Petition Opposing Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Gets 8K Signatures, Sent to Senate
by Steven Ertelt
July 19, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A petition co-sponsored by Students for Life of America and LifeNews.com opposing the nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court, ultimately received almost 8,000 signatures. SFLA officials took copies of the signatures today to members of the Senate for whom they were intended.
This afternoon, pro-life students are hand-delivering the 7,800 petitions a day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on her confirmation.
SFLA and LifeNews.com created and promoted https://www.iopposekagan.com , an online petition opposing Kagans confirmation because of her radical support of abortion.
America does not need another activist justice on the Supreme Court, but rather one who respects the Constitution and individual rights, including those of the pre-born," SFLA director Kristan Hawkins remarked. "Confirming Kagan could mean 30 more years of legalized abortion in the United States even though a majority of Americans are now pro-life.
Hawkins complained that, while working for the Clinton Administration, Kagan was a strong advocate for partial birth abortion and cloning — going so far as to change scientific data to influence President Clinton to veto the partial-birth abortion ban.
People signing the petition told their senators: "I urge you to oppose President Obamas nomination of Elena Kagan for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. As a pro-life citizen, I believe that the pro-choice Ms. Kagan is the wrong choice for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice."
"As a U.S. Senator, you have the duty to confirm a Justice that will protect all life, even life for those most defenseless among us. You have the power to save millions of lives and help women and their families seek real help in times of need," the petition added.
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.
Related web sites:
Students for Life of America – https://www.studentsforlife.org
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