Planned Parenthood Endorses Elena Kagan Nomination for Supreme Court
by Steven Ertelt
May 12, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, has endorsed President Barack Obama’s nomination of pro-abortion Solicitor general Elena Kagan for the open Supreme Court spot. Its endorsement was less reserved than those of NARAL and NOW.
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, issued a curious statement mixing the traditionally pro-life concept of the rule of law with support for abortion.
It is clear that Americans want a Supreme Court justice who has a deep understanding of the law, an appreciation of the impact of the court’s decisions on everyday Americans, and a commitment to the rule of law and protecting our individual liberties," she said.
"We are confident that Kagan will bring the dedication and commitment that have marked her career with her to the highest court in the land," Richards added.
Despite her status as the first Supreme Court nominee in decades with no judicial experience, Richards touted her experience in other areas.
"Elena Kagan is an accomplished and experienced lawyer and legal scholar who has been a trailblazer throughout her career," she said.
"She was the first woman to be named solicitor general of the United States. Earlier in her career, she was also the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School," she added.
Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, another top pro-abortion group, also issued an endorsement of Kagan.
"I commend President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States," she said.
"With Elena Kagan, President Obama has selected a strong, independent and intelligent woman for the bench. Her experience and background as Solicitor General and Dean of Harvard Law School will add balance to the court," she said.
She concluded: "If confirmed by the Senate, Elena Kagan would serve as the fourth woman ever to sit on the court, and the Supreme Court would have a record three women on the bench. With her nomination the court is one step closer to reflecting the diversity that makes our country so great."
Leading pro-life organizations have issued unanimous opposition to Kagan’s nomination.
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