by Steven Ertelt
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."