Senate Confirms Pro-Abortion Obama Nominee Elena Kagan for Solicitor General

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 20, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Senate Confirms Pro-Abortion Obama Nominee Elena Kagan for Solicitor General

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 20
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The nomination didn’t create much of a buzz or opposition, but the Senate voted on Friday to approve Kagan to serve as Solicitor General. However, the selection of Kagan could have a tremendous impact as she will become the attorney who represents the government before the Supreme Court.

Because the Solicitor General defends the laws of the United States, Kagan would be in a position to defend laws that either support or oppose abortion.

The Senate voted 61-31 for Kagan’s nomination with a solid group of pro-life advocates opposing the nomination. The Senate’s small cadre of pro-abortion Republicans joined Senate Democrats in approving her for the prestigious position.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the pro-life women’s group Susan B. Anthony List, told her organization urged pro-life advocates to ask their members of the Senate to vote no on Kagan, who has a longstanding pro-abortion position.

"In the past Kagan has been a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda," Dannenfelser explains. "She has vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions, despite the fact that a majority of Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund abortion providers."

"Can you imagine someone this out of touch with average Americans enforcing our laws which are designed to help protect women and children?" Dannenfelser asked.

Dannenfelser says her position makes it difficult to trust her to adequately defend pro-life laws before the Supreme Court, and she would likely zealously defend any that promote abortion.

"Our laws, like the partial-birth abortion ban and parental notification, may need an enthusiastic defense before the Supreme Court in the months to come. Elena Kagan will not provide the enthusiastic defense needed to protect these laws," she says.

The pro-life women’s leader also says Kagan doesn’t have enough experience to serve in the position.

"Kagan’s nomination questionnaire expressly states that she has no real experience in the courtroom," Dannenfelser tells "In light of her potential role as Solicitor General, this raises serious concerns about the ability of the United States government to defend its positions before the Supreme Court."

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, also says Kagan is the wrong person for the very powerful post.

"Elena Kagan, although well-credentialed as the dean of Harvard Law School, is the Obama choice for Solicitor General, a post so powerful its occupant is often called the 10th Supreme Court justice," he told "Kagan has never argued before the U.S. Supreme Court."

Perkins says pro-life advocates should pay particular attention to the Kagan nomination and oppose it because it could help "determine U.S. legal policy for years to come."

The Kagan pick is the latest in Obama’s long line of pro-abortion nominees.

Related web sites:
Susan B. Anthony List –
Family Research Council –

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