by Kate O’Beirne
November 14, 2005
LifeNews.com Note: Kate O’Beirne is National Review’s Washington editor and author of the upcoming Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote this week on the nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to be assistant secretary of State for the bureau of population, refugees, and migration.
California Democrat Barbara Boxer will reportedly make the case against the former Maryland lawmaker’s confirmation. Senator Boxer’s argument goes something like this: Ellen Sauerbrey, who is pro-life, reliably represents the policy positions of the administration she has served.
While an orchestrated campaign of hostile editorials dishonestly casts Sauerbrey as a political crony in the tradition of FEMA’s hapless Michael Brown, in truth, she is being blackballed by the feminist Left owing to the Bush administration’s position on abortion and its refusal, backed by Congress, to fund abortions through donations to international organizations.
Ellen Sauerbrey is far more than a "Bush loyalist," although as his nominee she would no doubt plead guilty to being loyal to the president’s agenda. And, that’s her sin in the eyes of the monolithic sisterhood.
Sauerbrey has spent 30 years in public life.
She served for 16 years in the Maryland House of Delegates (1978-94) where her formidable skills were recognized by her male colleagues when they elected her as their minority leader. She came within 3/10 of one percent of being elected governor of Maryland in 1994.
I first met Sauerbrey when she served as chairman of ALEC, the bipartisan organization of 7,000 state legislators. In 2001, Sauerbrey was a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and she has been the U.S. representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Woman for the past four years. She has been a forceful voice on behalf of suffering women who have no voice of their own.
To read more about how abortion advocates plan to torpedo the nomination of Sauerbrey, who has strongly defended President Bush’s pro-life policies at the United Nations, click here.