Monday, May 17, 2010

Obama Sure Elena Kagan Pro-abortion: Supreme Court

Even as the mainstream media tout Supreme Court nominee Kagan as a moderate with unknown positions on hot-button issues, the Los Angeles Times reports that the White House is certain of her liberal credentials; her pro-abortion record is clear.

-- From "Kagan's abortion stance has both sides guessing" posted Los Angeles Times, by Christi Parsons and James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau 5/15/10

President Obama's advisors say he has no doubt that Kagan is a legal progressive who will maintain the current balance of the court if confirmed to replace the retiring liberal John Paul Stevens.

. . . The essay Kagan wrote after the 1980 election for the Daily Princetonian, her college newspaper, indicates that on the brink of her career she was a committed liberal.

She wrote of her immediate reaction to Ronald Reagan's election that "the world had gone mad, that liberalism was dead and that there was no longer any place for the ideals we held or the beliefs we espoused," according to a copy of the essay republished this week by the Princeton newspaper.

"Even after the returns came in, I found it hard to conceive of the victories of these anonymous but Moral Majority-backed opponents," she wrote, "these avengers of 'innocent life' and the B-1 bomber, these beneficiaries of a general turn to the right and a profound disorganization on the left."

In those words, and in their punctuation, conservatives detect a personal dislike.

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From "Kagan Helped Craft Clinton Strategy for Blocking Partial-Birth Abortion Ban" by Fred Lucas, Staff Writer 5/17/10

Solicitor General Elena Kagan . . . helped craft President Bill Clinton’s political strategy for sustaining his veto of the partial-birth abortion ban in 1997. As a result of Clinton’s successful veto that year, the ban was not enacted until 2003, when it was signed by President George Bush.

Kagan, who was then deputy director of Clinton’s Domestic Policy Council co-wrote a May 13, 1997 memo with Bruce Reed, the director of the council, urging Clinton to support two Democratic amendments that were being offered as substitutes for the partial-birth abortion ban and that were designed to give cover to Democrats who wanted to vote against the ban but be on record as in some way opposing late-term abortions.

One amendment was sponsored by Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and the other by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.). Both amendments theoretically banned abortion after viability of the fetus, but both included exceptions for the health of the mother (Daschle's language being somewhat more strict)--meaning, in practical effect, that they were unlikely to actually ban abortions. Under the Supreme Court’s 1973 Doe v. Bolton decision, a companion case to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that a woman had a right to abortion after viability for health reasons and defined health to mean “all factors--physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age--relevant to the well-being of the patient.”

The memo from Kagan and Reed to Clinton included a draft letter they advised him to send to Daschle and Feinstein that day endorsing their amendments as a way to maintain “credibility” on the issue and hold support for sustaining his intended veto of the partial-birth abortion ban. They memo said that John Hilley, Clinton’s director of legislative affairs, and Rahm Emanuel, then a White House adviser, supported the strategy.

“We recommend that you send a letter to Congress indicating that you would accept either of these substitute proposals,” said Kagan and Reed’s memo. “John Hilley and Rahm strongly agree, believing that a letter of this kind will help prevent a veto override on this issue.”

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From "Kagan was member of pro-abortion group" by Aaron Klein © 2010 WorldNetDaily 5/16/10

Elena Kagan, President Obama's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, contributed financially to and was a listed member of an organization whose stated goal is to promote access to abortion services and blocks attempts to limit female "reproductive rights."

Kagan's listed herself as a member in the National Partnership for Women and Families, or NPWF, which seeks "to increase women's access to ... reproductive health services and block attempts to limit reproductive rights ... and to give every woman access to ... abortion services."

Kagan admitted to her membership in a 1999 questionnaire she filled out as part of judicial nomination hearings that year.

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