Gary Bauer / Jun. 28, 2016

A Sad Day at the Supreme Court

Today is a sad day for the pro-life movement. In a 5-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down laws passed by the state of Texas regulating the health and safety standards of abortion clinics. After Texas passed these regulations, more than half of the abortion clinics in the state shut down. Many states adopted similar laws in recent years. Incredibly, the court's majority opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer and joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, claimed that the safety regulations failed "to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes."

Editor’s Note: This piece was written Monday, June 27.

Today is a sad day for the pro-life movement. In a 5-to-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down laws passed by the state of Texas regulating the health and safety standards of abortion clinics. After Texas passed these regulations, more than half of the abortion clinics in the state shut down. Many states adopted similar laws in recent years.

Incredibly, the court’s majority opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer and joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, claimed that the safety regulations failed “to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes.”

For those who recall the 1992 Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision, today’s ruling is eerily similar. In that case, Justice Kennedy joined the liberal majority in striking down certain commonsense restrictions on abortion as “undue burdens” on a woman’s access to abortion.

It is ironic that the abortion industry is the one business that the left adamantly refuses to regulate. The left wants to regulate guns out of existence, effectively repealing the Second Amendment. It wants to regulate/redefine privacy in public bathrooms. It wants to dictate what kind of lightbulbs you can buy. It wants to regulate whole sectors of the energy industry into bankruptcy.

But when it comes to destroying innocent unborn life in the womb, the left wants no limits at all. It is worth remembering that these state laws were a reaction to Kermit Gosnell and his barbaric abortion practices.

Today’s decision further highlights the stakes this November. Not only will the next president fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy, but he or she could make several appointments.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83 years old. Justice Anthony Kennedy will turn 80 next month. Justice Stephen Breyer turns 78 in August.

As disappointing as today’s decision is, I know the pro-life movement will not give up. Our Founders declared that life was an inalienable right endowed to each man and woman by our Creator.

The Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade is built upon the same injustice as Dred Scott — that some people (black men and women or unborn babies) can be treated like property and disposed of on a whim. This nation is better than that.

The pro-life cause — just like the fight against slavery — is a noble cause. I am confident that one day, we will restore the sanctity of life in America. One day, all of our children will be protected by the law and welcomed into the world.

Fallout Continues

The fallout from last week’s Brexit vote continues. There are growing demands in as many as eight European nations for their own referendums on the E.U.

Not surprisingly, the financial turmoil also continued today. It must be noted that globalists like George Soros have a financial interest in continuing the turmoil in order to discourage other nations from following England’s example.

But as the socialist left gains more and more control, the one thing it produces in surplus is stupidity. For example, one of things most frequently said in the last few days is that we are now in “uncharted territory.”

No, it’s the exact opposite. The European experiment in a continental, transnational union was the uncharted territory we had been in for the past 23 years.

England has been an independent, sovereign nation for centuries. The European Union did not come into formal existence until the Treaty of Maastricht was signed in 1993. Now that Britons have decided they want out of these uncharted waters, their “masters” are in full-blown panic mode.

And speaking of panicking, just consider some of these Brexit-induced headlines:

“How Old People Have Screwed Over The Younger Generation” —The Independent

“EU Referendum Results: Young ‘Screwed By Older Generations’” —Huffington Post

“We Should Ban Old People From Voting” —GQ Magazine

While the headlines contain a little satire, the sentiment behind them is serious. The increasingly intolerant left is all about “victimization,” identity politics and pitting this group against that one. Older voters are now out of favor with the left.

But there is some irony in these headlines.

The left wants convicted criminals to vote. It wants illegal immigrants to vote. The left wants people who can’t prove who they are to vote. The left wants younger teenagers to vote.

But now the left has found the one group that it doesn’t want to vote — senior citizens who still believe in nation-states, secure borders, patriotism and love of God and Country.

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