Operation Rescue, one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America announced today of its opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Garland currently serves as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is considered to be a “moderate liberal.”
“Millions of lives hang in the balance of each ruling on abortion put forth by the Supreme Court. I refuse to support any nominee – Republican or Democrat – that will not renounce Roe v. Wade and commit to restoring legal protections to the pre-born,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.
The Republican-controlled Senate leadership has pledged not to confirm any nomination for the Supreme Court made by Pres. Obama in this election year. The Judiciary Committee, which would be responsible to hold confirmation hearings for Garland, has vowed not to convene hearings for Obama’s pick.
“I strongly urge the members of the Judiciary Committee to hold fast to their promise, for the sake of the future of our country and the future of our posterity,” Newman said.
“The Senate Republican leadership cannot afford to break this important promise to their conservative, pro-life base, if they expect us to vote for any of them ever again.”
Earlier today, President Obama announced his US Supreme Court, a Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland as his pick to succeed Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016, on the U.S. Supreme Court which has now setting up a showdown with Republicans who have vowed to block the choice.
Furthermore, the Obama Supreme Court pick faces conservative heat on gun votes in which Garland, in a heavily Democratic D.C. government opposed a 2008 Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller, which weighed D.C. residents’ right to keep handguns in their homes.
Merrick was among the four on the full court who voted to re-hear the case, and he took no formal position on the merits, raising red flags among law-abiding gun owners, Fox News reported.
The Supreme Court ultimately upheld the individual right to self-defense, in an opinion delivered by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whom Garland is seeking to replace.
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