Friday, November 05, 2004
The reelection of President George W. Bush and the increase of 4 Republican seats in the Senate offer Republicans an opportunity to have judicial nominees approved by the full Senate.
Self-proclaimed moderate Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) is in line to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Specter helped kill President Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court and that of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship.
On November 3, Sen. Specter issued the following blunt warning to the president concerning judicial nominees.
"When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely. The president is well aware of what happened, when a bunch of his nominees were sent up, with the filibuster. [A]nd I would expect the president to be mindful of the considerations which I am mentioning."
This statement by Sen. Specter indicates he would apply a pro-choice litmus test to the president's nominees and would likely not pass them out of committee if they did not meet that litmus test.
Republicans cannot lose this fight to a moderate Republican. Tell the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that we demand strong leadership.
To find your senators, go here: www.senate.gov
Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas has some comments about Mr. Specter that might help you to decide if this is a pro-life cause you want to be involved with