Fr. Frank Pavone: Justice Ginsburg Has Prejudged Texas’s Abortion Law and Must Recuse Herself When It Comes Before the Supreme Court


Date: September 30, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to recuse herself from deciding any case related to Texas’s abortion law passed in 2013.

“Supreme Court justices are not supposed to announce how they will rule on a case before they even hear oral arguments. It’s a question of basic integrity and common sense.” said Fr. Pavone. “Justice Ginsburg has already announced to the world how she would vote on a key question regarding Texas’s abortion law that’s now in federal court. That’s wrong and she should remove herself from any decision on that law.”

At issue in legal challenges to Texas’s abortion law is whether it is intended to protect women’s health or just a way to close abortion clinics. Justice Ginsburg strongly implied to an interviewer that she has already made up her mind on this question. When asked if legislatures can be trusted to protect “access to reproductive choice,” she answered, “How could you trust legislatures in view of the restrictions states are imposing? Think of the Texas legislation that would put most clinics out of business.”

“This really boils down to what Justice Ginsburg values more, protecting the integrity of the Supreme Court, or protecting the abortion industry,” added Fr. Pavone. “This is not an abstract, theoretical matter – Justice Ginsburg has already decided a specific case she hasn’t even heard yet. By any logical standard, she should recuse herself from any Supreme Court decision on any part of Texas’s abortion laws.”

Legal challenges to various sections of Texas’s 2013 abortion law are currently before federal courts and are widely expected to reach the Supreme Court in the next year or two. In question are provisions stating that abortion clinics must meet the health and safety standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that abortionists should have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that they can continue to provide care to women experiencing emergency complications.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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