Will the Supreme Court soon take its chance to avoid a stench over Roe and signal no need for redemption?

By Donald A. Collins | 2 January 2022
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Was Chief Justice John G. Roberts’ statement in the January 1, 2022 on page A20 of The NY Times a call to his colleagues to preserve its reputation and avoid the stench Justice Sotomayor predicted if the Court overturned Roe?

Read the story here and email me your opinion.

Not a mention of Roe, but as a Catholic he knew well the likely votes from the Catholic and conservative Justices appointed by President Trump and the denial of a seat to Merrick Garland by then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as one of our two major parties went ROGUE! Read that disgusting act here.

Robert’s’ vote on 12/9/21 against the Texas Abortion law was per The NY Times an attempt to keep Roe and the reputation of the Court.

You can read the whole story here.

The perception of religious zealots overturning a secular law seasoned by Stare decisis for 48 years should be enough to kill both the Texas and Mississippi laws and keep Roe/Casey.

Another Catholic, now retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, saved Roe in 1991 by approving modifications in Casey which allowed Roe to continue.

Kennedy also was a stalwart in protecting gay rights despite strong Catholic admonitions.

Read here his brave and principled role as SC justice.

Roberts’ quoted Chief Justice (and former US President) William Howard Taft in as to proper behavior by judges which you can read here.

As is his custom, the chief justice began his report with a historical sketch. This year, it was of William H. Taft, who was appointed to be chief justice a century ago, after having served as president. Chief Justice Taft, a large man, was an energetic administrator.

“Taft sought to supplant the prevailing culture of isolation in which each judge was — in his words — left to ‘paddle his own canoe,’” Chief Justice Roberts wrote.

“Once you get past the image of ‘Big Bill’ paddling a canoe, consider that he knew well how to navigate the halls of Congress,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote, adding, “He threw his considerable political heft into creating the mechanisms of self-governance for federal courts across the country.”

Although Chief Justice Roberts did not address proposals to increase the size of his court or to impose terms limits on its members, he described with approval Chief Justice Taft’s efforts to preserve judicial independence.

“He understood that criticism of the courts is inevitable,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “and he lived through an era when federal courts faced strident calls for reform, some warranted and some not.”

The proper response, the current chief justice said Chief Justice Taft once observed, was “to remove, as far as possible, grounds for just criticism of our judicial system.”

I have such respect for those people who in the midst of our greatest threat to our democracy since the Civil War can continue to do the right things in the face of such horrendously corrupt behaviors!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?” and “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population”.

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