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Quote Oral Argument - Audio Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Docket Number: 19-1392 Date Argued: 12/01/21 Play Audio: Media Formats: MP3Download Transcript (PDF)View
QuoteWe the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Quote65 This tripartite division is often attributed to Baron de Montesquieu (1689-1755). In fact it is equivalently found in Aristotle's Politics IV. 14: "There are, then, three parts in all constitutions (εστι δη τρία μόρια τών πολιτειών πασών). [...] Of these three, one is that which deliberates about common matters (το βουλευόμενον περί τών κοινών); the second concerns the offices (δεύτερον δε το περί τάς άρχάς), what they should be and over what matters they should have authority, and what the manner of choosing them must be; the third is the judiciary (τρίτον δέ τί το δικάζον)." This passage states in effect that a constitution (this appears to be the best translation on this occasion of πολιτεία) must provide for a legislature, a functioning executive and a judicial power.66 A. Ottaviani defines it [legislative power] as the 'right of determining in an obligatory manner the things which are necessary and useful for attaining the end of the society' [ius proponendi obligatorio iodo quae necessaria et utilia sunt ad finem societatis assequendum]; Compendium Iuris Publici Ecclesiastici, 4th edition (Rome: Vatican Press, 1954), 43 [PDF p. 25].67 A. Ottaviani defines it [judicial power] as 'the right of declaring and proposing in an obligatory manner which concrete acts of subjects are conformed or contrary to right, and the legitimate effects of this conformity or contrariety' [ius declarandi seu proponendi modo obligatorio, quænam subditorum actiones in concreto sint iuri conformes, quaeque eidem difformes, et effectus legitimos eiusdem, conformitatis aut difformitatis]; Compendium, 49 [PDF p. 28].68 Or as the [executive power] "right of enforcing the application of laws and sentences, of directing persons or of disposing of things, and of removing all obstacles which impede the full possession of the social end" [ius urgendi legum sententiarum que applications, dirigendo personas vel disponendi de rebus, atque removendo ommia obstacula quæ finis socialis plenam, assecutionem impediunt]; ibid., 61. The executive power itself may be divided into a power of governance, in regard to persons, and of administration, in regard to things. The power of coercion, which is sometimes mentioned as a third part of the executive power, is therefore rather an aspect of the power of governance.
Quote[Roe's] survey of history ranged from the constitutionally irrelevant (e.g., its discussion of abortion in antiquity) to the plainly incorrect (e.g., its assertion that abortion was probably never a crime under the common law).
QuoteCasey threw out Roe's trimester scheme and substituted a new rule of uncertain origin under which States were forbidden to adopt any regulation that imposed an "undue burden" on a woman's right to have an abortion.
QuoteThis appendix contains statutes criminalizing abortion at all stages of pregnancy in the States existing in 1868. The statutes appear in chronological order.
QuoteThis appendix contains statutes criminalizing abortion at all stages in each of the territories that became States and in the District of Columbia. The statutes appear in chronological order of enactment.
QuoteFig. 1. Travel distances from county population centroids to the nearest publicly-identifiable abortion facility in the ANSIRH database.
QuoteFig. 2. Predicted travel distances from county population centroids to the nearest remaining abortion facility in the ANSIRH database under two post-Roe policy scenarios. Panel A, Travel distances if trigger bans take effect. Panel B, Travel distances if all high-risk [very pro-life] states ban abortion.
QuoteFig. 3. Predicted changes in abortions due to changes in travel distances in two post-Roe policy scenarios. Panel A, Predicted changes in abortion rates if trigger bans take effect. Panel B, Predicted changes in abortion rates if abortion becomes illegal in high-risk [very pro-life] states.
