Senate OKs Obama Pro-Abortion, Pro-Euthanasia Justice Picks Perrelli and Ogden
by Steven Ertelt
March 12, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Senate signed off on two selections by President Barack Obama for top Justice department jobs who supported abortion and euthanasia. David Ogden and Thomas Perrelli, both of whom drew opposition from the pro-life community, were confirmed on largely partisan votes.
Senators approved Ogden’s nomination to become Deputy Attorney General on a 65-28 vote that saw some Republicans join Democrats to approve him.
Ogden came under fire for denying the physical and mental health problems that plague women who have abortions.
Ogden wrote and filed an amicus brief on behalf of the American Psychological Association for the Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Casey v. Planned Parenthood.
In it, Ogden argued, "Abortion rarely causes or exacerbates psychological or emotional problems. When women do experience regret, depression, or guilt, such feelings are mild and diminish rapidly without adversely affecting general functioning."
Ogden has gone further by arguing against parental notification and saying, because "there is no qualitative … difference between minors … and adults," there is no reason for the parents of a young girl to know if she is having an abortion.
He told the Senate Judiciary Committee he was "quite proud of his record."
Meanwhile, Obama named the lawyer who represented Terri Schiavos husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife as the third highest attorney in the Justice Department.
Thomas Perrelli, who won an award for representing Schiavo’s former husband, had served on Obama’s transition team.
The Senate approved his nomination to be Associate Attorney General on a 72-20 vote with moderate and liberal Republicans joining Democrats to support his nomination and a group of solid pro-life Republicans opposing him.
Perrelli provided Michael Schiavo with legal advice during his response to the Congressional bill that President Bush signed allowing the Schindler family to take their lawsuit seeking to prevent Terris euthanasia death from state to federal courts.
He led the legal team that developed the legal briefs for Michael opposing appeals and he ultimately received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in October 2006 for representing Terris former husband at no cost.
Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, said Obama’s appointment of Perrelli is "just another death-peddler Obama has added to his list of nominees."
Obamas selection of Perrelli as a top Justice Department attorney was no surprise given his comments on Terris painful 13-day starvation and dehydration death during the presidential campaign.
During his debate with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, Obama said his biggest mistake was voting with a unanimous Senate to help save Terri.
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