Scuttle Specter’s Chairmanship Hopes

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The debate over the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee still rages. In one development, Planned Parenthood is asking its activists to thank Senator Arlen Specter (R.-Penn.) for his “moderate” stance on abortion. In light of this continuing debate, The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) opposes his nomination.

Senator Specter’s voting record and recent statements to the press disqualify him from heading the Judiciary Committee. Senator Specter has been outspoken in stating that he will do everything in his power to thwart a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Instead of evaluating candidates for proper judicial credentials, Senator Specter seems to want to screen out those he and the abortion movement label as “extremists.”

The Constitution is an enduring document that outlines ways to change the law. The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution has been the method of choice during the last forty years. In fact, Lawrence v. Texas (2003) is the Supreme Court’s most recent tragic example. In this 6-3 landmark decision the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to the private practice of sodomy and reversed its 1986 ruling in Bowers v. Hardwick.

While most reasonable people agree that Supreme Court precedent reversal should be a two-way street, when it comes to Roe v. Wade, Senator Specter and the abortion movement are intransigent: it has to be a one-way, dead-end.

The American TFP vehemently protests against this unacceptable ideological filter and urges Senate Majority Leader Frist and the Senate Republican leadership to scuttle Senator Specter’s chairmanship hopes, nominating in his stead a senator who will respect the fundamental right to change laws, as guaranteed by our Constitution.

Americans must not be deprived of a fundamental human right: the right to reverse bad law.

Join us in sending an instant email to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, asking him to scuttle Senator Specter’s chairmanship hopes.


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