QuoteWhy Letters? Supreme Court judges prefer typed or hand-written letters over emails and phone calls. Security professionals and law clerks sort the incoming mail first. Exceptional individual letters are given directly to the addressed judges. Others are noted. Who are the current U.S. Supreme Court Judges? Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer* Announced RetirementAssociate Justice Sonia SotomayorAssociate Justice Brett M. KavanaughAssociate Justice Elena KaganAssociate Justice Neil M. GorsuchAssociate Justice Amy Coney BarrettAssociate Justice Clarence ThomasHow do I address my Envelope? For the Chief Justice, address your envelope to: The Chief Justice of the United States, One First Street N.E., Washington, D.C., 20543To address a letter to any other Supreme Court justice, address the envelope to: Justice (surname), The Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street N.E., Washington, D.C., 20543What Is the general format for a letter to the Supreme Court? Your addressStreet, City, State ZipDate mm/dd/yyyyThe Honorable _______ ________Supreme Court of the United States1 First Street, NEWashington. DC 20543Dear Chief Justice Roberts,Dear Justice _________ (surname),Content of Letter – Theme: The Humanity of the Unborn Child; Like Slavery, the Court's Duty is to Outlaw, Not Regulate, the Killing of An Unborn Child; Remember the human embryo: "A person's a person no matter how small," courtesy of Dr. Seuss (1954). Words are weapons. Use clear and precise language. Lastly, be respectful of the office. Closing salutation – e.g., Sincerely, Thank you, Your Signature Should a sample copy of the letter be sent to the Public Information Officer? Yes, where possible, making a total of ten letters [9 justices + media liaison].
QuoteThe preamble of United States Constitution1 protects born and unborn human life:QuoteWe the People of the United States [...] secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves [born] and our Posterity [unborn.]Justice is the most excellent of moral virtues; "in things touching man, the chief of all is life, on which all other things depend."2United States, The Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence, 23rd ed. (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2007), http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo85386, 1.St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica I-II q. 66 a. 4, trans. Dominicans of the English Province, 1947, https://isidore.co/aquinas/summa/FS/FS066.html#FSQ66A4THEP1. "Maximum autem in his quæ ad hominem pertinent, est vita, a qua omnia alia dependent."
QuoteWe the People of the United States [...] secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves [born] and our Posterity [unborn.]
Quote from: Geremia on May 18, 2022, 02:13:58 PMThe preamble of United States Constitution1 protects born and unborn human life:QuoteWe the People of the United States [...] secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves [born] and our Posterity [unborn.]
Quote from: Randall A. TerryDivine Judgment has Begun.What are Our "Fruits of Repentance?"Randall A. Terry (Permission granted to reprint) Scripture teaches that there are "sins that cry to God for vengeance." Theologians refer to these as "social sins," "structures of sin," "the perversion of justice," where "institutions" - including government - codify, defend, and promote the sins crying for vengeance. These sins include the shedding of innocent blood, the sins of Sodom, and now, telling children that they can mutilate themselves chemically or surgically and thereby change the gender God gave them. (See Gen 4:10; 18:20-21; 19:13; Ex 3:7-9; 22:22-24; James 5:1-6.) America has embraced, codified, glorified, and defended evils that bring God's judgment. The judgments God uses to chasten nations are delineated in detail throughout Scripture. They include (but aren't limited to) drought, plagues, fear, economic loss, violence, war, and political tyranny. (See Lev 26 and Duet 28.) God is not mocked. What a nation sows, it shall reap. The U.S. has earned Divine judgment. What can we do to avert His judgment? God said: "At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it." (Jer. 18:7,8) To mitigate God's chastening hand and to help restore our nation God's people must bring forth "fruits of repentance;" fruit that is spiritual, physical, and governmental. The Spiritual Fruits of Repentance "Hardness of heart" is rampant. Most Christians have lived alongside child killing and sɛҳuąƖ sins and for so long, we've grown calloused and indifferent; we're no longer scandalized.Before the destruction of Judah, God told Ezekiel that he would spare those "who sigh and groan" over the abominations that were committed in Jerusalem: "And the Lord said to him, 'Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.' And to the others He said in my hearing, 'Pass through the city after him, and smite; your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity; slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but touch no one upon whom is the mark.'" (Ezekiel 9:4–6) God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but saved Lot was because his soul was tormented. Evildoers became "an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)." (2 Peter 2:6–9) Christians must ask God's mercy, and confess: "We have not