Kagan Approval Lowest of Any Recent Supreme Court Pick Before Cmte Vote
by Steven Ertelt
July 19, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new Gallup poll shows just a plurality of Americans support Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The new survey also finds support for the pro-abortion Solicitor General is lower than the support for any recent previous Supreme Court nominee days before their committee vote.
Kagan will receive a vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee this week and Gallup shows just 44 percent of Americans support her nomination compared with 34 percent who opposed her.
That 10 percent net approval is lower than the 46-32 percent split and 14 percent net approval Gallup found in May.
Among the general public, a majority of self-identified Democrats, 68%, favor Kagan’s confirmation, compared with 43% of independents and 21% of Republicans. A majority of Republicans, 60%, are opposed.
But Gallup also found Kagan is not striking a chord with the public compared with prior nominees.
"If confirmed, Kagan would be the first successful nominee in recent years whose nomination was backed by less than a majority of Americans in the final poll before the Senate confirmation vote," the polling firm noted.
A higher percentage of Americans backed pro-abortion Sonia Sotomayor, 55 percent, Samuel Alito, 54 percent, John Roberts, 60 percent, pro-abortion Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 50 percent, and Clarence Thomas, 58 percent.
During questioning at the hearings, lawmakers questioned Kagan on memos she wrote during the Clinton administration manipulating the opinions of two medical groups that had said 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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