Skip to comments.Former Justice O'Connor Subtly Criticizes Partial-Birth Abortion Ruling
Posted on 05/22/2007 10:41:00 PM PDT by monomaniac
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Sandra Day O'Connor is no longer on the Supreme Court but that doesn't mean the pro-abortion judge can't use her influence to try to shape its decisions. In an interview with Fox News, the ex-justice offered a hidden rebuke to the Supreme Court members for their recent decision upholding the federal partial-birth abortion ban.
The high court's decision overturned her opinion in a similar 2000 case regarding a Nebraska partial-birth abortion ban.
In the 2000 case, O'Connor wrote for the 5-4 majority saying the state's ban on the three-day-long abortion procedure was unconstitutional because it lacked a health exception -- even though medical groups confirm there is no reason to have the abortion to protect the mother's life or health.
President Bush nominated and the Senate confirmed Justice Samuel Alito, who sided with the four members of the minority in the previous case to uphold the federal ban as constitutional. The new majority indicated the health exception is not necessary and that the ban can be enforced.
But O'Connor argues that the high court's ruling on the issue shouldn't change just because the faces on the court have changed.
"Obviously, that is a concern," she said, responding to a question that the court was basing its decisions "more on politics than principle."
O'Connor also condemned the actions of some pro-life members of Congress regarding judges.
"And in the Congress of the United States, there were resolutions to impeach judges for the outcome of the Terri Schiavo case," she said. "I mean, these are things that go beyond just saying some judge reached an erroneous decision. Removal from office is a kind of sanction, I think."
To continue her influence in the judicial arena, O'Connor announced that she is creating a web site for teenagers that would "instill respect" for the court's power to protect individual freedom, which, in O'Connor's mind, includes the freedom to have an abortion.
At the same time O'Connor seemed to acknowledge the criticism about activist judges legislating from the court.
"I do not remember a time when there were such a broad and widespread range of critics of judges," the former justice said.
ZZZZZZZZZ you immoral has been.
Ex-Supreme Court Justice O’Connor Bashes Pro-Life Advocates
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor used a speech at Georgetown University to attack pro-life lawmakers who sided with Terri Schiavo’s parents in their efforts to prevent their daughter’s euthanasia death. She claimed a Congressional effort to have federal courts review the case was a first step towards a dictatorship.
“We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the judiciary in an effort to interfere in end-of-life decisions,” said OConnor. “It is the Courts obligation to protect the right to terminate life unworthy of life. Those who would impede the corurts in this matter are pushing the country down toward dictatorship.
In related news, Americans have proved extremely consistent in their inconsistent beliefs about abortion. A solid majority feel that Roe v. Wade should be upheld. Most think having an abortion should be a personal choice. But they also think it is murder.
“I mean, its not as if theyre murdering a stranger, said National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) spokeswoman Etta Young in an effort to explain the inconsistency. People feel families should have the privacy to decide whether to terminate unwanted members.
This from a Reagan SCOTUS appointee. She is shameful. I will take Roberts and Alito over her any day. They gave GW the first and only win against abortion by a POTUS. Thank you GW and thank you Roberts and Alito! O’Connor you are pathetic.
And there is a lot of babies blood on her hands.
Just shut up, Sandra. You had no business on the Court to begin with.
The Allies hanged Germans with that world view.
Good riddance to her.
O'Conner understands that liberals can ruin her reputation.
Don’t go away mad Sandra, just go away.
She's just like Carter. Even in retirement, can't keep her pie-hole shut. As though we don't already know that she doesn't like the Constitution and thinks we should be socialist and conform to european law.
And right there is the problem. The Court is "supposed" to decide based on WHAT'S WRITTEN IN THE CONSTITUTION--not "politics" OR "principles".
Maybe she can tell us the story of how she was hired as a Legal Secretary...........again.
It actually sounds like something the Nazis would have said to justify the Holocaust.
Still scratching my head on that remark.
Thank Goodness she was not sitting on the court during the ruling.
Stupid woman doesn’t even realize what she just said... Very sad.
“three day long procedure”, It takes 3 days?
Sandy Nightmare is one disgusting piece of garbage. Good thing for her that mother didn’t think so.
I am glad this hag retired. Now if we can win next election, there might be a couple more liberal spots open up.
She also said she thought it would be unconstitutional to impeach judges. Well, I say impeach her if she can’t take a joke.
O’Connor gives old people a bad name.
I think she is unconstitutional !!
Wow, now that’s an incredible statement: People feel families should have the privacy to decide whether to terminate unwanted members.
Is that what our nation has become (at least in the eyes of some)? My life is not protected by the constitution, but by the majority vote of my family?
O’Connor is having trouble adjusting to not being in the spotlight anymore. She should get over it.