(VIDEO: Fox News)
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) blasted President Joe Biden for “fear-mongering” during his address to the nation following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Joining Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade on “One Nation” on Saturday, Scott reacted to a portion of Biden’s speech in which he blamed former President Trump for a Supreme Court which chose to uphold the Constitution and return the right to legislate abortion to the states.
“It was three justices named by one President, Donald Trump, who were at the core of today’s decision to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country,” Biden said.
Later, he stated, “This decision is the culmination of a deliberate effort over decades to upset the balance of our law.”
Scott wasn’t buying it.
“Fear-mongering is really what President Biden just talked about,” the Senator said. “He’s fear-mongering.”
“The truth is,” he continued, “I’m so thankful that over the last three or four years, we were able to put 300 federal judges on the bench and three conservative Supreme Court justices.”
According to Scott, those appointments provide a needed buffer against liberal policies.
“This is the firewall that America needs,” he said. “I am thankful that I was a part of making that happen.”
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It is those conservative justices, he argued, that truly “understand and appreciate” the Constitution.
“We should all celebrate those who are originalists,” Scott said, “those who read the text, a textualist, who understand and appreciate: if it isn’t in there, don’t pretend that it is.”
And, indeed, that was the very crux of the case to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In its 218-page decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Justice Samuel Alito wrote:
The Constitution makes no express reference to a right to obtain an abortion, but several constitutional provisions have been offered as potential homes for an implicit constitutional right. Roe held that the abortion right is part of a right to privacy that springs from the First, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments. … The Casey Court grounded its decision solely on the theory that the right to obtain an abortion is part of the “liberty” protected by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. Others have suggested that support can be found in the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, but that theory is squarely foreclosed by the Court’s precedents, which established that a State’s regulation of abortion is not a sex-based classification and is thus not subject to the heightened scrutiny that applies to such classifications. … Rather, regulations and prohibitions of abortion are governed by the same standard of review as other health and safety measures.
Ultimately, the Court concluded, “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
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