Harriet Miers Attends Pro-Life Church, Pastor Opposes Abortion

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

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 4, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — When a Supreme Court nominee doesn’t have a black and white record on abortion, groups on both sides of the abortion debate look for nuances that could show a glimpse of how the nominee would rule on the contentious issue. Pro-life advocates may have found one on Harriet Miers with regard to the pro-life evangelical church she attends.

Miers is a longtime member of Valley View Christian Church in Dallas, an evangelical church where she has served on the missions board for 10 years and taught Sunday school.

Rev. Barry McCarty, a pastor for the congregation for 25 years, has been very outspoken in his views against abortion.

"The right-to-life principle is the cornerstone of American law," he wrote in a January article in The Lookout, a magazine that is a member of the Evangelical Press Association, a Christian publication trade group.

"The logic of abortion is not only wrong, it has put American culture on a dangerous moral slope," McCarty added.

Kevin McCullough, a pro-life advocate and radio talk show host, said he had a lengthy interview with another Valley View pastor, Ron Key, about Miers and came away impressed with her pro-life credentials and is ready to support her.

"I am now ready to fully support Miers," McCullough said. "She stands for the protection of life — born and pre-born."

"And she stands for the authority of the text of the Constitution," McCullough added. "In other words she is as strong a Constructionist as she is a Biblical believer. She treats both texts with respect that realizes that text holds an objective authoritative standard that should not ‘grow’ or ‘change’ over time."

Pro-life Texas Supreme Court Judge Nathan Hecht is an elder at the church and also says Miers is pro-life.

On abortion, he told World Magazine, "her personal views are consistent with that of evangelical Christians… You can tell a lot about her from her decade of service in a conservative church."