People For the American Way Names Pro-Abortion Attorney as New President

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 4, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 4,

Washington, DC ( — A leading pro-abortion attorney has been named as the new president of People For the American Way, a Washington-based abortion advocacy group. The group has repeatedly joined abortion advocates in going after nominees to the Supreme Court that have found favor with pro-life advocates.

Kathryn Kolbert will take the reins of PFAW in mid-March and, when she does, her background may lead her to move the group even more towards abortion advocacy.

According to a statement received, PFAW credited Kolbert with saving Roe vs. Wade with her 1992 argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey.

Kolbert was a founder and vice president of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (since renamed the Center for Reproductive Rights), a pro-abortion law firm. CRLP has been involved in promoting abortion on a worldwide scale and defending infamous late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller.

During her early career she developed the state legislative advocacy program at the ACLU for the abortion advocacy section of that law firm.

Norman Lear, founder of People For the American Way and a member of the board’s presidential search committee said the group is excited to welcome Kolbert on board.

She will succeed Ralph Neas, who led People For the American Way for eight years and applauded her selection.

People For the American Way Foundation was one of two groups that filed a lawsuit seeking to stop revisions of the video that plays at the Lincoln Memorial. The National Park Service revised it after a rash of complaints that footage in it included several shots of abortion advocates and none of pro-life rallies.

In 2003, Congressman Todd Tiahrt, a Kansas Republican, convinced the Park Service to change the video. Echoing concerns of pro-life groups, Tiahrt objected to the portions of the video that depicts 16 seconds of footage from a NARAL pro-abortion rally.

Meanwhile, PFAW joined other pro-abortion groups in running nationwide ad campaigns opposing the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito.