Pro-Abortion Obama legal Pick Dawn Johnsen to Teach Class, Confirmation Waits

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 17, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Obama legal Pick Dawn Johnsen to Teach Class, Confirmation Waits

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 17
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — With pro-abortion advocates dominating Congressional decision-making, pro-life advocates have scored a rare, albeit limited, victory. It appears they have successfully delayed a confirmation vote on Dawn Johnsen to the point that she is heading back to Indiana to teach a class.

Johnsen is the former NARAL legal director who is so radically pro-abortion that she has called women "fetal containers" and compared pregnancy with slavery.

She has also come under fire for labeling pregnant women "losers in the contraceptive lottery" and comparing pro-lifers to the Klu Klux Klan.

In May, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion selection to head the Office of Legal Counsel does not have enough votes to be confirmed. In that position, Johnsen would provide legal advice to Obama and administration officials.

Johnsen is a professor at the Indiana University School of Law and because Reid can’t find 60 votes to stop a filibuster of her nomination, she is returning to the Hoosier state to teach a course.

She will teach a seminar this fall at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law and will commute weekly from Washington to Bloomington, Indiana while she awaits confirmation.

Debbie O’Leary, a spokeswoman for the law school, told the Legal Times blog that the seminar will focus on sexuality and the law, ironic given that abortion has played a role in delaying her nomination.
“Since she’s still on faculty, why not teach?” O’Leary said.

The course description, according to the blog, may lead pro-life advocates to further assume what agenda she will push if confirmed for the Obama administration.

The second and third-year law students will “explore governmental regulation of sexuality and reproduction in the United States. We will focus on regulation aimed at sexual activity, reproduction and sexual orientation, with particular attention to the constitutional protections afforded in those areas.”

The law school separately will work with Johnsen’s tenuous status.

“I think you have to be [flexible] if you expect someone in this position to teach,” O’Leary said.

Johnsen was the Legal Director for NARAL from 1988-1993.

Prior to her working for NARAL, Johnsen worked 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.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Johnsen in February, where she received a party-line 11-7 vote in favor of moving her nomination to the full Senate.

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