sighed, grieved, and groaned over these abominations. We have not been tormented as Lot was." The Prophet Daniel provides an example of confessing sins that brought judgment, and begging God' mercy. This prayer came at the end of the 70-year Babylonian captivity, prior to the Jєωs being restored to Judah, at which time they rebuilt Jerusalem, and Solomon's Temple: "And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, 'O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. ...As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us...we have sinned, we have done wickedly!...O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!'" (See Daniel 9:3–19) If the U.S. is to be restored, confession must be made regarding our indifference to sins that cry for vengeance; shedding innocent blood, "same sex marriage," transgenderism, and more. With repentance prayers usually comes the duty to change. Repentance means to turn, to have sorrow and regret, a change of mind and deeds. Other definitions of repentance include "making amends," "making restitution," "changing your ways," and "reparation." The Physical Fruits of Repentance Part of repentance - the reparation for the damage done - is to do what we can to save babies from murder and to work to make it a crime to kill babies in the womb. Millions of babies have been killed, and women marred for life, while Christians did little or nothing. The death of a child was faced with indifference: "It's not my problem," or worse, "I'll support you in whatever decision you make." If a mass murderer were hovering with a sword over a child's head, deciding if the child lives or dies, is the right response to say to the killer "I'll support you in whatever decision you make"? Christians must ask: "What would I want someone to do if I were about to be murdered?" Christians are called to "rescue strangers;" by taking any number of actions. I.e. go to abortuaries and speak up for babies; hold a sign, or begging a girl at Church to not to kill her baby – offering to adopt the baby. "Love your neighbor as yourself" means doing for your neighbor what you would want done for you. For Christians with health issues, repentance is more limited. Exceptions aside, all of us have the ability to speak against child killing – at least in the "public square" of the Internet.Speaking out is critical, but we can do more: "Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." (I John 3:18) As Isaiah said, "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me." Most Christians would say, "I'm against abortion," or "I'm pro-life." But the proof of genuine repentance is in deeds or lack of deeds. Legal and Political Fruits of Repentance Perhaps the arena where repentance is most needed to stop the sins that cry to the heavens, are the legal and political realms. The final "fruit of repentance" is that it is a crime again to kill a baby in the womb. Child killing must be outlawed; if the laws are not changed, judgment will continue to grow worse. In Leviticus 20, God demanded that the Israelites punish a man who slaughtered his children for the god Molech: "Any man of the people of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, who gives any of his children to Molech shall be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones." (Leviticus 20:2) If the Israelites did not enforce the law, God said He would bring judgment on those who killed their children and those who did not stop them: "And if the people of the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set My face against that man and against his family, and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in playing the harlot after Molech." (20:4–5) The Law as a Deterrent One of the main purposes of law is to deter criminal deeds (such as murdering babies) using the fear of punishment. St. Paul wrote: "For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute His wrath on the wrongdoer." (Rom. 13:3–4) "If you do wrong, be afraid." One of the main purposes God established criminal laws is to deter criminal acts through the fear of punishment. Some people will obey the law simply because they are afraid of the consequences if they break the law. The inverse is true: if a criminal fears no punishment, they have nothing to deter them. Look at cities in America that don't prosecute the crime of theft. Entire stores have been ravaged, and forced to close, because so much was stolen, and no one was prosecuted. Some people make the false argument: "If abortion is illegal, people are going to do it anyway." That is true. We have laws against assault, murder, and rape, yet those crimes are committed every day. But can you imagine how many more of these crimes would happen if they were not against the law? The number of babies killed in the womb will drop by 90% if abortion is illegal. AND, we will not be betraying innocent blood in our laws. Did We Give Them the Power to Kill? Laws in America are made by "lawmakers," "members of congress," etc., elected by voters. Those in power are kept there by voters. Tragically: Christian voters keep the killing of unborn babies legal. Without their vote, those who promote murder could not stay in power. Over 50 percent of Roman Catholics voted for candidates that actively promote the murder of children in the last five general elections. Likewise, over one-third of evangelicals