Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver believes that if Robert Bork
would have been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987,
Roe v. Wade would have been overturned five years
Robert H. Bork, who stepped in to fire the Watergate prosecutor
at Richard Nixon's behest and whose failed 1980s nomination to the
Supreme Court helped draw the modern boundaries of cultural fights
over abortion, civil rights and other issues, has died. He was
Son Robert H. Bork Jr. confirmed the death Wednesday. His father
had a long career in politics and the law that took him from
respected academic to a totem of conservative grievance.
Bork was accused of being a partisan hatchet man for Nixon when
he fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Saturday
Night Massacre of 1973.
Bork's drubbing during the 1987 Senate nomination hearings made
him a hero to the right and a rallying cry for younger
founder and chairman Mat Staver, tells OneNewsNow he is saddened by
news of Bork's death.
"Certainly it's a sadder moment when we think about
the fact that he could be on the United States Supreme Court," says
the Liberty Counsel founder. "He could have been a justice -- and
had he been a justice we would have had a number of decisions go a
different way. In fact, Roe v. Wade would have been
overturned in 1992 -- but we still suffer from the tragedy of
Bork, he believes, will go down in history as an individual who
not only "stood for principle" but also got the worst reception
ever by a Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing.
"Joe Biden, now the vice president, was chair of that [Senate]
committee," he recalls. "He and Senator Ted Kennedy gave him such a
difficult time and were so mean to Judge Bork simply because he
believed in the rule of law. The Constitution should be interpreted
for what it actually said, not for how judges want to distort it --
and for that he was skewered."
He adds that had if Bork's nomination had been approved by that
committee, things would be different today. "We would have a
Constitution that we respect -- not one that is distorted by
Bork had previously served on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals
and as Solicitor General in the Nixon administration.
Associated Press contiributed to this story.