Committee Hears From Pro-Life Advocates Questioning Kagan’s Abortion Memos
by Steven Ertelt
July 1, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from two pro-life advocates who informed the four members of the panel who showed up to hear from the witnesses that Elena Kagan has not fully informed the committee of her extensive abortion lobbying as a member of the Clinton administration.
They pointed out that Kagan attempted to lobby two different medical organizations to change their opinion on partial-birth abortions to justify Bill Clinton’s veto of a ban on them.
The Supreme Court ultimately cited the views of the organizations as a reason to initially declared partial-birth abortions ban unconstitutional in a 2000 case, before later reversing itself in a decision upholding a national ban.
"Kagans appointment as the record shows she was willing to manipulate the facts to pursue her own personal political agenda while serving as an advisor to President Clinton. Indeed, she demonstrated a pattern of behavior of letting her passion for a particular policy in this case partial-birth abortion overwhelm her judgment," Yoest said, adding Kagan will be an "agenda-drive justice."
"I urge this Committee to officially investigate the discrepancies that have arisen this week between Ms. Kagans testimony and the written record about her actions related to lobbying the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists during her tenure in the Clinton White House. The questions surrounding this period are troubling and call into question Ms. Kagans ability to adopt an impartial judicial temperament," Yoest added.
"Kagan was so opposed to the passage of a ban on partial-birth abortion," Yoest said, that she was willing to use her position in the Clinton administration to persuade him to veto a ban on it.
"She made a decision to advocate for partial birth abortion to the point that she was willing to manipulate medical science," Yoest added. "Let me just say, as a woman, this deeply offends me."
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council also testified and said the "just made public report of her re-writing of the medical findings of ACOG on partial birth abortion as advisor in the Clinton White House, raises doubts as to whether she possesses the requisite judicial temperament and impartial nature required of a Supreme Court justice."
"These positions and the temperament accompanying them make her unfit to sit as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. I urge the Senate to reject her nomination," he added.
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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