Senate Republicans Plan to Attend Hearings on Pro-Abortion Nominee Elena Kagan
by Steven Ertelt
June 23, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee "fully expect" to be in attendance at the confirmation hearings on pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Sen Jeff Sessions, the pro-life Alabama Republican who is the leading GOP member on the panel, said in an interview Tuesday he expects GOP lawmakers to attend.
The potential for boycotting the hearing came up in response to a lack of documents lawmakers have still not received concerning Kagan’s time as a top aide during the Clinton administration.
Some documents that have already been produced reveal Kagan helped provide former President Bill Clinton political cover for vetoing a ban on partial-birth abortions.
Sessions told Politico on Monday that GOP lawmakers on the panel may boycott the hearings if the documents are not provided beforehand.
"I don’t feel like we’re prepared yet," Sessions said. "It’s becoming more clear that this is not an easy thing to get ready this quick."
Now, Sessions says a boycott would only happen if "we had a really serious situation" and no documents had been produced on the nominee.with less than a week before the committee holds its hearing.
Asked if the GOP would boycott the hearings, Sessions told Politico: "I hope that nothing like that will will occur. I think if only if we had a really serious situation where, clearly, documents that need to be produced weren’t produced, we could have some difficulties as we go forward."
"I think we have a responsibility to make sure the hearings are conducted fairly. And I I remain optimistic that we’ll reach an accommodation on these matters," he added.
"We fully expect to be here. We are going to do our very best to be ready and to go forward with a vigorous hearing to raise the issues that need to be raised," he continued.
Over the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the initial information on Kagan has been "quite troubling" and he left the door open for a potential filibuster.
"I think some of her views are quite troubling, at least to me, in the area of political speech and the First Amendment," he said. "She has basically argued before the Supreme Court that the government could ban pamphlets. I find that very troubling."
However, McConnell stressed that it is premature to say what the strategy on the Senate floor will be since committee hearings have yet to start on Obama’s second pro-abortion selection for the nation’s highest and most influential court.
Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee was Sonia Sotomayor who is now positioned on the high court to keep abortion legal another three decades.
Pro-life groups have described Elena Kagan as the stereotypical judicial activist and abortion advocate.
She clerked for pro-abortion Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she lauded, and her writings dating back to her college days are filled with accolades for judges who took the law into their hands and twisted it for a desired outcome rather than relying on the people through their elected officials.
Kagan helped Bill Clinton defend his veto of a partial-birth abortion ban — the gruesome abortion procedure when a baby is birthed halfway and then jabbed in the head with medical scissors, killing him or her. She helped Clinton find political cover for his decision to keep those abortions legal.
Kagan went as far as advocating that the Clinton administration not only ignore but manipulate the opinion of a national medical group that said there was never any medical justification for killing unborn children halfway out of the birth canal.
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