Senate Questions Harriet Miers on Potential Abortion Case Promises

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 14, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 14, 2005

Washington, DC ( — The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know whether Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers promised President Bush, pro-life advocates or anyone else that she would vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. They also want to know in general if she made any promises on any cases or issues to attract support for her nomination.

The judicial panel sent a questionnaire to Miers asking her for any communications between her and anyone else where she may have discussed "how you would rule" on any potential Supreme Court cases.

"Did you make any representations to any individuals or interest groups as to how you might rule as a justice if confirmed?” Miers is asked in the survey.

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders have accused pro-life advocate Dr. James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, of knowing some inside information as to how Miers might rule on a vote to overturn Roe.

On his nationally syndicated radio program last week, Dobson hinted he knew some information about Miers he shouldn’t have known and that it made him comfortable to endorse her nomination.

This week, Dobson revealed the only information he knew was anecdotal information showing Miers to be pro-life, which and other news outlets have reported. Dobson also said he was told that Miers was named because she is a woman and that other potential picks withdrew because they didn’t want to face the brutality of the confirmation process.

Top Judiciary Democrat Sen. Pat Leahy, a pro-abortion Vermont senator, told Bloomberg News that he is still worried about Dobson’s earlier remark.

"Dr. Dobson earlier seemed confident that he had all the assurances he needed about how she would vote as a justice on issues that are his litmus test,” Leahy said.

The questionnaire also asks Miers how she would resolve any conflicts of interest with her service as White House chief counsel and a longtime Bush advisor. Senate Democrats say there may be some cases where Miers should recuse herself.