President Bush Defends Harriet Miers Pick, Says He’s Pro-Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 4, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

President Bush Defends Harriet Miers Pick, Says He’s Pro-Life Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 4, 2005

Washington, DC ( — President Bush on Tuesday defended his nomination of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court position vacated by outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He hopes to reassure pro-life groups that she shares their views on strictly interpreting the Constitution rather than redefining it to include so-called rights like abortion.

"I know her; I know her heart,” Bush said at a White House press conference. "I know what she believes. I know exactly the kind of judge she’ll be, which is an excellent judge.”

Miers "shares my philosophy that judges should strictly interpret the laws and the Constitution,” Bush said. He added he’s confident Miers won’t legislate from the bench and "won’t change” her philosophy.

Rejecting concerns from abortion advocates, the president also explained that he has no litmus test about abortion and never asked Miers about her opinion on the subject. He also said he doesn’t recall discussing the issue in the past.

At the same time, the president asserted that he was a "proudly" conservative and "pro-life" president.

President Bush urged the Senate to approve Miers’ nomination by the middle of November so she can take her seat on a Supreme Court that has already started its term. He also wants Congress to be able to resume focusing on hurricane relief instead of being bogged down by a Supreme Court battle.