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Big Abortion’s Ugly Threat

Sen. Chuck Schumer, threatening Supreme Court justices Kavanaugh and Gorsuch today (CBS News)

“I get that you’re not a fan of Trump, but why are you not a Democrat, Dad?” one of my kids just asked me in the car.

“Three main reasons,” I said. “One, they’re fanatically pro-abortion. Second, they don’t have a lot of respect for religious liberty. Third, they have an idea of justice that’s based on race and gender, instead of individual fairness.”

I explained all three points in greater detail. Late last month, Senate Democrats killed a bill that would have required medical personnel to treat babies born alive in the process of a botched abortion. As Tim Carney pointed out, the media, carrying water as they always do, failed to describe the bill accurately. And, of course, nearly all the Senate Dems voted against it. Abortion is an issue on which it is impossible to get Democrats to speak honestly.

Got home, then saw the news about what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said today:

Speaking in front of the Supreme Court at a pro-abortion demonstration on the day of oral arguments in the Louisiana abortion case, Schumer threatened Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

“I want to tell you, Neil Gorusch, and you, Brett Kavanaugh, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer said. “You won’t know what hit you, if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Here’s a link to the CBS Evening News report about the issue, which includes both Schumer’s threat and the rebuke the comments brought from Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts said in a statement:

You will recall that the last time the Chief Justice said anything like this was when he rightly rebuked President Trump in 2018 for shooting his mouth off about the politicization of the judiciary.

This is how fanatical the Democrats are about abortion: their chief Senate leader will stand on the steps of the Supreme Court and threaten justices that he believes might not vote his way. And he won’t back down, either:

The very liberal Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe also rebuked Schumer:

If a party is willing to allow accidentally-born human beings die on the operating table rather than restrict abortion in any way, then threatening two Supreme Court justices because they might not vote on abortion in a Democratic-approved way is nothing.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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