Florida’s ‘Choose Life’ plates upheld
ATLANTA – The Federal Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit rejected a challenge to Florida’s Choose Life licence plates brought by several pro-abortion groups and individuals. Mathew D. Staver, president and general counsel for the Liberty Counsel, which represented several plate owners and crisis pregnancy centres, said the appeals court “recognized the fatal flaw in the abortion advocates’ reasoning. They attempted to use the First Amendment as a sword to silence pro-life speech.”
Court rules against God
SAN FRANCISCO – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that the line, “One nation, under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and violates a purported “wall of separation” between church and state. California’s Elk Grove Unified School District is vowing to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Presidential politics and abortion
WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution affirming Roe v. Wade 52-46 after Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D, S.D.) urged the four senators who are also candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination to return to Washington D.C. for the vote. All four did. Senators John Kerry (Mass.) and John Edwards (N.C.) changed their campaign schedule to show up for the vote, although they both missed a vote on partial-birth abortion the next day. Senators Bob Graham (Fla.) and Joseph Lieberman (Conn.) voted for the resolution and against the partial-birth abortion ban. Meanwhile, Senator Kerry indicated that he will not appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose Roe, but claimed this position is a litmus test. However, every candidate is holding to such a litmus test. The National Right to Life Committee said that, “When every Democrat even thinking about running for president pledges his or her undying loyalty to Roe v. Wade, you’d think it’d be a bit much to insist at the same time that such candidates do not have a ‘litmus test’ on abortion.”
S.C. readies for pro-life battles
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina legislature will consider at least five pro-life bills this year: a proposal for a statewide referendum on whether to keep abortion legal; an amendment to the state tax code to allow pregnant women to claim their unborn children as dependents; issuing death certificates in cases of stillbirth or abortion; the granting of due process rights to the unborn; and creating a commission to raise money to build a monument to unborn children in the state. State Representative Ralph Davenport said a statue of one or two unborn children should include a plaque that says “What Might Have Been,” recognizing what might have been if abortion wasn’t legal. Pro-abortion politicians are threatening to fight the proposals every step of the way.