Abortion Advocates Look to Next Supreme Court Pick After Harriet Miers

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 28, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In the wake of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers taking herself out of consideration for the high court, pro-abortion groups are already looking forward to fighting against the next nominee. Leading abortion advocacy organizations are in fundraising-mode to build up their coffers for another battle.

"This moment is a window of opportunity," Planned Parenthood interim president Karen Pearl wrote to supporters. "And your donation can help Planned Parenthood fight the confirmation of any nominee who threatens [abortion]."

The nation’s largest abortion business appears ready to fight any nominee President Bush hands down.

"As soon as the nomination is announced, the nominee will immediately decide whether to be upfront with the public, or to continue the legacy of previous Bush nominees and be evasive about his or her intent to [overturn abortion]," Pearl said.

Looking back to the Miers’ nomination, Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, an abortion business trade group, said Miers’ withdrawal was a sign Bush caved in to pro-life advocates who had mixed feelings about her nomination.

"Today’s withdrawal of Harriet Miers to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States demonstrates the President’s inability to withstand pressures from far-right ideologues within his own party," Saporta said.

Saporta pointed out that the next nominee will replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the swing vote on partial-birth abortions and one of six justices to uphold Roe v. Wade.

"With Sandra Day O’Connor’s crucial swing seat still unfilled, the situation could not be more urgent ," she said.