DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Following the Wednesday announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Left has been catapulted into a state of panic. Kennedy is a Catholic who has issued tie-breaking decisions on abortion and so-called same-sex marriage.
His retirement marks a unique opportunity for President Donald Trump's GOP to elevate a constitutionalist, such as the late Justice Antonin Scalia, to fill Kennedy's vacancy and secure a conservative arrangement on the Court for the foreseeable future, potentially leading to the eventual reversal of Roe v. Wade.
This week has been the nightmare scenario at the Supreme Court.— Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) June 27, 2018
Planned Parenthood Action sent out a tweet which read: "With Kennedy retiring, the right to access abortion in this country is on the line." Church Militant covered the response of pro-lifers slamming the statement.
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) June 27, 2018
How it sounded inside a DNC committee meeting the moment Justice Kennedy’s retirement was announced pic.twitter.com/6S9uO2JGzQ— David Siders (@davidsiders) June 27, 2018
The website Mashable posted an article (warning: language) featuring a series of tweets from liberals losing their composure over the Kennedy retirement.
Senate Democrats are calling for no nomination to take place until after the midterm elections. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, "McConnell set the rule. Now, he and Senate Republicans need to follow it. No vote on a Supreme Court nominee until after the new Congress is seated."
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois also called for a halt on replacing Kennedy until after the midterms, saying: "With so much at stake for the people of our country, the U.S. Senate must be consistent and consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee once the new Congress is seated in January."
With so much at stake for the people of our country, the U.S. Senate must be consistent and consider the President’s #SCOTUS nominee once the new Congress is seated in January.— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) June 27, 2018
Conservatives however, rejoiced at the news of Kennedy's retirement. Commentator Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire said in response to the news, "I think the GOP turnout is going to be juuuuuust fine this fall."
A fifth conservative on the Supreme Court opens the possibility of reversals on landmark decisions that have upheld abortion and so-called same-sex marriage. In 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey reaffirmed the decision of Roe v. Wade enshrining abortion as a constitutional right. Speculation has already arisen of the possibility of Roe being overturned.
Author and commentator Matt Walsh tweeted, "The Left could quite possibly start a literal civil war if Roe goes away. And if that's the case, so be it. Any price is worth paying to end this historic atrocity."
The Left could quite possibly start a literal civil war if Roe goes away. And if that's the case, so be it. Any price is worth paying to end this historic atrocity.— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 27, 2018
Justice Kennedy's opinion in Casey famously admitted that contraception leads to abortion, stating that people had "organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail."
Faithful Catholics, as well as pro-life and pro-family evangelicals, are also starting to talk about reversal of Obergefell v. Hodges, a decision that forced recognition of same-sex so-called marriage on all 50 states.
Bob Vander Plaats of the pro-family group The Family Leader, in an appearance with Neil Cavuto on Fox News, said, "I think this is an opportunity to restore a culture of life in this country that honors God and blesses people."