Abortion and Judge John G Roberts


NARAL Prochoice America
under pressure from the one-party state withdrew an ad that portrayed Judge John G Roberts, when he filed in 1991 a legal brief, as “supporting . . . a convicted [abortion] clinic bomber” and of having an ideology that “leads him to excuse violence against other Americans” It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. The ad is referring to his Bush I administratin stint as deputy solicitor general. While that may have been an exaggeration, I think that it is obvious that Judge Roberts believes motherhood is not an option for a pregnant woman and that restrictions such as partial-birth abortion, parental consent, parental notification and vicious demeaning waiting periods are appropriate. I am sure he will vote to overturn Roe or at least to make it even more difficult for women to choose parenthood or not.

Is abortion murder? It is clearly aborting a process that would lead to
a human being.
Is abortion murder? Well, I don’t believe a fetus has the rights of a
born person but it is hard to argue against the assertion that abortion
is certainly terminating a developing fetus, that if left alone, would
become human.

Yet abortion also concerns the mother. I believe the mother should have control over her pregnancy and not the state and certainly not the sperm donor who in all likelihood is not a husband and may even be a rapist, a family member or a brief encounter.

I believe there should be no restrictions placed on abortion, and that Americans should have the right to seek medical care when desired. I support my country’s Supreme Court and its decision in Roe v. Wade. I also wonder if pro-life persons, whose argument is not without merit, believe a pregnant woman and her physician should be sent to prison for terminating a pregnancy. Also one must be concerned that the poor, the frightened and the least sophisticated will be damaged by unsafe abortions if Roe is overturned and the more economically advantaged women will find means to acquire a safe and secure abortion.

I am pro choice and will remain so.

This is the text of the NARAL ad:

NARAL Pro-Choice America TV ad, “Speaking Out”

Announcer: Seven years ago, a bomb destroyed a women’s health clinic in Birmingham, Alabama.

(On screen: Footage of bombed clinic)

(Tex on screen: New Woman/All Women Health Clinic; January 28, 1998)

Emily Lyons: When a bomb ripped through my clinic, I almost lost my life.

Announcer: Supreme Court nominee John Roberts filed court briefs supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber.

(On screen: Footage of Roberts; image of April 11, 1991 brief from Bray v. Alexandria)

(Text on screen: Roberts filed court brief supporting clinic protestors)

Emily Lyons: I’m determined to stop this violence so I’m speaking out.

Announcer: Call your Senators. Tell them to oppose John Roberts. America can’t afford a Justice whose ideology leads him to excuse violence against other Americans.

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