Pro-Life Advocates Have Mixed Reaction to Harriet Miers Nomination

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 3, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 3, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Pro-life advocates Monday had mixed reactions for President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. One leading pro-life attorney says he believes Miers will be a better on pro-life issues that pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor while a pro-life group says it’s taking a wait and see approach.

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, said "President Bush showed exceptional judgment in naming Harriet Miers."

"At a time when the high court is facing some of the most critical issues of the day — including a number of cases dealing directly with abortion and life issues — the person who replaces Justice O’Connor is critical," Sekulow explained.

"Harriet Miers is an excellent choice with an extraordinary record of service in the legal community and is certain to approach her work on the high court with a firm commitment to follow the Constitution and the rule of law," Sekulow said. "I have been privileged to work with her in her capacity as White House counsel. She is bright, thoughtful, and a consummate professional and I enthusiastically endorse her nomination."

Meanwhile, Concerned Women for America expressed guarded optimism in response to Miers’ nomination.

"We give Harriet Miers the benefit of the doubt because thus far, President Bush has selected nominees to the federal courts who are committed to the written Constitution," said Jan LaRue, Concerned Women for America’s chief counsel.

"Whether we can support her will depend on what we learn from her record and the hearing process," LaRue added.

LaRue said CWA hopes the Senate will give Miers a prompt and fair hearing and vote.