Friday, April 01, 2005

Culture of Life

The death of Terry Schiavo is expected to have major political ramifications. Conservatives believe her death will turn into, as the Washington Post reports, “a rallying point for a broader ‘culture of life’ movement to secure judges and a justice who would restrict abortions.”

As the Washington Times reports:
Terri Schiavo's death is expected to have major political ramifications as pro-lifers declare war on the judiciary and galvanize for the coming fight over Supreme Court vacancies.

"We will look at an arrogant, out-of-control, unaccountable judiciary that thumbed their nose at Congress and the president," said House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Texas Republican.

In the wake of this case, it is widely expected that Republicans are likely to push for federal and state legislation that would make it more difficult to remove life support in cases where the patients’ wishes are disputed.

This issue could be a watershed issue for the Republican Party. Numerous polls already show support for the President slipping following the Republican actions over the past few weeks designed to preserve Ms. Schiavo. Which will win? The party that prides itself on states rights, being against judicial activism, and for the sanctity of marriage? Or the party that places life above all else? And, what impact will it have on the mid-term elections?

The Yellow Line strongly supports the traditional Republican ideals.


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