Andy Schlafly: Pro-Life Groups Misleading Trump on Supreme Court Picks

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  December 14, 2016   

"National Right to Life to back another Souter-like candidate who will pretend to be pro-life"

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Andy Schlafly, son of Phyllis Schlafly — one of the greatest advocates for the pro-life movement — is blowing the pro-abort whistle on the list of 21 possible nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Schlafly, director of Eagle Forum — a leading group in the pro-family movement since it was founded by his mother Phyllis in 1972, a devout Catholic — is opposed to most of the names on Donald Trump's list for not being sufficiently pro-life. In an interview this week, Schlafly noted, "We were told these were good judges and they have held the right way on some issues, but they are not all pro-life. In fact, most of them are actually not pro-life."
 
Church Militant's Michael Voris spoke recently spoke with Schlafly and relayed his point: "There is deep concern that politics within the pro-life movement will produce a nominee that is not in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade."
 
 
As the liberal media and the political establishment spin various stories as supposed reasons why Trump won the election, including the allegations of Russian hacking, voter fraud and fake news by conservative groups, all for the purpose of delegitimizing Trump's presidency and thus tainting his nominations, especially for the Supreme Court, there are other politics at work, according to Mr. Schlafly.
 
Speaking of National Right to Life, Schlafly emphasized the point that they "promoted David Souter." Souter was appointed to the High Court by President George H.W. Bush "on assurances that he was pro-life — and he was a pro-abort," lamented Schlafly. "He has ruled against us in every abortion case that came before him except the very first one."
 
Schlafly is deeply concerned that this scenario will be repeated because so-called moderates don't really want to fight abortion. Schlafly warns about National Right to Life, "They are too close to the establishment Republicans, and I predict the moderates who don't want to fight on the abortion issue are going to line up National Right to Life to back another Souter-like candidate who will pretend to be pro-life."
 
Schlafly is general counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He's no stranger to law and politics and the mechanisms driving them. He notes that money is behind the divided loyalties of such seemingly pro-life organizations like National Right to Life:
These organizations get into Washington and they get bigger and bigger and more dependent on institutional funding. They have a huge budget and they are being funded by people who aren't pro-life. And so they tend to migrate away from the pro-life position because they try to play both sides of the fence.
Trump declared in September he won't depart from this list of 21 candidates when nominating someone as justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. "This list is definitive and I will choose only from it in picking future justices of the United States Supreme Court," he declared.
 
He also made the campaign promise to appoint pro-life judges to the High Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States.

What concerns Schlafly is that President-elect Trump and the public will rely on the personal testimony of each candidate or the testimony of some politicized pro-life group in order to establish a candidate's pro-life identity while ignoring his established judicial record.

Looking at the track record of various judges on Trump's short list, Schlafly highlighted the following:
  • Diane Sykes struck down an Indiana law that defunded Planned Parenthood

  • Steve Colloton repeatedly ruled on the side of abortion

  • Joan Larson recently declared "there is sexism in law"

  • Neil Gorsuch uses pro-abortion terminology in his writings

  • Raymond Kethledge favorably cited precedent censoring pro-life advertisements

  • Bill Pryor recently granted homosexual groups access to establish clubs in middle school

Schlafly made it clear when speaking to Michael Voris that all four women on Trump's list of 21 candidates do not have pro-life records. Voris thinks the pro-abort media will push Trump to pick a woman from this list knowing that all four women are not committed to overturning Roe v Wade.
 
Asked who on the list of potential Supreme Court nominees he would recommend, Schlafly proffered, among others, the name of Charles Canady from the Florida Supreme Court. "He is consistently pro-life and he was also on the Clinton impeachment team, so this is someone who will stand up against the other side. … He has repeatedly held against a minor getting an abortion without notifying her parents, for example."
 

 

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Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.

Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.

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