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Opinion Anti-Abortion Zealots Demand a Vote to Fill Ginsburg’s Seat

03:39  22 september  2020
03:39  22 september  2020 Source:   nymag.com

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Anti - Abortion Zealots Demand a Vote to Fill Ginsburg ’ s Seat . Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), who is competing for a Senate seat from his state, said Monday that he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that would effectively delay any efforts by Democrats to expand the size of the Supreme

ruth bader ginsburg . Anti - Abortion Zealots Demand a Vote to Fill Ginsburg ’ s Seat . By Ed Kilgore. The person said that under the deal, U.S. companies and investors would have a 53% ownership—satisfying U.S. demands for the new company to be under American control.

Most mainline anti-abortion organizations and politicians had the decency, or at least the self-discipline, not to celebrate openly at the news of Justice Ruth Bader’s Ginsburg’s death Friday night. For example, the hard-core anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List put out this statement:

Doug Collins wearing a suit and tie: Georgia Representative and Senate candidate Doug Collins bluntly attacked Justice Ginsburg’s legacy without bothering with any niceties. Graeme Jennings/Getty Images © Graeme Jennings/Getty Images Georgia Representative and Senate candidate Doug Collins bluntly attacked Justice Ginsburg’s legacy without bothering with any niceties. Graeme Jennings/Getty Images

We offer our sincere condolences to Justice Ginsburg’s children, grandchildren, extended family, friends, and colleagues. The prayers of the Susan B. Anthony List team are with her family, as well as for our nation, at this time.

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Trump’s attempts to fill Ginsburg ’ s seat are facing pushback from legislators who believe there is Ginsburg said on her deathbed that her greatest wish was that she would not be replaced until a It is speculated that US circuit court judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is fervently anti - abortion , is at the top

To fill Kennedy's spot, Trump ultimately picked Brett Kavanaugh instead, an establishment Republican figure who angered some on the religious right for Only an hour after the Supreme Court announced Ginsburg ' s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday pledged he will hold a vote on

But that didn’t keep the group’s chair from acknowledging an urgent call to arms in virtually the same breath:

This is a turning point for the nation in the fight to protect its most vulnerable, the unborn. The pro-life grassroots have full confidence that President Trump, Leader McConnell, Chairman Graham, and every pro-life Senator will move swiftly to fill this vacancy.

Similarly, Christian Right leader Franklin Graham tweeted: “Pray for the family of SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away today. May God comfort her loved ones.” But he’s mostly focused on preparing for a Washington Prayer March on September 26, where I am sure the upcoming SCOTUS confirmation fight will be on many hearts and minds.

Perhaps the most intellectually baroque anti-abortion argument on the occasion of Justice Ginsburg’s death was by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, who suggested de-politicizing the Supreme Court by withdrawing its jurisdiction over such matters as abortion policy:

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for Justice Ginsburg , Biden demanded President Trump not nominate and the U.S. Senate not consider a nominee for the late Justice’s vacant seat . on this, as evidenced by his public comments since Ginsburg ’ s passing, it seems as though Republicans have enough statements from him–both

McConnell Vows Quick Vote on Trump Pick to Fill Ginsburg Seat . Republican senators will be under tremendous pressure in a tight election year from anti - abortion groups and Ginsburg ’ s death was announced by the Supreme Court just before 7:30 p.m. in Washington, after Trump had begun

[F]or many conservatives the high court eviscerated its own authority decades ago, when it set itself up as the arbiter of America’s major moral controversies, removing from the democratic process not just debates about sex and marriage and school prayer but life and death itself.

But congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins of Georgia was about as subtle as a hammerhead shark:

Challenged by an Atlanta reporter for his lapse in etiquette in not preceding this attack with some token of respect for Ginsburg and her service to her country, Collins was having none of that:

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Poll shows Ginsburg ’ s popularity and points to advantage for Democrats. He also indicated that he would push for a swift vote on his nominee, without regard for the results of the November election. “ Fill that seat !” members of the audience chanted to the president’s satisfaction. “You said it better

Justice Ginsburg ’ s death on Friday night plunged Washington into what is certain to be a fierce clash as liberals seek On Saturday, Mr. Trump said he expected to nominate a candidate to fill the seat in the next week and urged That effort failed when Mr. McConnell successfully denied Judge Garland a hearing or a vote . The Susan B. Anthony List, an anti - abortion organization, announced Saturday

“I will never back [down] on life. It’s very personal for me. The truth was about being honest about where we’re going and what the president’s going to do,” Collins said. Sometimes in life, there’s just polite, and there’s just the truth. That was the truth.”

Collins is locked in an intense competition with appointed Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler characterized by mutual efforts to out-Trump each other (Loeffler just ran an ad suggesting she’s “more conservative than Attila the Hun”).

In the fever swamps of Christian Right opinion, commenters were far less diplomatic about Ginsburg’s death, expressing a blasphemy-risking willingness to credit God Almighty for smiting Ginsburg and giving Trump the opportunity to ban abortion. Peter Montgomery at Right Wing Watch has a good example:

A group of “prayer warriors” associated with the pro-Trump “prophetic” network POTUS Shield is celebrating the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an answer to prayer and a miraculous “move of God” to allow President Donald Trump to name a third Supreme Court justice in his first term. Trump-supporting religious-right supporters have often prayed for God to “remove” Supreme Court justices to give Trump the ability to name justices to the court who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Filling Justice Ginsburg ’ s seat , Ms. Dannenfelser said, “is the fulfillment of his No. 1 obligation.” In evangelical and social conservative circles, an early consensus was emerging that Mr. Trump’s nominee would have to be a woman whose conservative convictions were equal to Justice

POTUS Shield founder Frank Amedia, a former Trump campaign adviser, prophesied early in Trump’s presidency that God would give Trump three Supreme Court justices in his first term. Amedia has also been talking for months about a “prophetic” dream he had in which he saw Trump sinking into a swamp until God reached down and with his thumb and forefinger plucked Trump out by the head, flinging him in the air. Amedia predicted this divine intervention would take place in September, and on Sunday, he called Ginsburg’s death “the first breath” of the prophesied “blast” that God has in store. “The blast has just begun,” Amedia exulted.

As you can imagine, expressions on social media have been much rawer, as Michael Stone has noted. Here’s one from someone who boasts over 15,000 Twitter followers:

What all these opponents of legalized abortion have in common is that they don’t give a damn about the hypocrisy of Senate Republicans blocking Merrick Garland in 2016 and rushing through a Trump nominee this year. Indeed, they would be in the streets protesting furiously if McConnell or Trump hesitated a moment before taking advantage of this opportunity to “save the babies.” This is holy war, and the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation fight is Armageddon. And even if their own interest in the topic is limited, nearly all Republican Members of Congress have signed onto the reserves in this battle by taking a position opposing abortion rights and accepting the loyal support of those who are avid to turn back the clock for good.

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