Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Retires

Cincinnati, OH (July 1, 2005) – Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has submitted her retirement from the Court to President Bush. Her decision has been anticipated among Court watchers.

It is important that the Senate acts promptly so that we have a nine-member Supreme Court in October when the new term begins. Every justice matters. Now is not the time for obstructionist Democrat senators to delay filling this crucial Supreme Court vacancy.

An eight-member Supreme Court might split four to four on a decision. If that occurs, the lower court’s decision would remain in place. Because split decisions let the opinions of lower courts stand, an eight-member Court could lead to a patchwork of law across the country, with Constitutional rights and protections varying widely from state to state.

Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, “Please pray for wisdom and discernment for President Bush as he seeks to fill this vacancy on our nation’s highest court. A ‘strict constructionist’ justice can help pave the way to protecting millions of innocent preborn babies from abortion.”

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