Pro-Abortion Gov. Granholm: Obama Should Seek Non-Judge for Supreme Court

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 26, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Gov. Granholm: Obama Should Seek Non-Judge for Supreme Court

by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 26
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, who is said to be on the short list of potential Supreme Court nominees, tooted her own horn a bit over the weekend. She said pro-abortion President Barack Obama should consider naming someone who is not currently a judge to the high court vacancy.

Obama reportedly has a list of about 10 people he is considering to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens.

The list includes Judges Diane Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District Circuit.

But it also includes people like Granholm, pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan, pro-abortion Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School.

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union program, Granholm said “I think it’s a very wise move to consider experience that is not just from the judicial monastery."

“And, you know, for somebody to experience and see what everyday people are feeling and experiencing out there, I think is an important thing to consider,” Granholm added.

“Now, whether that’s something that would trump judicial experience, etc. That’s obviously the president’s call. It’s safe to say that someone like me would be an unconventional nominee, at least in – in the recent appointments that have been made," she told CNN.

The governor wouldn’t say if Obama is considering her for the Supreme Court, but said she was vetted last year when Obama ultimately chose pro-abortion Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

At least one pro-life advocate has already weighed in on the potential of a Granholm nomination and said she is opposed to it because Granholm backs abortion.

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, told previously, "Pro-abortion Governor Jennifer Granholm is no better. Helen Milliken, wife of former Michigan Governor William Milliken, once praised Granholm by stating, "Granholm may well be our last line of defense if Roe v. Wade is overturned.’"

Ultimately, Yoest believes Obama will nominate an abortion advocate — whether it’s Granholm or someone else.

"Given his judgment in choosing Justice Sonia Sotomayor last August, we can expect his next nominee to be equally pro-abortion, with negative repercussions on the pro-life movement in the decades to come," Yoest said in an email to

"The damage that another pro-abortion Judge could do to the cause of life is immeasurable. Future life-related cases could include limits on later-term abortions, enhanced informed consent regulations, abortion pre-screening requirements, and perhaps overturning Roe v. Wade itself. Imagine the consequences of having a pro-abortion judge deciding these cases," Yoest said.

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