announce his retirement. Americans United for Life thanks Stephen Breyer for his service to the Supreme Court, and upon Justice Breyer’s retirement AUL calls upon President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to nominate a well-qualified, non-ideological, and nonpartisan successor who is capable of transcending the toxic, abortion-driven hysteria that has lately characterized every Supreme Court nominations process.

Senator Joe Biden arguably started America down the path of politicizing and diminishing the Supreme Court when, as chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden was instrumental in torpedoing the nomination of the well-qualified Judge Robert Bork in 1987 and, soon after, prosecuting a public relations campaign in 1991 against the nomination of Clarence Thomas, which now-Supreme Court Justice Thomas described at the time as a “circus” and “national disgrace” that amounted to Biden and the Senate Judiciary Committee engaging in a “high-tech lynching” for people of color who “in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas….” The scuttling of Bork’s nomination, and the near collapse of Thomas’s nomination, were widely understood even at the time as due to their moral and judicial perspective on the issue of abortion.

As President, Joe Biden now has the opportunity to start America on the path up from divisiveness and away from the de facto mandate that the chief role of a Supreme Court Justice is the promotion of abortion as if it were a positive moral good. Americans are ready to transcend the horror of abortion and will do so—so long as the nation’s ruling elite stop imposing abortion and its distortions on every aspect of American life, from the Supreme Court in the nation’s capital, to every state, city, and town in the country.

“Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists do not own the Supreme Court and should not command the Commander-in-Chief,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life. “Each day, Planned Parenthood and abortion businesses convince vulnerable mothers on Main Streets across the nation that abortion is their only option—that killing their children is the only way for them to live well. And after pushing those same women out their front doors after their abortion, Planned Parenthood and abortion businesses arrange for the human remains of their child-victims to be picked up from their back alleys as toxic waste. The stark reality of abortion occurs, ultimately, because a now-geriatric elite imposed abortion upon America through Roe v. Wade in 1973 and are seeking to perpetuate it through activists with new names and faces in culture, law, and politics. When people are chosen for a role like that of Supreme Court Justice simply because they think the same way on abortion, then no matter how different they may look in terms of age, gender, race, or background, you can be certain that diversity has become merely a cover for the attempt to perpetuate abortion extremism for another generation.”

Americans United for Life is prayerful and hopeful that President Biden chooses this moment to positively shape the moral tenor of his presidency by refusing to once more be led by abortion activists. The Supreme Court deserves better, the U.S. Senate deserves better, and America deserves better. Let this be a time of hope and change, when we can come to celebrate the lowering of the temperature in the seemingly ever more heated culture wars.

Should President Biden double down on his needless commitment to abortion activists and the corporate power that lies behind the abortion industry, Americans United for Life calls upon the Senate to wait until the results of the coming elections are clear in order for American democracy to shape the future of the Supreme Court—rather than an aging and ideologically captured elite.