Senate to Vote Today on Obama’s Pro-Abortion Legal Counsel Pick Dawn Johnsen

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Senate to Vote Today on Obama’s Pro-Abortion Legal Counsel Pick Dawn Johnsen

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 30
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The Senate is expected to vote today on the nomination of Dawn Johnsen, the pro-abortion attorney President Barack Obama selected to become one of his top legal counsels. She has come under fire not just for her pro-abortion position and working for NARAL but equating pregnancy to slavery.

Johnsen was an attorney for NARAL, a top pro-abortion group, and she would become the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel if the Senate confirms her nomination.

She is currently a professor at the Indiana University School of Law, but she is also a longtime abortion advocate and was the Legal Director for NARAL from 1988-1993.

Johnsen has come under fire for equating pregnancy with slavery and she was quizzed about that during her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While Johnsen’s nomination drew opposition from Republicans on the panel, pro-life members of the House of Representatives are also opposed to her nomination.

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, crafted a letter signed by sixty- two members of Congress opposing Johnsen.

"Nominating Johnsen to OLC is a serious slap in the face of pro-life Americans," King said. "Johnsen has condemned virtually every type of regulation of abortion conceived by a legislature and espoused a passionate pro-choice agenda throughout her career."

"Her public records are dominated by pro-abortion rhetoric and criticisms of the pro-life movement," he added.

In addition to the slavery comparison, Johnsen has written that protecting unborn children from abortion makes women into no more than “fetal containers."

“The woman is constantly aware for nine months that her body is not wholly her own: the state has conscripted her body for its own ends. Thus, abortion restrictions, ‘reduce pregnant women to no more than fetal containers," she wrote in a Supreme Court brief.

She also compared pro-life advocates to Ku Klux Klan saying that pro-life advocates sometimes engage in "terrorist behavior" that is "remarkably similar to the conspiracy of violence and intimidation carried out by the Ku Klux Klan."

King concludes that Johnsen’s "intemperate positions and indifference towards those who hold contrary views do not reflect the sober judgment required to lead the Office of Legal Counsel."

"Perhaps President Obama is sincere in his desire to bring both sides together on the abortion issue, but every day Dawn Johnsen heads the OLC is a day that the President will have no credibility with the pro-life community," he says.

After she worked with NARAL, Johnsen served in the Clinton administration as the Acting Assistant Attorney General heading the Office of Legal Counsel from 1997-1998 and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1996. She also served on the Clinton transition team in 1992.

Johnsen is part of the long pro-abortion record Obama has compiled as president.

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