Lead Republican on Judiciary Committee Suggests Kagan Misled on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Lead Republican on Judiciary Committee Suggests Kagan Misled on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 16
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The leading Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has responded to a new report from Americans United for Life showing the extensive involvement Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan had in attempting to keep the three-day-long partial-birth abortion procedure legal.

Senator Jeff Sessions, a pro-life Alabama Republican, has read the report from AUL and is suggesting Kagan may have misled members of the panel.

During her testimony, Kagan made it appear she was a neutral party acting as an advisor to President Bill Clinton when he made the decision to veto the ban on partial-birth abortions Congress had passed at the time.

The report summarizes and expands on the information the committee has learned and documents from the administration reveal showing Kagan attempting to manipulate the opinion of two medical organizations and persuade Clinton to veto the bill.

“President Clinton seems to have been disposed to sign the ban, and Ms. Kagan seems to have persuaded him to reverse that position,” Sessions, according to a report in the newspaper Human Events. “In her testimony, Kagan clearly presented herself as a neutral staffer in the process, though this record suggests she was an active player in working to keep partial-birth abortion legal.”

Sessions, according to Human Events, also praised the AUL report for its thoroughness.

“Partial-birth abortion is a gruesome procedure. People strongly oppose it. AUL’s report provides a valuable perspective on the debate, its importance, the timeline of events, and the key role Ms. Kagan appears to have played in the outcome of the fight,” Sessions said.

"The debate over the legislation—in which Ms. Kagan played a major role—was intense, and the vote was much contested,” Sessions added. “I look forward to studying the facts carefully in an effort to fairly evaluate this contradiction.”

The report contains new information regarding Elena Kagan’s role, during her time in the Clinton Administration, in pressuring the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to change their policy statement on partial-birth abortion.

"Americans United for Life Action calls for a Senate investigation into the facts surrounding Elena Kagan’s amendment to the Policy Statement of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) on partial-birth abortion," the report, provided to LifeNews.com, reads.

The pro-life group wants the investigation to focus on "the discrepancies in Kagan’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on June 30, 2010, and the distorting impact of Kagan’s amendment on federal judicial and Supreme Court consideration of state and federal prohibitions on partial-birth abortion between 1997 and 2007."

"Kagan’s actions have raised unresolved questions," AUL maintains — and it had devastating consequences for abortion and the Supreme Court.

"Because of the lack of other reliable scientific data, the ACOG Policy Statement, as Kagan amended it, was relied upon by federal courts to invalidate the laws of 30 states and an act of Congress. This seriously compromised the integrity of the U.S. federal judicial process for more than a decade," the organization continues.

"Kagan’s willingness to amend and politicize an impartial medical report by a major medical organization in order to affect legal and judicial events at the highest level of the American judicial system, relating to a major piece of Congressional legislation, raises serious questions," the group added.

The memos Kagan wrote influencing ACOG and the American Medical Association have become a national debate concerning her Senate confirmation.

Related web sites:
Americans United for Life – https://www.aulaction.org
New Kagan Report – https://www.aul.org/featured-images/Kagan-Ethics-Report.pdf
Petition Against Kagan – https://www.iopposekagan.com
Facebook: Stop Kagan

 

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