Diane Wood Maybe Too Pro-Abortion for Obama Nomination to Supreme Court
by Steven Ertelt
April 19, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Political observers have settled on a list of about a dozen potential nominees to the Supreme Court and federal appeals court Judge Diane Wood is frequently considered one of the top three likely nominees. However, Wood is considered one of the most ardently pro-abortion — and it may cost her.
President Barack Obama will have to consider a replacement for retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens.
Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, told the Washington Post today that Wood’s pro-abortion record is "her Achilles’ heel."
"It tells you that she’s probably not going to be selected, because Obama doesn’t have the stomach for this to be about an abortion debate," he said.
But Nan Aron, head of the liberal Alliance for Justice, a pro-abortion group, told the Post that critics like Levey "are misconstruing some carefully reasoned opinions for their own political ends."
"No one expects a Democratic president to appoint a justice or a judge who is anti-choice," he said.
Wood is a member of the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and she 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.
The Supreme Court twice overturned her opinion and, in February 2006, ruled a second time that federal racketeering laws used against mob bosses can’t be used against pro-life advocates who protest abortions.
Wood kept alive the lawsuit against pro-life advocates even though the high court had already issued an 8-0 decision in their favor.
Joseph Scheidler, the defendant in the lawsuit, said after the decision that Wood " claimed an affiliation with Chicago NOW and Planned Parenthood throughout the duration of the" case.
Fellow 7th Circuit Judge Daniel A. Manion went as far as admonishing Wood in his opinion.
"I believe the Supreme Court meant what it said," he wrote and cited the high court’s opinion. "At that point, we should have closed the case."
Finally, Wood wrote a dissent in a case concerning an Indiana law requiring counseling and informed consent prior to an abortion. Similar laws in other states have reduced the number of abortions by giving women information about abortion risks and alternatives and have been upheld by the Supreme Court.
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