Ads Launched on Radical Records of Potential Obama Supreme Court Nominees
by Steven Ertelt
May 18, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A conservative judicial watchdog group has launched a series of new ads that focus on the radical records of the potential nominees of President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court. The Judicial Confirmation Network shows how the members of Obama’s short list are out of touch with Americans on abortion.
While national polls show a majority of Americans are pro-life on abortion, the ads expose how the potential Obama high court picks are pro-abortion.
JCN spokeswoman Wendy Long, who helped lead a grassroots effort to support President Bush’s judicial selections, told LifeNews.com that everyone on Obama’s short list is outside the mainstream.
With the bully pulpit of the presidency, Congress, and the media under the control of liberals, the American people are getting a giant deception about the the liberal judicial activist philosophy of nominees floated as frontrunners, Long said.
"They are not moderates or centrists; they hard-left activists who would decide cases based on their feelings and their personal political agendas," she highlighted.
One ad focuses on Judge Diane Wood, a member of the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, who has a long history of taking the pro-abortion side when it comes to pro-life issues.
Wood ruled against bans on partial-birth abortion in cases involving legislation from Wisconsin and Illinois. She joined the federal court in ruling that Wisconsin’s law was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s first ruling on partial-birth abortions in 2000.
Judge Wood also ruled in favor of abortion advocates by allowing them to misuse the RICO law designed to control mob activities to sue pro-life protesters.
"Wood ruled that peaceful abortion demonstrators should be punished under the same law that applies to mob bosses," the JCN ad says. "The 1st Amendment allows Nazis to march in Skokie, Illinois [Wood ruled]. But, apparently in Diane Woods court, opponents of abortion or students who share religious faith get less protection for their expression."
"When Woods decision to discriminate against peaceful demonstrators came before the very court President Obama might appoint her to, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected Woods position," the ad continues. "America deserves better."
A second ad highlights Sonia Sotomayor, a Hispanic judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
"Judging by her 100% reversal rate as a court of appeals judge, the chances don’t look good for this potential Obama nominee," the ad explains.
Another ad focuses on Elena Kagan, the pro-abortion lawyer whom the Senate confirmed to become Obama’s Solicitor General. She has been described by pro-life groups as "a strong supporter of the pro-abortion agenda" who "has vigorously opposed the de-funding of taxpayer-funded clinics which promote abortions."
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