Supreme Court nominee Judge Robert Bork passes away

Fate of Roe v. Wade may have been determined by his rejection


The following comes from a December 19 story on

The pro-life movement today is morning the passing of Judge Robert Bork, a pro-life champion who was famously attacked by abortion advocates and denied a spot on the Supreme Court, where he could have become the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Bork, who was a LifeNews reader for many years, died at the age of 85 from complications of heart ailments.

Bork was nomination to the Supreme Court but was so aggressively attacked by Democrats who opposed his nomination over his conservative ad pro-life views that the term “Borked” entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2002 as a verb meaning to block a nominee for public office by vilification.

Judge Bork was often praised for his brilliant legal work and his service as Solicitor General and then Acting Attorney General but he became a household name after he was attacked following his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.

Some pro-life political observers have said over the years that had Bork been confirmed and Justice Souter not betrayed conservatives by supporting abortion, Roe may well have bee overturned by now and millions of unborn children saved.

Conservative writer Roger Kimball recalled the famous attacks on the pro-life nominee.

“The vicious campaign waged against Judge Bork set a new low—possibly never exceeded—in the exhibition of unbridled leftist venom, indeed hate,” he writes today.

“Reporters combed through the Borks’ trash hoping to find comprising tidbits; they inspected his movie rentals, and were disgusted to find the films of John Wayne liberally represented.”

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  1. May the Judge’s soul and those of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

    • Amen.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Judge Bork is probably observing his nemisis Cardinal Wuerl’s and O’Malley’s “Saint” Ted Kennedy but from a much cooler location, and Teddy is most likely observing the man he tried to destroy with the help of his fellow Demoncrats from a VERY warm location!

      In the end, God’s justice always rules!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  2. I believe you, Anita (Bryant).

    • Maryanne Leonard says:

      I do not! I believe in Judge Thomas, a fine and honest Catholic man, her moral, social, intellectual and professional superior, whom she tried to vilify. Her ridiculous testimony was not believed, even by those in Congress who were trying to find ways to Bork him successfully. Read his autobiography, and/or look up his hours-long interview on Book TV, and his openness, frankness, transparency and precision of speech in search of the truth will reflect his excellent Catholic education and high personal moral standards as well as his fine legal mind. His innocence is obvious, even to those who do not like him personally and who oppose his political views.

      • Maryann, Judge Bork was the greatest. The joke is, the slogan of the “Borkers”, “I believe you Anita”, with a picture of Anita Bryant, not Anita Hill. (A famous picture of Anita Bryant shows her reaching up picking an orange from a tree in an orange grove.)

        Did you ever hear of Anita (Bryant)? She is a former Miss Oklahoma, had four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including “Paper Roses”, which reached #5.

        Anita Bryant has been a stand-up defender of traditional marriage; in 1977 she led a campaign to repeal the a Dade County ordinance “prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation”, as the leader of Save Our Children.

        Anita Bryant had done commercials for Florida Citrus Commission. (“Breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.”) Anita Bryant was dropped by them after standing up for children’s rights. Now that courts are routinely awarding non-parental custody to children from broken homes, everything that Anita pioneered has been shown to be right.

        • Anon, are you sure the Dade County ordinance was just about prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, or did it go further to include the practice? It has been so long I have forgotten the details.

      • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

        MaryAnn Leonard,

        I do believe that Judge Bork was a late convert, are you sure he had a Catholic education?

        God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
        Kenneth M. Fisher

    • (Read the post – it’s a joke. Judge Bork would laugh.)

    • Do you mean Anita Bryant or Anita Hill?

  3. Abeca Christian says:

    God bless him, he will always be remembered. May be rest in peace.

  4. Rest in peace, Judge Robert Bork, finally hidden away in the bosom of the Lord from your tormentors. Your “Slouching Toward Gomorrah” hit the nail right on the head. You tried to warn us, a prophet indeed.This country has slouched far enough toward Gomorrah, and, pray God, we finally repentantly make our way up out of the muck and all is not lost and a new dawn for this nation begins.

  5. Larry from RI says:

    Gommorough is here!!!!!

  6. Thank you for your service to America Judge Bork.

  7. It isn’t that I agreed with everything Judge Bork said, but the vile immoral way some, who lived in glass houses themselves, sought to destroy this man disgusted me and many others.. Judge Bork was right, though, on many, many things and was not the vile man his detractors portrayed him to be. At least one of them, had he been a decent man and decent he was not, should have dismissed himself from the investigation as his sins were far worse than any Judge Bork had committed, and most of us suspected by his behavior why the detractor defended abortion so adamantly..

