Pro-Abortion Groups Respond to Obama’s Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan
by Steven Ertelt
May 10, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Immediately after President Barack Obama nominated pro-abortion Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become a Supreme Court justice, leading abortion advocacy groups climbed on board with their tentative support. NOW and NARAL issued statements less than an hour after Obama’s announcement.
That prominent groups that support unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense would strongly support Kagan tells pro-life advocates all they need to know about her position on abortion and how she would rule on the high court.
In a statement LifeNews.com obtained, NOW said it "applauds" Obama’s decision to nominate Kagan, mainly because she is a woman.
"Women have been under-represented on the Supreme Court for far too long," said NOW President Terry O’Neill.
"When Justice Stevens announced his upcoming retirement, NOW called on President Obama to nominate a woman to increase women’s representation to an all-time high of one-third. We are pleased that the president heard us and apparently agrees that it is about time for women to make up a critical mass on the Supreme Court," she added.
Still, O’Neill claimed she wanted to know more about Kagan with comments likely meant to make it appear she will not be biased in favor of abortion.
"We will listen carefully to Elena Kagan’s answers, to determine if she will be a defender of the rights of women," she said.
"Justice Stevens was a clear champion of social justice, who will leave behind a proud liberal legacy. We are eager to learn that Elena Kagan, too, will stand for equality and fairness across the board," the NOW president said.
NARAL president Nancy Keenan also attempted to play down her group’s enthusiasm by making it appear Kagan has an undeveloped abortion position.
"We call on the Senate to give Solicitor General Kagan a fair hearing and look forward to learning more about her views on the right to privacy and the landmark Roe v. Wade decision," NARAL president Nancy Keenan said. "President Obama recently reiterated his strong support for constitutional principles that protect women’s rights. We will work to ensure Americans receive clear answers to questions regarding these principles as this nomination process moves forward."
"Given the current composition of the court, we will assess Solicitor General Kagan’s complete record on privacy and other relevant issues in the same way we did during Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation process," Keenan said.
Unlike Chief Justice Roberts or Justice Alito, each of whom had anti-choice records before coming to the Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor articulated several times throughout her hearing that the constitutional right to privacy includes the right to choose, and thus we supported her nomination for a seat on the nation’s highest court," she added.
Still, Keenan praised Kagan for her supposed "sound record of legal accomplishment" even though she has no judicial experience.
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