Top Republican Suggests Filibuster of Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Still a Possibility
by Steven Ertelt
June 24, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The leading Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says there is still a possibility that Republicans will mount a filibuster against pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. She has drawn strong opposition from a number of pro-life organizations that cite her support for abortion, human cloning, and assisted suicide.
"I wouldn’t take it off the table," Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a pro-life Alabama lawmaker, said, according to USA Today.
Sessions said any decision on a filibuster by Senate Republicans would happen after the hearings take place next week, adding "I don’t think you can predict the outcome."
"Each senator will have to decide," Sessions said about whether they will mount a filibuster.
He told the newspaper GOP lawmakers will ask Kagan during the hearings about her lack of judicial experience and her writings that show a reliance on and support for judicial advocacy, making law from the bench, and using international law to make decisions on American jurisprudence.
Sessions said the one big difference between the vote on Kagan and that of pro-abortion advocate Sonia Sotomayor last year is that Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts and provides the party with the 41st vote necessary to uphold a filibuster.
However, Kagan may earn the support of some moderate, pro-abortion GOP senators like Brown, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, or others.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also talked about Kagan on Wednesday.
"On Monday, the Senate will begin the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. And I think its safe to say most Americans dont know all that much about her. But a fuller picture of this nominee is beginning to emerge," he said. "The recent release of documents relating to Ms. Kagans work in the Clinton White House reveals a woman who was committed to advancing a political agenda a woman who was less concerned about objectively analyzing the law than the ways in which the law could be used to advance a political goal."
"We dont know how Elena Kagan will apply the law because she has no judicial record, little experience as a private practitioner, and no significant writings for the last several years. So the question before the Senate is whether, given Ms. Kagans background as a political advisor and academic, we believe she could impartially apply the law to groups with which she doesnt agree and for which she and the Obama Administration might not empathize. So far, I dont have that confidence," he continued.
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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