Monday, May 24, 2010

Pro-lifers Agree with Obama: Elena Kagan is Pro-abortion

"The jig is up" on the President's pick for the Supreme Court. The spin that she's a moderate and that pro-abortion advocates fear she's pro-life has failed to fool Christians.

UPDATE 6/4/10: New Supreme Court Documents Show Elena Kagan's Pro-Abortion Position

-- From "Catholic Bishops Leave Coalition Group Backing Pro-Abortion Pick Elena Kagan" by Steven Ertelt, Editor 5/20/10

The nation's Catholic bishops have left a coalition of organizations that recently endorsed the Supreme Court nomination of pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The Coalition for Constitutional Values is running a television and Internet commercial praising President Barack Obama's selection.

The Coalition for Constitutional Values is a project of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), a coalition of 200 groups. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was a member of the LCCHR, and as a member pays an annual membership fee.

Catholic writer Deal Hudson, in a national editorial, called on the USCCB to leave the coalition over the nomination of Kagan, who would join the 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court that has kept legal abortions in place since 1973.

In a press statement,Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Peace, said the USCCB was leaving the coalition.

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From "Elena Kagan's Reliance on Foreign Law Worries Pro-Life Group on Abortion" by Steven Ertelt, Editor 5/21/10

Elena Kagan's reliance on foreign law for statutory interpretation presents another concern for pro-life advocates, says Americans United for Life in a new memo about President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. The pro-life legal group says Kagan could use it as another basis to support legal abortions.

The use of foreign law in defending unlimited abortion "rights" as laid out in Roe v. Wade is nothing new for the pro-life movement.

It came up during the confirmation hearings on pro-abortion Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who pledged not to use it.

But the nomination of Kagan to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens raises anew the specter of jurists relying on international law and court decisions from abroad to firm up pro-abortion case law in the United States.

During her Senate confirmation hearings last year to become U.S. Solicitor General, lawmakers asked Kagan about the use of foreign law and she responded: "At least some members of the Court find foreign law relevant in at least some contexts. When this is the case, I think the Solicitor General's office should offer reasonable foreign law arguments to attract these Justices' support for the positions that the office is taking."

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From "Anti-Abortion Group Seeks Kagan Hearing Delay" by Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers in U.S. News & World Report 5/24/10

One of the nation's most prominent anti-abortion groups is seeking a delay in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan in order to provide the Clinton library time to find and make public her key writings while a White House lawyer and later domestic policy aide.

Americans United for Life, which is fast becoming one of the leading foes of Kagan, currently the U.S. Solicitor General, believes the documents in the Little Rock, Ark., library are important because President Obama's pick has no judicial experience and thus no written opinions from which to determine her political leanings.

In a letter to Judiciary Chairman Sen. Pat Leahy and others, AUL President Charmaine Yoest wrote: "We are deeply concerned that the Senate Judiciary Committee will have insufficient time to review Elena Kagan's record before commencing her hearing on June 28, 2010. Therefore, we request that you provide whatever time is needed for members to thoroughly prepare for the hearing, even if it requires postponing the hearing date."

The letter was prompted when the director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum last week said it would be very difficult to find and turn over to the committee documents related to Kagan's time at the White House.

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