Obama Pro-Abortion Appeals Court Pick Hamilton May Have Easy Senate Vote
by Steven Ertelt
March 17, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Early indications are that federal Judge David Hamilton, the abortion advocate President Barack Obama appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals as his first judicial pick, may have an easy Senate confirmation vote. At least one Republican has already indicated he supports the nomination.
Obama also apparently spoke with other Republican lawmakers and is said to have earned additional support for the pro-abortion nominee.
David Hamilton is an Indiana-based federal judge who drew the ire of pro-life advocates for issuing repeated rulings preventing an informed consent law from going into effect.
The law would allow women considering an abortion to receive information abortion centers don’t normally provide about its medical risks and alternatives. Judge Hamilton’s ruling went against decisions by the Supreme Court and other federal appeals courts and prompted a rebuke from members of the 7th Circuit.
That didn’t stop Obama from appointing him and it is not stopping members of the Senate from voicing their support.
Senate Republicans have promised to filibuster any Obama judicial nominees where the home state Republican senator didn’t sign off on the pick, but nominally pro-life Sen. Dick Lugar says he backs Hamilton.
I enthusiastically support the Senate confirmation of David Hamilton for U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Lugar said, according to a CQ report.
Democrat Evan Bayh, the other Indiana senator for whom Hamilton served as a top staff attorney when Bayh was governor, also backs the nomination. Bayh is one of a few so-called moderate Democrats in the Senate whom pro-life advocates would need to peel away from the Obama camp to defeat pro-abortion judicial picks in a vote or filibuster.
"President Obama is right that Democrats and Republicans can work together to put highly qualified jurists on the federal bench," Bayh said in a statement.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, who would oversee the panel’s confirmation hearing, praised Hamilton’s selection and claimed it was better than the nominees President Bush put forward.
Despite the support from some senators and organizations that advocate judicial modesty, pro-life advocates will likely oppose Hamilton’s appointment to the appeals court.
Wendy Long, legal counsel to the conservative Judicial Confirmation Network, said, Hamilton has a history as a hard-left political activist, and his choice signals that Obama does intend to push extreme liberals onto the bench and politicize the courts as we’ve never seen before."
Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, agreed and said Hamilton’s selection indicates that we will see the more radical side of Obama when it comes to judicial nominations."
Hamilton would fill one of the 15 vacancies that exist on the different federal appeals courts across the nation. The courts frequently handle abortion and pro-life issues such as state legislation that seeks to stop or reduce abortions.
Obama may also be appointing one or more members of the Supreme Court, which could continue the practice of allowing virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy that it first authorized under Roe v. Wade.
ACTION: Contact your members of the Senate and express your opposition to Hamilton’s nomination. You can find contact information for any senator at https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
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