by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2007
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — Former federal prosecutor Annette Ziegler will be the next member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as she defeated Madison attorney Linda Clifford. The Washington County circuit judge received 58 percent of the vote to Clifford’s 42 percent — a result that a statewide pro-life group says is good news.
Ziegler will replace retiring Justice Jon Wilcox on August 1 and her promise not to legislate from the bench won her praise form pro-life groups.
"Pro-life voters throughout the state understood the vital importance of this race," Wisconsin Right to Life legislative director Susan Armacost told LifeNews.com in a statement.
"They also understood that the judicial philosophies of Judge Zieger and Linda Clifford were worlds apart," she added.
According to the group, Ziegler said that she would defer to the legislature on key political issues and fairly and impartially rule in cases of concern to Wisconsin Right to Life.
"Contrast Judge Ziegler’s philosophy with how Linda Clifford would address issues of concern to pro-life voters," said Armacost.
"Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, endorsed Clifford. That organization publicly stated that Linda Clifford would swing the State Supreme Court to a pro-abortion majority. That one statement says it all," Armacost concluded.
Wisconsin voters may face a similar judicial election campaign next year as Justice Louis Butler, appointed by pro-abortion Gov. Jim Doyle, faces his first test on the ballot.
Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org