NOW Endorses Elena Kagan for Supreme Court, Ignores Abortion Distortions
by Steven Ertelt
July 2, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — After tentatively supporting pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan after President Barack Obama announced her nomination, NOW has issued its full-fledged support. However, NOW is ignoring the ways in which Elena Kagan manipulated medical groups’ opinion on abortion and women.
NOW’s national board voted unanimously to endorse Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice.
The vote took place in Boston the day before the opening of NOW’s 2010 National Conference.
"NOW calls for a swift confirmation of Elena Kagan by the full Senate. Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens leaves behind big shoes to fill, but after listening carefully to Kagan’s testimony during the Senate hearings this week, NOW is confident that she will prove herself a champion of equality and justice for all," said NOW President Terry O’Neill.
O’Neill continued: "If confirmed, Kagan will make history by creating the first-ever trio of women to serve on the United States Supreme Court at the same time, yet another first for this accomplished woman. But this will be more than a symbolic, inspiring achievement for women — it will be a genuine victory for every woman and girl who benefits from her years of service on the high court."
However, NOW made no comment on questions Kagan faced about memos she wrote during the Clinton administration in which she pressured two medical groups to modify their stance saying partial-birth abortions offer no medical benefit for women.
Kagan’s story seemed to vacillate as she initially could not remember, but then admitted to writing, memos that urged the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to change its position on partial-birth abortions.
While Kagan’s memos resulted in pressuring ACOG to back down on its assertion that the three-day-long abortion procedure is never necessary to protect the life or health of a woman, and while the Supreme Court ultimately cited ACOG’s revised stance to overturn a state ban on the abortion procedure, Kagan insisted she was merely doing the bidding of former President Bill Clinton, who vetoed a national ban.
Kagan also sought to influence the American Medical Association and get the AMA to revise its opinion that partial-birth abortions provide no medical benefit for women.
The memos are important because the Supreme Court initially relied on the opinion of the medical groups to overturn a state ban on partial-birth abortions that had no health exception.
Later, the Supreme Court reversed itself and said a national partial-birth abortion ban was constitutional and no health exception is necessary.
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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