Pro-Life Groups: Senate Should Hold Fair Hearings on John Roberts

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 12, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 12, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups on Monday called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold fair hearings on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. The panel opened its hearings today with introductory statements and opening remarks from Roberts.

Sen. Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican who heads the committee, opened the process by promising, "I am committed to conducting a full, fair and dignified hearing."

Pro-life groups are going to hold him to that commitment.

Concerned Women for America said it eagerly awaits fair and impartial treatment of Roberts during the hearing.

"Americans must demand that senators’ unjustified demands aren’t allowed to subvert the confirmation process and deny confirmation of qualified nominees," Wendy Wright, the women’s group’s executive vice president commented.

"An independent judiciary is one that is not politicized. Senators should restrain themselves from demanding comments from Judge Roberts on political issues or potential upcoming cases," Wright added.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council said his group will be "watching these proceedings closely."

"There are a number of good friends who are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee … who will be trying to ensure the hearings process is fair and balanced," Perkins said.

"Their counterparts from the other side of the aisle include some of the most partisan politicians in Congress," Perkins explained "[They] are likely to falsely paint Judge Roberts as some cartoon villain — tying women … to the train tracks."