Pro-Abortion Group Opposes President Bush’s Pro-Life Court Pick

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 17,

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-abortion organization is asking its membership to contact their U.S. senators and urge strong opposition to a pro-life federal court nominee President Bush has sent for confirmation. The president wants Wyoming pro-life advocate Richard Honaker to be a federal district court judge in the mountain state.

Bush nominated Honaker to the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming over the summer and the nomination drew the immediate opposition of abortion advocates.

Now, top abortion advocacy group NARAL is spearheading a new push for pro-abortion calls to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to urge a no vote on Honaker’s nomination.

Honaker is a well-respected attorney who has practiced in Wyoming for over 30 years and served as a member of the Wyoming State Senate.

He is known in pro-life circles for proposing the Human Life Protection Act in the state legislature in 1991 and was behind the subsequent state ballot vote in 1994. Voters defeated the ballot measure that year.

That’s what has prompted NARAL president Nancy Keenan to issue an alert last week to her members.

"President Bush nominated yet another staunch anti-choice activist for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench," she said. "Richard Honaker is one of Bush’s most unapologetically anti-choice nominees to date."

"This nominee doesn’t deserve consideration, and most certainly doesn’t deserve confirmation," Keenan added.

Sens. Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi, both Republicans from Wyoming, both previously said they support Honaker’s nomination and will urge their colleagues in the Senate to support him because he would be a judge who wouldn’t legislate from the bench.

Thomas submitted Honaker’s name to the president in January and Bush appointed him after a thorough review. Thomas has since passed away and been replaced by pro-life Sen. John Barrasso, a physician from Casper.

Honaker would fill the seat vacated by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer, who is retiring and taking on senior status.

ACTION: Contact your senator and urge support for Richard Honaker’s nomination by calling 202-224-3121 or going to