Pro-Life Advocates to Testify Thursday on Pro-Abortion Nominee Elena Kagan
by Steven Ertelt
June 29, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After senators finish their job of asking pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a plethora of questions about her legal views, they will hear from legal experts activists and people who have strong views about Kagan from both sides of the political divide.
When they do, they will hear from two pro-life leaders: Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest.
According to the official witness list released by the committee, Perkins and Yoest are the only members of any abortion-related groups slated to testify — and pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood will not have a representative addressing the panel.
Both have agreed to speak as official Senate witnesses, invited by Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday afternoon.
"Less than a dozen or so non-members are called upon to speak, so it is a distinct honor–and opportunity–for FRC as we work to highlight just how extreme this administration is in its policies and personnel," Perkins told LifeNews.com about his speaking.
Perkins says pro-life advocates know Kagan’s "credentials will help this administration steer the court into a new level of liberal social activism. That will be among FRC’s primary concerns during my testimony at this week’s hearings."
Meanwhile, this is the second time Yoest will appear before the panel — as she also testified against pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the first selection President Barack Obama made for the Supreme Court last year.
AUL informed LifeNews.com that "Yoest will voice her concerns about Elena Kagan by calling attention to Kagans agenda-driven judicial philosophy and her radical views on abortion."
"Kagans admiration of the worlds most agenda-driven judge, Israels Aharon Barack, whom she called her judicial hero, along with Kagans record and associations are cause for deep concern," the group said.
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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