voted for those who promote the murder of babies. Isaiah said: your hands are full of blood...cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless... (Isaiah 1:15–17) If Christians repented of voting for child killers, the child killers would be swept from power; the legalized killing of babies would grind to a halt. The fact is: the hands of Christian voters are stained with the blood of innocent babies. Consider this illustration: If someone asks for a ride and tells the driver, "I need to get food for my sick neighbor, then go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my mother, then drop off some items at Salvation Army for the poor. Then I need to go to the bank, where I will rob the bank and shoot the bank employees." If the driver takes them, the driver is culpable before God and a criminal court because he knew the intent of the person seeking the ride. It would do no good to tell the judge, "I didn't agree with robbery and murder! I gave him a ride because of the good things he was doing." The driver would be an accessory to murder. When a Christian votes for someone who promotes murder, same-gender marriage, or transgenderism, they are "giving a ride" to get a politician to power, and they share in the guilt of what that politician does when he gets there. This is how the sins of Christian voters have led to the murder of millions of babies, the desecration of marriage, and the legitimization of "transgenderism." And this is where the fruits of repentance are most keenly needed. ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ "Marriage" Made "Legal;" Child Killing; The Fruit of our Votes For multiple generations in America, the most perverse and evil changes in law were "handed down" by a godless Supreme Court majority. Slavery as a "right"; a flood of pornography; prayer, Scripture reading, and the display of the Ten Commandments being outlawed in public schools and buildings; child killing by abortion; so-called "ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ marriage"— all these were forced on America by the Supreme Court, like a revolution, without a shot being fired So, when a Christian votes, they must know the agenda of the candidate. They must vote knowing what kind of federal judges a President will nominate, and the Senate will confirm. And the priority of their vote must be ending the legalized sins that cry for vengeance. Thank God, because of three appointments to the Supreme Court made by then-President Trump, the demonic decision Roe vs. Wade was finally overturned. But... the battle to end the killing in America is nowhere near complete. Whether protection for babies is had in all fifty states depends on if Christians truly repent of voting for baby killers. In the past, we could say "child-killing was forced upon America by the Court." But now, people are clamoring to kill their children. With Roe gone, it's terrifying to see that millions of people – including Christians – want to keep the "right" to slaughter babies in the womb. Look at what happened recently in Kansas. The hour is long past for Christian leaders and Christian laymen to boldly declare: "If you vote for [name], knowing he promotes child killing, ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ marriage, and the crime against children of transgenderism, you have betrayed Jesus Christ and the laws of God with your vote. We must repent of helping those who hate God with our vote, and rather, use our vote to end the "sins that cry to God for vengeance." If the Christian community awakens from its coma, and repents of aiding the legalized "sins that cry for vengeance," perhaps the judgments of God will be mitigated in the U.S. If not - if Christians continue in their hardness of heart, voting for baby killers and the servants of Sodom - the judgments forewarned in God's Law shall be poured out as seems best to Him. Joe Biden and "Soul of the Nation:" Murder and Perversion? In Biden's 9/1/22 speech about the "soul of the nation," he said MAGA Republicans are a threat to "freedom, the rule of law," etc. Then he said: "MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose [murder innocent babies], no right to privacy, [transgenderism] no right to contraception [not accurate], no right to marry who you love[ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ marriage]...they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country." Biden's definition of "the rule of law" and "the soul of this country" (and that of Democrats and the Democrat Party Platform) is "the sins that cry for vengeance;" murder, sodomy, and telling children they can "change genders." Psalm 106:37-42 warns what is coming: They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons;they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters... and the land was polluted with blood.Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he hated his heritage; He gave them into the hand of the nations, so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them... As the anger of the Lord is kindled against us, and He pours out His judgments, none should be surprised. It's because Christians have aided and abetted the "sins that cry for vengeance." America will reap what she has sown...and as the Scripture says: "Judgment begins at the House of God."
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