    • De mortuis nihil nisi bonum. Speak no ill of the dead. I should be so blessed as to have 1% of Judge Bork’s honors.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:

      Anne T.,

      An innocent (at least I hope she was) person died from that other one’s decision, and he is paying for it and other things now, probably for Eternity! His name was Teddy Kennedy, the Hero of Chapaquidick!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

      • Kenneth, I think she was innocent, but some others were not so innocent I believe. Of course, that is only my opinion.

  8. He was a brilliant, pro-life man who was also a very devout Catholic convert. I feel the suffering he endured under Ted Kennedy and his democrat persecutors gave him much grace and dignity. It was certainly a loss for the pro-life side when his nomination was defeated. I admire Clarence Thomas, but he just wasn’t on fire for life like Judge Bork.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:


      It was a loss for our whole Nation. We most probably would not be faced with the Obamanation had he been seated as Supreme Court Justice of the United States of America, now the Dis-United States of Amerika!

      I had the pleasure of meeting him at an H.L.I. Conference.

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

      • I agree Kenneth. That’s probably why the dems fought so desperately to defeat his nomination and why to ‘bork’ someone is now in the dictionaries. I still can’t believe Kennedy was given a great big showy send-off by the Catholic church in Boston. I was just reading about him in a wonderful article in Crisis magazine (I think…sorry I’m so remiss in my sources) and he was described as the greatist jurist in the history of our nation !

  9. Juergensen says:

    A day of joy for baby butchers, sodomites, and their morally complicit enablers.

    • Kenneth M. Fisher says:


      You mean “Catholics” Biden, Pelosi, Sebelious, Kennedy, etc. etc. ad nauseam!

      God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
      Kenneth M. Fisher

  10. Mark from PA says:

    May Judge Bork rest in peace. I remember Anita Bryant from when I was a young person. I thought she was kind of scary after she started her campaign of hatred directed against gay people. I was taught that we were all God’s children and Anita Bryant’s views were foreign to me.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      Are we referring to Anita Bryant the serial adulterer?

      • Judge not lest thee be judge, isn’t that what you liberal say ad nauseam????…..

      • My fellow fallen away Catholic,

        Excellent! I told you there was hope. So you DO recognize that certain sins offend God. I do not know if Anita Bryant committed adultery or not but you are accusing her of this particular sin.

        Now what is your excuse and what is the reasoning behind you’re terrible decision to offend God? Since you are willing to admit that adultery committed between a man and woman is offensive to God, then how much more offensive to God is the sin of committing unnatural acts that mock God’s creation of natural law?

        You are not supposed to call Anita a big adulterer while you are admittedly living a “fruitless lifestyle” yourself. You brought up Anita committing sin and then you turn right around and say, “Well if you can’t beat sin you might as well join in with Anita.”

        I used the words “fruitless lifestyle’ because Sacred Scripture teaches us THAT THE WAGES OF SIN ARE DEATH. ….Physician for Anita Bryant…Heal thy own “fruitless lifestyle.”

        “If you wish to imitate the multitude, then you shall not be among the few who shall enter in by the narrow gate.” St. Augustine

      • WHAT???

        i thought old anita was supposed to be the essence of purity and light.

        she committed adultery?

        never heard this before…are you sure you’ve got the right woman?

    • Mark from PA, there is a huge difference between compassion and condoning sin. No wonder you found Anita Bryant “scary”. You have a tendency to cross over the line and condone sin.

    • And she was right….I know that for experience PA

  11. The Democrats were even the evil PARTY of DEATH back in those days.

    May God bless and keep you Judge Bork.

  12. Not sure where to post this but the brother of Father Luke at St. Rose of Lima, Newtown Ct has asked for prayers and, if you can, Christmas cards and words of encouragement for the priests there. Aside from coping with the tragedy, the funerals( I think 8 children went to the church), supporting the families, and their own personal devastation at the loss of so many of their parish’s children, there have been bomb threats and Father Luke has had to deal with identity theft and online hacking. You can see his letter at the Anchoress blog. Address: Father Luke Suarez 46 Church Hill Rd Newtown CT 06470

    • Thanks k. I sent his address to my church prayer chain yesterday. The post office there will be pretty busy for the next week delivering Christmas cards and good will messages. God bless our beloved priests.

      • Thank you, K, for your post. Indeed it will, Dana, as many of us have sent the letter around and sent cards or cards with a check.

  13. Anton L. Seidl says:

    Judge Bork’s name will forever be linked to that Boston Catholic paragon Ted Kennedy. The shameful and cynical treatment this noble soul received at the hands of this wretched and dishonest politician should never be forgotten by decent men. I shudder everytime the Kennedy’s are even today lionized as exemplary Catholics in presumably Catholic circles. Will these people ever get the difference beween noble and ignoble? Requiescat in pace, Judge Bork!

  14. Not only will Bork not be borked at the final trumpet, perhaps he’ll be honored to sound it.

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