Harriet Miers Tells Senator Don’t "Read Too Much Into" Abortion Survey

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 21, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 21, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates and Republican members of the Senate were pleasantly surprised when a 1989 survey surfaced indicating Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers backed a constitutional amendment banning most abortions. However, Miers told a pro-abortion senator in a meeting this week not to make too much ado about the survey.

Sen. Herb Kohl, a Wisconsin Democrat, says Miers told him during their private meeting Thursday that the survey doesn’t reflect on how she would rule on a potential case to reverse the Roe v. Wade decision.

"She made the point that it was at a different time for a different purpose, that we should not read too much into that in terms of where she might be on the issue of privacy and a woman’s right to choose," Kohl said, according to a Bloomberg News report.

Miers completed the survey in 1989 when she was a candidate for the Dallas city council.

In the questionnaire, sent to her by the pro-life group Texans United for Life, Miers also said she favored not using taxpayer funds for abortions, would be willing to appear at pro-life events, and would use her position to make sure abortion advocates did not get on boards or panels that would influence abortion.

Earlier this week, Miers told pro-abortion Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York that no one knows how she would rule on whether to uphold the controversial landmark abortion case.

Abortion has become a critical issue for Miers because President Bush nominated her to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sanda Day O’Connor. Should Miers vote to overturn Roe, she would make the Supreme Court 5-4 in favor of abortion, assuming new Chief Justice John Roberts joins her in wanting to overturn the case.

The current high court is divided 6-3 in favor of abortion and 5-4 in favor of partial-birth abortions, with O’Connor representing the swing vote.