Kagan Tells Senate She Implemented Clinton’s Views, But She Promoted Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
June 29, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — During the Senate hearings today on her nomination to become the next member of the Supreme Court, pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan told lawmakers she attempted to implement former President Bill Clinton’s views when she worked for him during his administration.
However, Senate Republicans point LifeNews.com to a memo calling Clinton’s views on the partial-birth abortion ban a "problem."
Kagan ultimately went on to ignore and essentially manipulate an opinion form a medical group that said the gruesome abortion procedure was never necessary to protect the health of a woman.
"I worked for President Bill Clinton and we tried to implement his policy views and objectives," Kagan told the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
The Senate Republican conference is objecting to that statement and sent out a factsheet pointing to a memo Kagan wrote on February 5, 1996.
"Attached is a memo from Leon, Jack, George and Nancy-Ann Min on the partial birth abortion bill, setting forth four policy options and attaching a proposed letter to Senator Hatch. DOJ believes that only Option 4 is constitutional, while our Counsels office believes any of Options 2-4 are constitutionally sound. In essence these are the options," the memo reads.
The first option would have had the administration saying partial-birth abortions soul be legal unless the woman’s pregnancy presents health problems, essentially keeping all partial-birth abortions legal because the health exception wouldn’t prohibit any of them.
After hearing Clinton himself favored that option, Kagan called the stance a "problem," likely because the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said an expert panel it commissioned could find no medical reason why the partial-birth abortion procedure would ever be used to protect a woman’s life or health.
Kagan, in a December 14, 1996 memo, appeared to be upset that ACOG couldn’t find any justification for Clinton’s position.
This, of course, would be disaster — not the less so (in fact, the more so) because ACOG continues to oppose the legislation, she said of the inability to discern a medical reason for the second-trimester abortion procedure.
Kagan also appeared to suggest manipulating ACOG’s statement to support Clinton’s position.
Notes in Kagans handwriting list suggested options for modifying the ACOG position statement including having the Clinton administration claiming a partial-birth abortion "may be the best or most appropriate option.
That language made its way in the final version of the ACOG statement released about the ban along with the original language found by the panel of medical experts.
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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