One body blow after another is steadily, inexorably battering the pro-life movement into outlawed, underground oblivion, while institutionalized child sacrifice enjoys full-fledged above-the-law status.
1) The United States Supreme Court upheld - or, rather, declined to correct - a federal appellate court ruling that the latter had no constitutional authority on which to rule in the first place:
The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to review lower court rulings overturning North Dakota's ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy — before many women know they're pregnant.
The justices turned away the State's appeal of decisions striking down the 2013 fetal heartbeat law as unconstitutional. The law never took effect, and abortion-rights supporters said it was the [strongest pro-life] measure in the country.
The high court last week rejected Arkansas' bid to enforce its own fetal heartbeat law, banning some abortions at twelve weeks. Both measures had been struck down by a unanimous panel of three judges appointed by President George W. Bush to the St. Louis-based Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
We've been over this many times, and here comes the next remedial lesson: The United States Constitution does not mention, nor remotely hint at, even the oblique concept of abortion. It is silent on that issue. And Article III in no way, shape, or form enumerates the power of "judicial review" to the SCOTUS; which only has the power, and duty, to apply the law, not "interpret" (i.e. re-write and/or legislate) it. Both ought to direct any federal judge or Justice to Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." By any proper, originalist reading of the Founding Document, Roe v. Wade is null, void, and illegal, the SCOTUS has no power to meddle in State law, and therefore the North Dakota abortion law stands, unchallenged and unchallengeable outside the borders of that State. And, frankly, North Dakota ought to have nullified Roe and put its abortion law into force almost three years ago when it was enacted.
But nobody knows that judicial review is extraconstitutional codswallop, so even conservative States continue to bow the knee to this judicial tyranny. And millions of unborn children continue to perish.
Such has been the status quo for forty-three years. But at least pro-lifers had the right to protest the rampaging child-killers, however impotently, and expose the grisly, Naziesque, industrial butchery of the abortion industry.
Note the tense, because it's no typo:
A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted [pro-life] activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.
David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of tampering with a governmental record and a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs. Another activist, Sandra Merritt, was also indicted on a charge of tampering with a governmental record.
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson didn't specify what record or records were allegedly tampered with in a statement announcing the indictment. [emphasis added]
How convenient. Sounds trumped up, doesn't it?
And remember where this grand jury was convened: Houston. Texas. If Planned Parenthood has the power to subvert and hijack the legal system, to obstruct justice and persecute and railroad pro-life whistleblowers of their crimes against humanity in the "reddest" State in the country, does that not speak to the rank absurdity of Tea Partiers who can only get upset at Republicans for being unable to defund PP not out of "cowardice" but because the bulk of its federal funding flows through Medicaid, which will never be repealed? Or is it just "punching down" because they don't dare draw the abortion giant's attention for fear of getting squashed, eradicated, or "disappeared"? They are functionally invincible, after all.
"We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast," Anderson said. "As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us."
No, you're going where Planned Parenthood is ordering you to go. And you're doing your job exceedingly and despicably well, wading armpit-deep through the blood and guts of the innocent every step of the way. Said Tennessee-6 Republican Representative Diane Black, "It is a sad day in America when those who harvest the body parts of aborted babies escape consequences for their actions, while the courageous truth-tellers who expose their misdeeds are handed down a politically motivated indictment instead." But also an educational one, as it is now abundantly clear how powerless the pro-life movement is and how omnipotent are its baby-slaughtering foes, regardless of the inexorable shift of public sentiment in the pro-life direction over the past twenty years.
Now it's functionally illegal to even oppose infanticide. And we probably haven't seen anything yet.
UPDATE (1/26): Captain Ed makes a great point about media stings being a long and heretofore cherished part of journalism:
On top of that, this technique gets used by law enforcement and journalists every day. Would Chris Hansen face indictment for trafficking in child sex for his excellent series of stings that captured numerous pedophiles? Do narcotics officers face charges in Houston for offering to buy or sell drugs in order to catch criminals in the act?
CMP was wondering the same thing:
In a statement issued Monday evening, the Center for Medical Progress said it “uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws. We respect the processes of the Harris County District Attorney, and note that buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well. Planned Parenthood still cannot deny the admissions from their leadership about fetal organ sales captured on video for all the world to see.”
Did the grand jury even watch a single installment of the Planned Parenthood Cannibalism series? PP sales reps were clearly eager and enthusiastic participants in the baby parts black market. It's a major revenue source for PP. Why would they entertain would-be "buyers" in the first place otherwise?
And then, the other shoe drops:
Lauren Reeder is a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s criminal family law division. She apparently notified District Attorney Devon Anderson of her role with Planned Parenthood last [August]. Reeder is listed as a non-compensated “Director” on the 990 Tax Form for 2014 filed by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. [emphasis added]
Apparently the Harris County District Attorney's office was asked to recuse itself from this case for precisely this conflict of interest. Apparently they refused. And the result is this mockery of justice.
And this is happening in Texas. If the baby-killer syndicate won't permit pro-lifers a fair shake there, what chance do the latter have anywhere and at all?