Ending Pro-Abortion Judicial Tyranny
There is no question that the largest obstacle in the fight to enact pro-life legislation to protect the unborn is the federal court system. Since the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, the courts have repeatedly thwarted efforts to enact even the most modest pro-life reforms.
To quote pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the federal court system itself has degenerated into nothing more than an "ad hoc nullification machine" for all cases involving legal protection for the unborn.
Even the most modest pro-life reforms such as parental involvement legislation and women's right to know (informed consent) laws have been repeatedly struck down by judges.
The federal ban on partial-birth abortion -- a procedure in which late-term, healthy and viable babies are delivered almost entirely only to have abortionists stab a suction device into the base of their skulls to "evacuate" their brain matter -- was even struck down by six federal courts before finally being upheld in a narrow 5-4 Supreme Court decision.
With such a hostile court system resigned to blocking all meaningful progress, pro-lifers are now turning to the Constitution to end this pro-abortion judicial tyranny.
NPLA Members Not Idly Waiting for Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade
Understanding the importance of elevating judges that are dedicated to upholding the Constitution, National Pro-Life Alliance members played an important role in helping to secure the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts. They also were in the front lines of the successful fight to defeat the pro-abortion filibuster against Judge Samuel Alito.
However, even if both Justice Roberts and Justice Alito would rule to overturn Roe v. Wade as hoped, the Court still remains in control of pro-abortion forces.
National Pro-Life Alliance members are not waiting around for a pro-life majority on the Supreme Court to demand an end to abortion-on-demand.
In addition to leading the fight to protect the Constitutional right to life of unborn babies from conception by passing a Life at Conception Act, National Pro-Life Alliance members are mobilizing grass-roots support for an additional measure to remove jurisdiction over abortion from the federal courts.
Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to limit jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the lower federal courts.
And this legislation would do just that.
By removing all authority from the courts to rule on cases involving abortion, the Sanctity of Life Act would restore the authority of popularly elected officials to pass laws to limit or ban abortion without interference from unelected, activist pro-abortion judges.
Sadly, this judicial tyranny has caused many pro-life organizations to limit themselves to pressing for limited laws to slightly control abortion in the more outrageous cases, hoping not to offend the courts.
But by passing the Sanctity of Life Act, Congress can finally put an end to this judicial tyranny once and for all.
U.S. Constitution Explicitly Grants Congress the Authority to Strip Courts of Jurisdiction
Specifically, Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states:
"The Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make."
By creating such an exception for the issue of abortion, Congress can finally end judicial tyranny and abortion-on-demand. And simply by building grass-roots support to limit judicial overreaching, the Sanctity of Life Act will pressure activist judges to watch their step.
Members of the National Pro-Life Alliance are putting heat on politicians to bring an end to pro-abortion judicial tyranny by passing the Sanctity of Life Act.
And Steve Stockman (TX 36) has recently introduced the Sanctity of Life Act in the House, so it is vital that pro-lifers call (202) 224-3121 and insist that their Congressman cosponsor the Sanctity of Life Act (H.R. 2764) today.