When Roe V Wade was decided on January 22, 1973 there were nice justices. Six had been appointed by republican Presidents, and three by democrat Presidents.
The SCOTUS ruled 7-2 in favor of a woman’s right to have an abortion. Five of the seven Justices who approved of a woman’s right to have an abortion were appointed by republican Presidents. The Court that legalized abortion was a court that had the thumb print of republican Presidents.
Since 1968, there have been 19 Justices appointed to the SCOTUS. Fifteen were appointed by republican Presidents. Only 4 were appointed by democrat Presidents. If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed, she will be the 16th justice (since 1968) to be appointed by a republican President. To put this into perspective, Justices appointed by republican Presidents over the past 52 years will outnumber those appointed by democrat Presidents by margin of four to one once Barrett is confirmed. In 49 of the last 50 years republican appointed justices have held the majority of the SCOTUS. Only in 2016 after Antonin Scalia died was there not a majority of republican appointed Justices, it was a 4 – 4 split. In the Roe V. Wade era, democratic Presidential appointed Justices have never held the majority in the SCOTUS.
How do we square the belief that we must vote republican to overturn Roe V. Wade, if abortion was legalized on the watch of republican appointed Presidents, and never overturned? To be clear, not every justice appointed by republicans has been conserative, but the ideology of repubican good and democrat bad because of the Justices they would appoint, just doesn’t square with historical facts.
Amy Coney Barrett (whom I hope is confirmed) will replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who held liberal beliefs by evangelical standards. Ginsburg was confirmed by a 96-3 Senate vote. Thirty – eight of the 41 republican senators voted “yea” for her to be confirmed. Among them was the current Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who is now rushing through ACB’s confirmation.
The culpability for the legalization of abortions falls squarely on republicans as much as it does democrats, and this is the “inconvenient truth” that you will not get from political indoctrination. Being indoctrinated only nurtures misguided passion, rage, and hostility and unfortunately these are the kind of emotions that our current President, Donald Trump, stirs within people.
Being a well informed voter is better than being and indoctrinated voter.