Senate Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week
by Steven Ertelt
July 12, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Senate Judiciary Committee had been slated to vote on the nomination of pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court on Tuesday. However, members of the panel will now vote on her nomination next week instead and Kagan is expected to be approved by the Democrat-controlled committee.
Republican senators decided today to use the right given under the Senate Judiciary Committee rules that allow any member of the committee to delay a confirmation vote by one week.
Aides to Republican lawmakers told various news sources that lawmakers wanted more time to review Kagan’s record and a plethora of documents from during her time in the Clinton administration.
because the vote on Kagan’s nomination to the high court can’t be delayed again, that means the committee will likely cast a vote on Tuesday, July 20 and Senate Democrats would have until august 6, a Friday, to meet their goal of confirming her to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens before Congress takes its August break.
Currently, two Democrats — pro-abortion Sens. Mark Udall and Al Franken, have issues statements saying they support Kagan’s nomination.
That contrasts with nine Republicans who are on record opposing Kagan: Bob Bennett, Jim DeMint, Orrin Hatch, Jim Inhofe, Johnny Isakson, Mike Johanns, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, and Lisa Murkowski.
During the Clinton administration, Kagan worked to persuade two medical organizations to change their opinion from originally stating that partial-birth abortions are never medically necessary for women.
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.
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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