Republican presidential candidate John Kasich told a voter in New Hampshire Wednesday that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States is the "law of the land."
"I would like to ask whether you can respect the Roe versus Wade decision, and I ask because as a lifelong libertarian, I'm looking for a candidate to support who is both a fiscal conservative and not a threat to a woman's right to control her own body," said a voter at a town hall event in Salem, New Hampshire.
"Obviously, it's the law of the land now, and we live with the law of the land," Kasich replied. Watch the video below:
Earlier this week, in an interview with CNN, Kasich suggested Republicans focus "too much" on the issue of abortion at the expense of other issues like "early childhood, infant mortality, the environment, education."
A request to Kasich's campaign from THE WEEKLY STANDARD for further comment about Roe v. Wade has not yet been returned. (The campaign has responded. See update.)
Update: Kasich campaign spokesman Chris Schrimpf responds by noting that in a press availability after the event, the Ohio governor touted his pro-life record. Here's what Kasich said, according to Schrimpf: "There are restrictions that we put in, we've done a lot of things in Ohio effecting abortions after 20 weeks, but until that law changes, that's the law. If the court makes a ruling, they make a ruling, but I think there are absolutely legitimate and constitutional restrictions that can be put on it."
Asked about Kasich's own judicial appointments if he were elected president, Schrimpf did not say whether Kasich would apply a "litmus test" with respect to overturning Roe. "He respects the constitutionally-proscribed independence of the judiciary, but in the judicial appointments he has made as governor he has consistently sought judges who, as President Reagan said, practice ‘judicial restraint,’ and understand that the courts are not 'vehicles for political action and social experimentation’ and he would pursue that approach as President," said Schrimpf in an email.
Following today's annual March For Life in Washington, D.C., Fox News's Brit Hume appeared on Special Report this evening and delivered some stirring remarks about the ongoing travesty of legalized abortion:
In a statement marking the controversial Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, President Obama says that "this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
I think it's fair to say that pro-life activists could not have conceived of a parody of the pro-choice movement this on target—and yet this is an actual ad produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights: