Republicans and Abortion
I’ve never been one to vote based on issues that are not relevant to my life or the betterment of this country, such as climate change. For at least two decades, I’ve personally heard Republicans say they were voting for a politician because they are anti-abortion and/or anti-gay rights. I always asked if they planned to have an abortion and if they are gay? To that, they wanted to quote from the Bible, in which I had to remind them that the United States does not have a theocratic government.
Frankly, I’m tired of hearing Republicans say that they don’t understand how Christians can be Democrat when Democrats made abortion legal in the United States. That is simply not true. At the time of Roe v. Wade, six (6) of the Justices on the Supreme Court were appointed by Republican presidents.
Voting because of wanting laws that control the lives of others is a bit like wanting to be a control freak. Many of these same folks do not comply with the Executive Orders of Governors to wear a mask when out in public to prevent the spread of a virus that can be deadly. They want to exercise their freedom of choice. Hypocrites!
I remember when abortion became legal in New York State. It was in 1970. I remember Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade was a case filed in 1971 and was decided in 1973. Roe was a woman who resided in the state of Texas. At that time, Texas only allowed legal abortion if the life of the mother was at risk. Among Roe’s arguments was that she could not afford to go out of Texas to obtain a safe, legalized abortion.
At the time that Roe v. Wade made itself through the judicial system, Richard Nixon (R) was president of the United States.
The nine Justices on the Court and the president who appointed them were;
|Justice||President Appointing and Political Party|
|Warren E. Burger||Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)|
|William O. Douglas||Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)|
|William J. Brennan Jr.||Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)|
|Potter Stewart||Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)|
|Byron White||John F. Kennedy (D)|
|Thurgood Marshall||Lyndon B. Johnson (D)|
|Harry Blackmun||Richard M. Nixon (R)|
|Lewis F. Powell Jr.||Richard M. Nixon (R)|
|William Rehnquist||Richard M. Nixon (R)|
Dissenting on Roe v. Wade were Rehnquist (appointed by Nixon) and Byron White, appointed by John F. Kennedy (D).
This is not to give a false sense of hope for what the Supreme Court might decide now or in the future. Rather, this factual information supports that Republicans who claim that pro-choice was made possible under liberal control of the White House and the Supreme Court are repeating falsehoods. Factually, the majority of the Justices who ruled in favor of Roe were appointed by Republican presidents.