Friday, November 17, 2006

Of Judges and the "Morning After Pill"

Here's a couple of items from the Family Research Council updates --

1) Judge Nominees in Limbo --With the clock ticking down to a Democratic takeover, President Bush is doing his best to give six judicial nominees one last shot at confirmation. Scheduling hearings in a lame-duck session will be an uphill battle, but it's a necessary one. Since 2000, the president has nominated dozens of upstanding judges, including: Terrence Boyle (NC), William James Haynes II (VA), Michael Brunson Wallace (MS), Peter Keisler (MD), Norman Randy Smith (ID), and William Gerry Myers III (ID). Five of these nominees have been resubmitted for consideration after waiting months, even years, for an opportunity guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution--the right to a full Senate vote.

If our friends in Congress don't act now, the liberal leadership certainly will, filling the bench with judges who have no qualms about rewriting the law to favor same-sex marriage, hate crimes, abortion, religious intolerance, and more. Some senators say that in the face of other last-minute priorities, these nominations should not be brought to the fore. I disagree. While legislators should spend time passing laws, it will do little good until they confirm judges who will uphold them.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has pledged to stonewall every "hard-right" nominee, saying the Democrats' single greatest failure was allowing Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court. We urge the Senate to consider President Bush's nominees, else they are doomed to face an ideological litmus test that, under liberal leadership, conservatives are sure to fail.

2) Plan B -- This Thanksgiving, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the abortion movement plenty to cheer. Yesterday, the FDA announced that supplies of Plan B, the morning-after pill, will be shipped to stores across America and available for purchase over the counter to anyone age 18 or older.

While children 17 and under will still need a prescription, mothers like Senator Hillary Clinton (R-NY) are pushing the FDA to make the pills available to anyone. She argues if a teenager has access to these drugs then she's less likely to get pregnant. Maybe, but she will also be more likely to have unprotected sex and contract a deadly disease. Just the other day my daughter was told she couldn't buy spray paint at the local hardware store without proof that she was 18. Yet liberals are working overtime so girls her age can abort a baby without their parents' knowledge or consent. Something is wrong with this picture.