Harriet Miers Backed Abortion Ban in Response to Pro-Life Survey

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 18, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 18, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In response to a questionnaire from a Texas pro-life group when she was a candidate for the Dallas city council, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said she supported a constitutional amendment that would ban most abortions. The information comes to light as Miers’ nomination is surrounded by controversy as to whether the White House made assurances to pro-life groups that she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Texans United for Life send a questionnaire to Miers in 1989 which asked, "If Congress passes a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that would prohibit abortion except when it was necessary to prevent the death of the mother, would you actively support its ratification by the Texas Legislature."

According to an Associated Press report, Miers checked the "yes" box in response.

In addition, Miers checked the pro-life response to all of the groups questions, including whether or not to use taxpayer funds to pay for abortions, and whether she would use her position on the city council to keep pro-abortion people off of boards and commissions that might have something to do with abortion.

The survey was part of a package of materials sent to the Senate as it prepares to review Miers’ record.

Yesterday, Senate Republicans said they hoped to begin hearings on her nomination to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor by November 7. That would allow the full Senate enough time to vote on the nomination before it breaks for the Thanksgiving recess.

Seeking to deflect some of the criticism that is sure to come her way from abortion advocates, White House spokesman Jim Dyke told AP that, "A candidate taking a political position in the course of a campaign is different from the role of a judge making a ruling in the judicial process."

The questionnaire is one of the more concrete indications of Miers’ pro-life views.

The pro-life community has been split on her nomination with some, like Dr. James Dobson, Christian Coalition and National Right to Life endorsing her. Others, like the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, are taking a wait and see approach.

People who know Miers well say she is pro-life and point to her evangelical Christian views. A former campaign manager for her city council bid says she opposes abortion, Miers gave a donation to Texans United for Life and went to two of the organizations’ banquets.

Yesterday, Miers told pro-abortion Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer that no one knows for sure how she will vote on the issue of abortion if confirmed to the Supreme Court.