Harriet Miers: Specter Misquoted Me on Right to Privacy Case

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) — Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers says Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter misquoted her after a private meeting between the two. Specter indicated Miers backed the 1965 Griswold case that established a so-called right to privacy that the Supreme Court later used to justify legal abortions.

Specter issued a statement after the meeting saying Miers told him she supported the 1965 decision in Griswold v. Connecticut and agreed a privacy right exists.

However, Specter’s spokesman, Bill Reynolds told Bloomberg News that Miers called Specter’s office after she read news reports of their meeting.

"In their meeting this afternoon Sen. Specter thought Ms. Harriet Miers said she agreed with Griswold v. Connecticut and there was a right to privacy in the Constitution,” Reynolds said in the statement emailed last night.

"Ms. Miers called him to say that he misunderstood her and that she had not taken a position on Griswold or the privacy issue. Sen. Specter accepts Ms. Miers’ statement that he misunderstood what she said,” Reynolds said in the statement, according to Bloomberg.

The Griswold ruling said the state of Connecticut violated the right of married couples to have access to contraception and was later cited in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.

White House spokesman Jim Dyke, who was briefed on the meeting, said Miers cited the Liberty Clause of the Constitution when asked about privacy.

"She did not discuss specific cases. She hasn’t with other senators. She didn’t with other senators in the past,” Dyke told Bloomberg News.

Meanwhile, pro-abortion Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said Miers would not discuss the privacy case with him during their meeting.