Abortion Advocates, Democrats Prepare Strategy for Stopping Bush Judges

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 19, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 19, 2004

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Leading abortion advocacy groups and the Democratic Party are preparing their strategies on how to lobby members of the U.S, Senate and rally their troops together to stop President Bush from nominating pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.

NARAL is rallying its members together in anticipation of a forthcoming Supreme Court appointment that it notes could come soon given the tenuous health of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

The pro-abortion group sent an email to its members telling them they expect pro-life advocates to "put everything they have into securing an anti-choice majority on the Court, which is within their grasp."

"Right now, Roe v. Wade is only supported by a razor-thin majority — and we expect three or even four Justices to retire while Bush is in office," NARAL says.

While NARAL fully expects Bush to pick judicial candidates who are outwardly pro-life, their biggest concern is a "stealth candidate" who is pro-life but shows little track record on abortion, making an attack more difficult.

"President Bush may nominate a judge with a clear anti-choice record," NARAL revealed. "But his team knows that the American majority is pro-choice, and will fight an extreme nominee. So it’s quite possible he will nominate a stealth candidate — one without a clear record on privacy and choice, but who opposes choice nonetheless, making it even more difficult to fight."

NARAL told its members in the email it expects to lobby, "educate" the public, and develop an intense advertising plan to stop judicial nominees.

Meanwhile, in an email to its members, the Democratic National Committee says it’s preparing to fight against anywhere from one to three potential Supreme Court nominees.

The party, which bashed Bush on his pro-life judicial picks during the election and secured the aid of former NARAL president Kate Michelman in that effort, says that it expects the president to pick judges who are "extreme" on the issue of abortion.

"The Democratic Party will not stand by and let President Bush use the Supreme Court to placate the most extreme members of his party," the DNC wrote. "We will fight for a nominee who will protect the rights and values we hold dear, and you will be a crucial part of that fight."

The party said members can expect further emails with specific instructions on how to help derail Bush’s judicial nominees.