Senate Must Deal With Obama’s Pro-Abortion Nominations After Summer Recess
by Steven Ertelt
September 7, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With members of the Senate heading back to Washington this week after their August recess, the abortion-health care debate is most prominent on their minds. However, the Senate will eventually tackle the pro-abortion nominations President Barack Obama has made.
Obama nominated pro-abortion federal judge David Hamilton to fill a vacancy in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and pro-life advocates have strenuously opposed his nomination.
Hamilton was initially appointed by President Clinton to a district judgeship in Indiana in 1994 even though the ABA gave him a not qualified rating.
In that position, Hamilton issued a series of rulings over seven years that prevented Indiana from implementing its informed consent law that would give women information about abortion’s risks and alternatives.
Before the break, Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, a pro-abortion Vermont Democrat, complained about the slow pace of the full Senate approving the nominees his committee has passed.
I am disappointed that the Presidents first judicial nominations, and several other important executive nominations, remain pending in the Senate, he said.
The Senate must also eventually tackle the nomination of controversial Office of a Legal Counsel nominee Dawn Johnsen, who, ironically, is Hamilton’s sister-in-law.
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.
The Indiana University law professor was approved March 20 in committee along party lines, but Senate leader Harry Reid has yet to bring up her nomination for a vote in the Senate.
Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson and Arlen Specter both oppose Johnsen’s nomination as will most Republicans. And with the absence of ailing Sen. Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy’s passing, Reid may not be able to get to the 60-vote mark to end a filibuster.
The opposition to Johnsen is so strong that she will teach a seminar this fall at Indiana Universitys Maurer School of Law on promoting abortion in the law and will commute weekly from Washington to Bloomington, Indiana while she awaits confirmation.
Finally, the Senate may also eventually consider another appointee, John Holdren, President Obamas nominee to become Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In a recent blog post the Family Research Council focused on the specific objections to Holdren.
"In a book Mr. Holdren co-authored, he wrote that women could be forced to have abortions whether they wanted them or not," FRC writes.
"Holdren also said the population at large could be sterilized by infertility drugs put into the nations food or water, advocated the taking of babies from single mothers and giving them to couples, and said that people who ‘contribute to social deterioration,’ such as minorities or other so-called undesirables, should be forced to have abortions," the group added.
Despite their controversial nature, the Senate may eventually hold votes — though they could come after the health care debate has been resolved.
We’re working to get agreements on all the nominees that are pending, Reid spokeswoman Regan Lachapelle told Roll Call last month.
One prominent pro-life advocate LifeNews.com spoke with today indicated Reid may wait so he doesn’t jeopardize the vote on the pro-abortion government-run health care bills.
Sign Up for Free Pro-Life News From LifeNews.com
Daily Pro-Life News Report Twice-Weekly Pro-Life
News Report Receive a free daily email report from LifeNews.com with the latest pro-life news stories on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here. Receive a free twice-weekly email report with the latest pro-life news headlines on abortion, euthanasia and stem cell research. Sign up here.