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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Supreme Victory

"Father, I praise you for your hand in protecting the lives of the defenseless in our nation. I pray we'll humble ourselves and continue to pursue a culture of life in our nation and our world. Thank you for putting judges in place who value human life. I humbly pray this in Jesus' name, amen."
I received this email today. Join me thanking God for this decision. dg

From: Gary L. Bauer, Chairman
Campaign for Working Families

Special Bulletin – Good News!

It’s not often that I drop what I’m doing to write a headline like that. But, my friends, I am greatly encouraged today. The United States Supreme Court has upheld the 2003 ban on partial-birth abortions!

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito.

Not only will this ruling put an end to this particularly horrific form of infanticide, but it represents a tremendous victory for the American people. For years, overwhelming majorities of the public wanted this disgusting practice stopped. When the Republican Congress finally took action in the mid-1990s, Bill Clinton stood in the way by repeatedly vetoing the legislation. So the people took action at the state level, only to have the Supreme Court block the enforcement of state bans in 2000.

But a new election and new appointments to the high court changed the dynamic, and today the will of the people was upheld! And while we are still a long way from fully restoring the right to life in America, we have succeeded in ending abortion-on-demand at anytime, for any reason, by any method.

My friends, this is an important step toward restoring the sanctity of life in our laws; toward restoring the promise of America’s founding that we are all endowed by our Creator with the right to life. But this is just one step, won by just one vote, and only after a lot of hard work and prayer. While there are days when we will be discouraged and tempted to give up, days like today should make us realize that our efforts do matter, that we can in fact make a difference.

Today’s decision demonstrates why men and women of faith must remain engaged in the public square and why the appointment and confirmation of judges is so critical. Virtually every battle we are confronting in the culture war today is won or lost in the courts. But our judges are nominated and confirmed by the men and women we elect to public office. That’s why we must continue “fighting the good fight” for our values in the political arena, and so long as God grants me breath, I will do just that!