Supreme Court Vacancy and YOU - Share Your Ideas
As I'm sure you all know by now, Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his retirement last Friday. Like you, we know the important role that the Supreme Court plays in the everyday lives of Americans. The halls of NARAL Pro-Choice America are still buzzing with staff preparing for the nomination process. For those of us that were here during the Bush-era Supreme Court nominations, the difference in tone is striking.
But anti-choice senators are already railing against President Obama's desire to select a nominee who is empathetic with the American people, claiming that empathy is simply a code word for a so-called "activist judge." Sen. Orrin Hatch went so far as to state that the White House will be sure to pick a "pro-abortion justice." Yes, folks, the battle begins today.
So, step one: Let's show President Obama that Americans want a justice who will uphold the American values of freedom and privacy set forth in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Send him an urgent message today.
The next step, of course, is to make sure that we secure the 60 votes in the Senate needed to override a possible filibuster. And even as the Senate's Democratic majority grows on what seems like a daily basis, the fact remains that we only have 40 fully pro-choice senators. And when Al Franken is finally seated - will there ever be a declared winner in the Franken/Coleman Minnesota senate race? - that still puts us at only 41 fully pro-choice senators out of 100. Couple that with the shameless smear campaign we've seen hurled at President Obama's highly qualified nominees - including Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Prof. Dawn Johnsen, and Judge David Hamilton - and we know we've got a long road ahead of us.
And I'll be blunt. I'm worried. I'm worried that pro-choice Americans might not understand what a big deal this is... that we can't sit back and assume everything will work out simply because there's a pro-choice president in the White House. That was the first step - and it was an important first step - but there is much work to do to ensure that President Obama nominates a justice who will protect our freedom and privacy.
So, to that end, we're also collecting ideas, thoughts, and comments here on our blog and also on our Facebook page, so if you'd rather express yourself over there, go right ahead. We just want to hear from you, our activists, to make sure we're doing everything we can to make sure the next Supreme Court justice upholds the American values of freedom and privacy.
Please take a moment to tell us what you're feeling and thinking, and how we can help YOU mobilize your friends. Just leave 'em in the comment section below so we can collect all of your great ideas.