Newspaper: Kagan’s Support for Infanticide-Abortion Should be "Kiss of Death"
by Steven Ertelt
July 9, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Washington Times released an editorial column today on the nomination of pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court. The Times says Kagan’s supporting partial-birth abortion (infanticide) should be the "kiss of death" for her nomination.
"Senators who vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court will need to answer this fall for ignoring legal ethics while contributing to the Obama administration’s culture of death," the Times says.
The editorial refers to the occasions on which she, during the Clinton administration, worked to persuade two medical organizations to change their opinion from originally stating that partial-birth abortions are never medically necessary for women.
"Kagan acted unethically – while an aide to President Clinton and in testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee – to promote the monstrosity known as partial-birth abortion," the Time says.
The Times’ editorial staff is not surprised Obama would pick an abortion advocate who is credited with helping keep partial-birth abortions legal for years more as "this nomination is in tune with President Obama’s career-long devaluation of human life."
The paper says Kagan "may be more responsible than anyone for keeping partial-birth abortion legal for an extra decade."
When the Clinton White House considered legislation to make partial-birth abortions illegal, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reported it "could identify no circumstances under which this procedure … would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman."
The Times points out Kagan pronounced this news a "disaster" because "it could give Mr. Clinton reason to restrict partial-birth abortions. She then set to work convincing ACOG to add a sentence making the practice seem more reasonable. Courts later quoted that sentence in deciding bans on the procedure were unconstitutional."
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.
Senators asked Kagan about the memos during Judiciary Committee hearings and she explained her actions away by saying she wanted to help ACOG form a more accurate opinion.
After citing her role in lobbying the medical organizations, the Times says senators need to keep this in mind when they vote.
"Democratic senators who harp about ethics – such as Pennsylvania turncoat Arlen Specter and Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold – should take offense at Ms. Kagan’s serious fudging under oath. Senate Democrats who claim to oppose partial-birth abortion – such as Nebraska’s Ben Nelson, Arkansas’ Blanche Lincoln and Nevada’s Harry Reid – should be held to account if they vote for her," the Times wrote.
"Kagan’s nomination should be set afire, and senators who might support her should feel the heat," the newspaper concluded.
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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