by Steven Ertelt
July 28, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading abortion advocacy group has filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain documents from the White House about President Bush’s decision to nominate appeals court judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court. NARAL claims the positive reaction to the nomination from pro-life groups is a sign that the president colluded with them to put Roberts on the high court.
"[T]he jubilant reaction from organizations that have advocated the overturning of Roe v. Wade reflected the undue influence these groups may have had on this selection," NARAL president Nancy Keenan claimed.
"We are filing this request because the public has a right to the same information regarding a potential Supreme Court Justice as representatives of ideological pressure groups," Keenan explained.
Roberts’ views on the issue of abortion are at the center over the debate about his nomination.
During his prior work for former President Bush, Roberts crated a legal brief in a Supreme Court case arguing that Roe v. Wade is bad law and should be overturned. Later, in his 2003 hearings for the appellate court position, he said Roe was "settled law."
Pro-life organizations have generally supported Roberts’ nomination.
They believe his record, his legal brief, his traditional Catholic views, and the work his wife has performed with Feminists for Life of America, a pro-life women’s group, shows Roberts will be likely to uphold pro-life laws and be another vote on the court to overturn Roe.
Keenan wonders if pro-life organizations have some inside information about Roberts not available to the public.
"The essential question is, ‘What do they know about John Roberts and how do they know it," she asked.
NARAL is seeking "records or descriptions of any contacts between President Bush or other administration officials" and pro-life organizations. Their letter to Harriet Miers, a Bush assistant and legal counsel, names prominent pro-life groups such as National Right to Life, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, and the Heritage Foundation.
Manuel Miranda, chairman of the Third Branch Conference, a group supporting Bush’s court picks that NARAL named in the letter, said, "FOIA requests do not apply to the White House … which is why press releases like this are done."