NARAL, NOW Urge Barack Obama to Select Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Justice Replacing Stevens
by Steven Ertelt
April 11, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two prominent pro-abortion groups are urging President Barack Obama to select a strong abortion advocate when he chooses a Supreme Court nominee to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Stevens was a member of the majority of Supreme Court justices who support the Roe v. Wade decision and its 52 million abortions.
After Stevens announced his upcoming retirement this summer, NARAL praised Justice Stevens’ record and implored Obama to nominate a new high court judge just as strenuously pro-abortion as Stevens.
"Given the current composition of the court, we will assess the eventual nominee’s complete record on privacy and other relevant issues in the same way we did during Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation process," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said.
"One thing is certain: opponents of women’s freedom and privacy will use this vacancy on the court as an opportunity to further their attacks on nominees who have taken pro-choice positions," Keenan added.
The National Organization for Women also weighed in on Stevens’ retirement and called on Obama to ignore qualified male jurists and only pick a woman for the high court.
NOW, a longtime abortion advocacy group, wants another woman to go along with pro-abortion Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
"NOW is dedicated to achieving gender parity on the Supreme Court, and we call on President Obama to nominate a woman to fill this seat," NOW President Terry O’Neill said in a statement. "The Supreme Court is out of balance, with women making up a mere 22 percent of the bench. That’s simply not enough."
The pro-abortion women’s group also hailed Justice Stevens’s record, including his support for the killing of unborn children.
"The Supreme Court will lose an influential member, and women will lose a real champion when Justice John Paul Stevens retires at the end of this session," the group said in its statement LifeNews.com received. "Since 1975, Justice Stevens has played a critical role in a number of key Supreme Court decisions. Stevens was a consistent vote in upholding Roe v. Wade."
"NOW wishes Justice Stevens well in his retirement, and will honor his many contributions at our national conference in Boston this July," it added.
Two of the top potential nominees for Obama include pro-abortion activists Diane Wood and Elana Kagan, both of whom would meet the criteria set up by NOW and NARAL.
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