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A Burning Issue

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One of the burning policy issues raised for public discussion this year is the idea of expanding the U.S. Supreme Court. And with the nation’s highest court so close to impacting Roe v Wade, pro-life Americans have a lot of skin in the game.

Our founding fathers demonstrated a brilliant understanding of government and the people it was designed to serve. They devised three independent but co-equal branches of government to function as a system of checks and balances. The legislative branch makes laws, and the executive branch implements the laws. Finally, when called upon, the federal courts (the judicial branch) weigh in on their constitutionality. The U.S. Supreme Court, should it decide to take a case, has the final authority.

With Justice Amy Barrett’s confirmation comes a renewed threat by pro-abortion activists to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court, and to fill these additional seats with abortion advocates.

If those who support Court expansion get their way, it would politicize and undermine the independence of the judiciary branch and make it a political arm of the legislative branch. 

Instead of checks and balances, the Supreme Court would churn out partisan results ad nauseum. The Constitution would be reduced to a “living document” that caters to the whim of prevailing social and political opinion.

We would no longer have three co-equal branches of government to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens, we would be faced with two legislative bodies and one executive branch. The devastating legal fallout would be inflicted on the lives of every living American.

Speaking of living Americans, the decades-long effort of turning back the bloody tide of abortion by eroding or outright reversing Roe v. Wade would be a mere pipe dream for the foreseeable future—just when we’re enticingly close to making a dramatic impact on abortion law which currently accommodates abortion on demand throughout pregnancy.

A court expansion would cost the lives of millions of more babies, while enslaving their mothers by the emotional devastation that often follows abortion.

Life Issues Institute produced video and radio specials featuring the critical importance of the US Supreme Court to ending legal abortion in America. Days after ending production, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died.

Since then, they have been at the epicenter of educating our nation’s citizens to the urgent reality that they play a central role in who ultimately sits on the Supreme Court.

Expanding the Court would impose radical repercussions on our Constitution, the balance of powers, the rule of law, and on every American, particularly our unborn citizens.

Brad Mattes is President of Life Issues Institute

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