by Steven Ertelt
October 19, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — One sheet of paper could be the savior of the Harriet Miers nomination. Although anecdotal evidence made it appear Miers was pro-life, GOP senators were not convinced of her views until the White House produced a 1989 survey yesterday showing she backed a constitutional amendment to oppose most abortions.
The Texans United for Life questionnaire, that Miers answered in 1989, is prompting some Senate Republicans who had been conflicted on her nomination to seriously consider backing her.
Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, a leading pro-life lawmaker considering a 2008 presidential bid, said the survey "does give me a little better indication where her own personal thought process is."
"That’s another piece of the portrait," he said. Two weeks ago Brownback said he would vote against Miers if she didn’t show him she opposed the Roe v. Wade decision that ushered in an era of more than 44 million abortions.
"I am encouraged and have been by a number of things we have heard,” Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, added. "She is at least sensitive to the idea that an unborn child is a human being.”
South Dakota Republican John Thune said the survey increases his "comfort level" about supporting Miers’ bid to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. "She is providing the right sort of answers in terms of what kind of judge should be on the court,” Thune told Bloomberg News.
Pro-life Sen. Lindsey Graham said the survey gives him more reason to trust President Bush’s instincts on Miers.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, a pro-life lawmaker from Alabama agreed and told Bloomberg News, "She was the nominee of the president of the United States who has consistently given us excellent nominees to the bench."