Washington D.C., Jul 6, 2018 / 11:45 am
The U.S. Senate should not use a nominee's stance on Roe v. Wade as a litmus test on suitability for appointment to the Supreme Court, the president of the nation's bishops' conference has said.
"By any measure, support for Roe is an impoverished standard for assessing judicial ability," wrote Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the USCCB, in a July 6 letter to senators.
"If a Supreme Court ruling was wrongly decided, is widely rejected as morally flawed and socially harmful, and is seen even by many supporters as having little basis in the Constitution, these are very good reasons not to use it as a litmus test for future judges," the cardinal wrote.
DiNardo noted that most Americans oppose the policies permitted by the Roe v. Wade decision and "believe that abortion should not be legal for the reasons it is most often performed."