Abortion Advocates Criticize President Bush on Judges, FDA Director

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 16, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates are upset with President Bush for sending a list of pro-life judges to the Senate for confirmation and for appointing a new director to the Food and Drug Administration who understands that the RU 486 abortion drug was responsible for the deaths of three women.

On Monday, President Bush nominated about twenty pro-life judges he wants on federal appeals and district courts. Some of the names include those who were the victims of filibusters by abortion advocates in the Senate.

That’s not going over well with the folks at Planned Parenthood.

"President Bush calls himself a ‘uniter,’ but by renominating these judges he shows his extremist ideological bent," said PPFA Interim President Karen Pearl.

"The president knows that these ultraconservative nominees are unacceptable. He is trying to create a controversy that will distract the American people and prevent the Senate from accomplishing real work on pressing issues."

The president said that he sent the list to the Senate because America’s courts need judges who "faithfully interpret the law, not legislate from the bench."
“Every judicial nominee deserves a prompt hearing and an up-or-down vote on the floor of the United States Senate," President Bush added.

Meanwhile, President Bush nominated Lester Crawford, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, as the new head of the agency.

Last year the FDA strengthened its black box warning labels on the RU 486 drug, making them the most severe the agency issues. Abortion advocates disagreed with the need for stronger warnings and claimed the abortion pills were not responsible for the deaths of three women.

"Our investigation reveals that it was due to mifepristone," Dr. Crawford said in response.

Bush’s selection received condemnation from NARAL, a leading abortion advocacy group.

"By rewarding Crawford for buckling under political pressure, President Bush is showing his true colors once again — in this administration, keeping far-right activists happy is the most important thing," said Nancy Keenan, president of the organization.

Crawford indicated the agency was concerned that infections leading to a woman’s death could be brought on without the normal telltale indicators. Holly Patterson died in September 2003 after a sudden infection brought on by the abortion drug.

"We believe that physicians may not be as aware as they might be that these infections can occur without the usual signs," Crawford said.

ACTION: Contact your senators and urge support for President Bush’s judicial picks. You can find contact information for any senator at https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm